Apples and Pears Events List
MAN tries to include details of all relevant events within the Marcher Counties and the more significant national events. (Pictures from a number of events can be found in the Photograph Gallery at www.marcherapple.net/photogl.htm). Courses at www.marcherapple.net/course.htm, however, are listed separately. If you are organising or know of a forthcoming event which you think should be included here then please contact the Webmaster. If you spot an error would you also please let the Webmaster know so a correction can be made.
For other events you may find the following useful
- The Three Counties Cider and Perry Association’s Events List (www.thethreecountiesciderandperryassociation.co.uk/events/) is specific to cider and perry and mainly covers events in the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
- Herefordshire CAMRA are strong supporters of local Cider Makers (www.herefordcamra.org.uk/cider.htm) and associated events.
- The National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events) organises apple events at many of its properties (Telephone 0870 458 400 for details).
It is always advisable, especially if you intend to travel from some distance, to confirm the time and details from the organisers.
At events where Marcher Apple Network will be present (shown with dates in bold) pomological advice will be available and books and CDs will be for sale. At events marked with an asterisk there will be an apple display and MAN will provide an identification service. Please note that for identifications three typical specimens of apple or pear are required and that there is a charge.
Events in 2015
*Saturday/ Sunday, 29th/ 30th August. Black Mountains Festival, Talgarth, Powys. MAN will be in the Cattle Market on the Sunday, from 11.00-5.00pm. Display of early apples & identification of ripe early varieties. Tastings and fruit for sale.
Thursday 3rd September. Visit to F P Matthews (www.frankpmatthews.com) of Berrington near Tenbury Wells. Starting at 11:00 this guided tour will include seeing the fruit trial orchard, nursery for trees, the Tree Shop for browsing and lunch. Restricted to members of MAN and Gloucester Orchard Trust and costing only £12.00, a booking form can be found here (www.marcherapple.net/Resources/forms/MAN20150903FPMvisit.docx).
Tuesday 8th September. Wildlife training session at Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust from 10:00-3:30pm. Find out why traditional orchards are so important for wildlife in the company of Gary Farmer. An opportunity to learn from an expert and to get ‘hands on’ with wildlife in the orchard next door. If interested contact of the Three Countries Traditional Orchard Project for more details.
Friday 11th September. All about orchards at the Model Farm near Hildersley, Ross on Wye from 10:00-3:30pm. A great opportunity to get an introduction to traditional orchards - what they are and how to look after them. We’ll be putting this to good use in the afternoon by starting work in the little orchard there. If interested contact of the Three Countries Traditional Orchard Project for more details.
Friday to Sunday 11th to 13th September. The Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival (www.foodfestival.co.uk). There is always a good selection of local cider makers and fruit juicers in attendance.
*Sunday, 13th September. Note the correct date! Entertainment under the Apples at Penlanole, near the Vulcan Arms, south of Rhayader, Powys. Please note that for safety reasons, the approach will be to the back of the farm and will be signposted from the A470. From 2:00-5:00pm. For details Tel. 01597-811487.
Sunday 13th September. Orchard work day, 10:00-3:30pm, Pershore. The Three Countries Traditional Orchard Project needs your help to clear a historic and very small orchard near the bridge. If interested contact for more details.
Saturday 19th and Tuesday 22nd September at Cradley Village Hall (WR13 5LH), near Malvern, Three Countries Traditional Orchard Project offer places on a 2-day digital storytelling workshop. It’s about telling a short story through images and sound and we hope to use film, photos and your narrative to capture the story of what we are doing on the TCTOP project. If interested contact
*Saturday/Sunday, 26th/27th September. The Autumn Show (www.threecounties.co.uk/malvernautumn/) at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern.
Thursday, 1st October. Trumpet Ploughing Match & West of England Fruit Show (www.trumpetanddistrictagriculturalsociety.co.uk/). (No apple display.) Details of venue from Mrs. J. Green, Warren Cottage, Lower Eggleton, Ledbury HR8 2UJ. Tel. 01531-670608.
Thursday, 1st October. MAN Apple Identification sessions start on Thursdays at 10:00 in The Harp, Glasbury-on-Wye.
*Saturday, 3rd October. Applefest 2015 (www.tenburyapplefest.co.uk), Tenbury Wells, held on the town’s Burgage Recreational Area, from 10:00-5:00pm.
Friday 9th October. Fruit ID Session from 10:00-3:00pm, Worcester Woods Country Park. Do you know your Bramleys from your Cox’s? This is a chance to learn how to identify apples and to see the huge variety we have on offer locally. Bring along your mystery fruit and find out what you have! Contact of the Three Countries Traditional Orchard Project for more details.
*Saturday/ Sunday, 10th/ 11th October. The Big Apple (www.bigapple.org.uk). Weekend rural events in and around Much Marcle. entry to historic grounds of Hellens, from 12:00-4:45pm where there will be apple and pear displays, ID services and tastings of a selection of cooking apples. Further details of talks, demonstrations and other events, from Jackie Denman, Tel. 01531 670544.
Sunday 11th October. Fruit ID from 10am at GOT Orchard and Rural Skills Centre, Brookthorpe. An opportunity to learn how to identify fruit at Helen and Dave Kaspar’s Days Cottage Orchard, the idyllic base for their successful juice and traditional orchard business. Limited places for Gloucester Orchard Trust members and Three Countries Traditional Orchard Project volunteers, so you must book for the event by contacting of the Three Countries Traditional Orchard Project for more details.
*Saturday, 17th October. Leominster Apple Fair at The Priory, Leominster. 10:00-4:00pm. Parking nearby in Bridge Street Car Park. Details from Felicity Norman, Tel. 01568 780886.
Saturday/Sunday, 17th/ 18th October. Cidermaking Festival at the Cider Museum (www.cidermuseum.co.uk/), Ryelands Street, Hereford. Demonstrations of traditional cidermaking, coopering and blacksmithing. Tutored cider tastings. Morris Dancing. Further details from the Cider Museum, Tel. 01432 354207.
Sunday, 18th October. Woodland Trust will be holding an inaugural Community event at Cefn Ila, near Usk. MAN may be in attendance (if interested to join this, please contact Mrs. M Ward on 01497 847847). There is an old orchard on the site with it is suspected “heritage and local varieties”. It might be a voyage of discovery!
*Sunday, 2nd November (to be confirmed). Chepstow Apple Day, organized by Chepstow Town Council at the Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow. Admission free. 11.00-4.00pm. MAN Apple display, apple juice, cider and perry tasting.
Friday 13th November (provisional date). Malvern Conference.
Events in 2016
6th January. Leominster Morris (www.leominstermorris.org), The Wassail. Details will be announced nearer the time.
Saturday 13th February, or Sunday 14th February (weather dependent).Winter Pruning Course led by Paul Davis (www.applewise.co.uk/). We’ll begin at 11:00 and finish about 15:00 or when enthusiasm diminishes. The course will be restricted to 12 people. Paul will explain the objectives of winter pruning, provide guidance notes and give a demonstration of pruning at MAN’s Tredomen Court orchard. You may then carry out guided pruning on the trees to gain a wider variety of ‘hands on’ experience. Whilst MAN will be providing pruning equipment for the course you are welcome to bring your own. Lunch will be taken at a nearby café/ restaurant. (The cost of lunch is not included in the course fee). There are no toilet facilities except at lunch time. Please phone Mrs M. Ward on 01497 847847 to confirm a place before sending in your booking form. If the weather is inclement we have an alternative reserved four weeks later, Saturday 12th with alternate Sunday 13th March.
Saturday 27th February. Grafting Course led by Paul Davis at Glasbury Village Hall. This is the fourth year for running the successful and enjoyable course. The course starts at 10:00 and runs till about 15:00. All equipment, four rootstocks and many scions will be available to choose from; you are welcome to bring your own equipment (secateurs and grafting knife) and graftwood if you wish. Bring your lunch or enjoy it in a local Pub. As places are limited to about a dozen, please phone Mrs M. Ward on 01497 847847 to confirm a place before sending in your booking form.
One day in Summer. MAN are intending to run a Summer Pruning course for June/July 2016. Details will be posted on the Website and available on request to Mrs M. Ward (as above).
Help is required at all events. (Free tickets provided & mileage paid!) If you can assist at any of the events which MAN will be attending please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator.