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). Courses, 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 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 and associated events.
- The National Trust 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 2017
Major apple events
*= Apple display and MAN ID service.
Saturday/ Sunday, 26–27th August. Black Mountains Festival, Talgarth, Powys. MAN will be in the Cattle Market on the Sunday, from 11:00-17:00. Display of early apples & identification of ripe early varieties. Tastings and fruit for sale.
Saturday and Sunday 26-27th August. Witcombe Cider Festival www.witcombeciderfestival.co.uk 50 different cider & perries and a great range of activities
Friday-Sunday 1st-3rd September, Ross Cider Festival. Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Company http://rosscider.com/events/cider-festival/
Sunday, 3rd September. Cefn Ila, near Usk http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/5611/cefn-ila/ , Open day organized by Woodland Trust.
Wednesday 6 September, 11:00. Visit to the Frank P Matthews Tree Nursery, Tenbury Wells WR15 8TH http://www.frankpmatthews.com/ . To book, send a cheque for £15 made out to Marcher Apple Network, together with the your name and contact details, to Jilly Rosser, 16 Canon Frome Court, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2TD Closing date: 15 August 2017.
Friday to Sunday 8th to 10th September. The Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival http://www.foodfestival.co.uk/ . There is always a good selection of local cider makers and fruit juicers in attendance.
Sunday, 10th September from 14:00, Hartpury Heritage Day, Orchard Centre, Blackwell’s End, Hartpury GL19 3DB https://www.hartpuryheritage.org.uk/our-initiatives/the-national-perry-pear-centre/background/ . The National Collection of Perry Pears Over 50 varieties on display (crops permitting!), Explore the Wildlife Wetland and bring your perry Pear for identification
*Sunday, 10th September. 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. http://www.penlanoleorganics.co.uk/events.php
Sunday 10th September. Frampton-On-Severn Country Fair, www.framptoncountryfair.co.uk Gloucestershire Orchard Trust will have a stand and apple display.
Thursday 14th September at the Harp Inn Glasbury (tentatively) MAN ID Session on early variety apples. Weekly workshop from Thursday 28th September from 10:00.
12th September The Northern Fruit Group: Session for people who want to identify pears – We will be looking at characteristics and at the early DNA results from last year.
The event is at Lowdham near Nottingham on September 12 and is listed on The Northern Fruit Group’s Facebook page.
*Saturday/Sunday, 23rd/24th September. Autumn Show at Three Counties Showground, Malvern http://www.threecounties.co.uk/tradestands/malvernautumn/
Thursday, 5th October. [tbc] Trumpet Ploughing Match & West of England Fruit Show. (No apple display.) Details of venue from Mrs. J. Green, Warren Cottage, Lower Eggleton, Ledbury HR8 2UJ. Tel. 01531-670608.
*Saturday, 7th October. Applefest. Tenbury Wells, held on the town’s Burgage Recreational Area, from 10:00–17:00, Further details: www.tenburyapplefest.co.uk
*Saturday, 7th & Sunday 8th October. Berrington Hall, National Trust property near Leominster 10:00–17:00. “Various stalls, apple display and purchase. Identification service by MAN with pruning and grafting demos. Food, music, horse and carriage rides”. Details from Wade Muggleton, email@example.com
*Saturday, 7th October, Madley Environmental Centre, Stoney Street, Madley, Hereford. HR2 9NH, 11:00-15:00. Apple pressing and tasting, orchard talks, apple based games and activities for children, apple identification, juice and cider stalls. Refreshments available include hot pork rolls with apple sauce, apple cakes and puddings, teas and coffees. Details from Louise Murphy 01981 251616, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website www.mesc.org.uk
Saturday 14th October. Apple Day at The Green Wood Centre, Coalbrookdale near Telford, from 10:00–17:00 http://www.shropshireappletrust.co.uk/appleday.php Apple pressing using the large community apple press, fresh juice for sale; hog roast, live music, apple display and apple trees for sale, cider bar, WI stalls, craft demonstrations and hands-on opportunities to practise polelathing, pottery, etc. Contact: 01952-433594 or 432046.
*Saturday/Sunday, 14-15th October.‘THE BIG APPLE’. Weekend rural events in and around Much Marcle http://www.bigapple.org.uk/ . £2 entry to historic grounds of Hellens, from 11:00–16:45 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.
*Saturday, 21st October. Leominster Apple Fair at The Priory, Leominster. 10:00–16:00. Parking nearby in Bridge Street Car Park. “Various stalls, apple display and ID by MAN”. Details from Felicity Norman, Tel. 01568–780886.
*Saturday and Sunday 21st– 22nd October, National Botanic Garden for Wales, Llanarthne, SA32 8HN, 10:00 – 18:00, Apple Weekend https://botanicgarden.wales/visit/whatson/. MAN members will be there for idewntification. Paul David attends every year with a display of his apples and also brings pot grown trees along for purchase.
Friday 21st October, National Apple Day http://commonground.org.uk/projects/orchards/apple-day/
*Sunday, 29th October Chepstow Apple Day, organized by Chepstow Town Council at the Drill Hall, Chepstow. Admission free. 11:00-16:00. MAN Apple display, apple juice, cider and perry tasting.
Saturday 25th November MAN AGM at 11:00 in the Village Hall in Pudleston (between Leominster and Bromyard), HR6 0RA (though if using SatNav better HR6 0QY) http://pudlestonvillagehall.com/ MAN AGM, with guest speakers Karen Humphries of the Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project and Rosemary Winnall of the Wyre Forestry Study Group.
For 2018 it is likely that again we’ll have similar orchard maintenance activities next winter season, with details to be made available nearer the time on the website.
Early January Leominster Morris, The Wassail. Details will be announced nearer the time on our website.
Saturday 10th February 2018 (to be confirmed, weather dependent, alternative Sunday 12th) 11:00 – 15:00 at Tredomen – Pruning Course.
Friday 16th February 2018 from 10:00 – 15:00 at Tredomen to be confirmed – pruning (practice) for orchard maintenance.
Late February 2018 from 10:00 –15:00 at Paramor – tree planting and pruning (practice) for orchard maintenance.
February and/or March – one or more Grafting Courses.