11th-12th October – The Big Apple Harvestime Festival 2014 (Herefordshire) Preview

Address: Multiple locations around Herefordshire (Website)

Event Information:

Join us in celebrating English apples and cider on the 25th anniversary of the Big Apple – a real opportunity to enjoy the autumn countryside in this corner of Herefordshire in and around Much Marcle.

Share our Tradition of Apple Growing and Cidermaking

We have put together for you a collection of small rural events where you can enjoy our local orchards, famous for their cider fruit and excellent eating apples.

In this unique event, we will be opening our farms and orchards, cider mills and barns for you to visit.  Eight special venues in all, each one of them different but all with one thing in common – apples!  (and pears)

Pick and Mix

Your programme is entirely flexible – you can choose where and when to go for an afternoon, a day or a full weekend.  You can simply come for a walk or to buy some apples.  Or you can fit in several different events.  The map and programme of special events will help you to plan your visit.

Come and Explore

Of course you can use your car to get around.  But you may like to know that many of our venues are in walking distance of each other, and cycling is also a great way to get about.  A tractor and trailer service, kindly provided by Westons Cider, will be running all weekend carrying visitors between six of our venues. See map for route and stops.  The service is free but donations will be welcome.

Experience The Big Apple – all of it!

Look out for our special Big Apple Trail card.   For just 50p, purchase a card from any venue when you arrive.  At each venue you visit, you can collect a stamp for taking part in a simple activity.  Collect four or more stamps from different venues during the weekend and you can enter a prize draw to spend a day with one of our cidermakers.

The Venues

Check for exact opening times but all are normally open between 11.00am and 5.00pm

1. Woodredding Farm

Yatton,  Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7RG  (Grid ref 640298) 10.30am – 5pm. Hands on experience pressing cider fruit or perry pears using 18th century press.  Waymarked orchard walk. Sausage baps and Welsh cakes.  […]

2. Avenue Cottage

Much Marcle, (HR8 2NU (Grid ref 649321) 10am – 5pm Cottage perrymaking, an abundance of traditional fruit and nut trees, new and old, and fruiting hedges of edible berries. Watch the […]

3. Westons Cider

Much Marcle, HR8 2NQ (Grid ref 648331) 10am – 5pm Guided tours (£8.00/£4)  11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm. Play park (10am – 4pm). See Westons’ own Polled Hereford cattle. Bottle Museum tearoom. Big Apple Weekend […]

4. Much Marcle Memorial Hall

Much Marcle, HR8 2LY  (Grid ref 658330) 10am – 5pm  Refreshments available all day.  Morning coffee, ploughman’s lunches.  Apple teas – delicious! Produce stall Toilet facilities, small car park.

5. St Bartholomew’s Church

Much Marcle, HR8 2LY  (Grid ref 657327) 11am – 5pm NB Church will be closed for a wedding at 3pm on Saturday – re-opening 4.15pm approx Harvest church open, including […]

6. Hellens

Much Marcle, HR8 2LY (Grid ref 661333) 11am to 5pm Entry to Hellens site £2.00 (children under 16 free). A Feast of Apples – displays of apples, cider fruit and perry […]

7. Awnells Farm

Much Marcle, HR8 2NW (Grid ref 658319) 11am – 5pm Guided walks through the orchards. Meet the traditional Hereford cattle. Rare Breeds Survival Trust and RSPB. Lend a hand with banner […]

8.Gregg’s Pit

Much Marcle, HR8 2NL (Grid ref 662323) 10.30am – 6pm Open day – celebrating 20 years of artisan cider/perry-making in a traditional orchard. Ploughman’s lunches by Truffles Delicatessen. Cider and  perry […]

Other Locations

In addition to the main venues, a number of other locations around Much Marcle will be open for business. Purchase locally produced fruit, vegetables, meat, preserves and drinks to enjoy […]

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