3rd-4th May – The Big Apple Blossomtime Festival 2015 (Herefordshire) Preview

Address: Multiple locations around Herefordshire (Website)

Event Information:

For an afternoon, a day or a full weekend – the Big Apple is a special opportunity to enjoy the autumn countryside in the Herefordshire parishes on the Marcle Ridge. The local orchards are famous for their cider fruit and excellent eating apples. This is the 26th year that our award winning communities in these parishes have put together a collection of small rural events to enable you to share with us in our tradition of apple growing and cider making.

Grand Cider Tasting and Teas

Putley Village Hall, HR8 2QN
Sunday 3rd May: 2pm to 6pm
Monday 4th May: 12noon to 5pm:

Cider, perry and apple juice tasting

£1.50 for 6 tokens on the door

Common Bond – a collection of portraits of nearby cider- and perry-makers, seen through the eyes of their friend and mentor Jean Nowell

Apple teas will be served in the village hall

Leaflets available for self-guided orchard walks

Also Paul Hand of ‘Bees and Trees’ with fruity activities; Sarah Blenkinsop, Master Composter and Organic Gardener, with plant sales and advice on growing your own veg and compost making; Pork and Two Veg with tastings of locally reared pork sausages.

The cider and perry makers will have taken part in our annual Cider and Perry Trials, which takes place the same weekend.  Some will have sales tables selling cider, perry and apple juices and other homemade products.

Other attractions

As well as the the Big Apple events you can come simply to enjoy this wonderful stretch of countryside. Fields, orchards and woodland create a living farming patchwork. You can enjoy a walk through the orchards around Putley, with or without a guide, then refresh yourselves with excellent homemade food. The slopes of the Marcle Ridge offer splendid views across to the Malvern Hills to the East and to the West, Woolhope is within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We will have leaflets available for self-guided walks.

Special events

Sunday 3rd May

9.30am A walk above Putley 7 miles, steep in places.  No dogs please.  Return via Aylton where lunch available (separate charge). Donations welcome. Meet Putley Village Hall
11am Orchard walk including sampling Jus’s award winning single variety apple juices – taste each one right by the tree that it came from.  £2.50 (children free) (proceeds to Little Marcle Church). 1 hour. At Birchley, Aylton (HR8 2QH,GR657366)
From 12.30pm Cheese ploughman’s lunch in restored Grade II* cruck barn. £5 (£3 for hot dogs).  Proceeds to Aylton Church and The Music Pool. Flower Festival in the Church next door and art workshops for budding artists in the Ox Byre.At Court Farm Aylton
From 2pm Apple teas will be served by Tarrington Brownies. At Putley Village Hall
From 2pm ‘Have-a-go’ with Ledbury Archers – all welcome (age 8 upwards; under 16s to be accompanied by a responsible adult). Instruction given. £2 for 6 arrows.  New House Farm (near Putley Village Hall)
 3pm  Leominster Morris will dance at Putley Village Hall
 4.15pm  Mining Bees and Ten Commandments – an introduction to the management and wildlife of Putley Churchyard.  Putley Wildlife Group.  Meet at Putley Village Hall for short walk to Putley Church.

Monday 4th May

10am Natural history of orchards – guided walk to discover local wildlife with Herefordshire Ornithological Club. No dogs please. 1½ hours.Meet Putley Village Hall
11.30am Guided walk (Part 1) through the orchards and fields of Putley. £1.50 (children free). (Parts 1 and 2 are different walks which can be done separately or joined together with a break for lunch) 1¼ hours. Meet Putley Village Hall
From 12 noon Delicious lunches, proceeds to Village Hall. At Putley Village Hall
From 1pm Fiddlers Two – musical interludes drawing on the folk traditions of the British Isles and further afield. At Putley Village Hall
1.30pm Guided walk (Part 2 – see Part 1) through the orchards and fields of Putley. £1.50 (children free). 1¼ hours. Meet Putley Village Hall
From 2pm Apple teas will be served by Putley WIAt Putley Village Hall

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