17th-18th October – The Killerton Cider and Apple Weekend 2015 (Exeter, Devon) Preview

Address: Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sat 17th October: 10am-5pm (£4 Adult/£2 Child/£10 Family)
Sun 18th October: 10am-5pm (£4 Adult/£2 Child/£10 Family)

Concessions: Free entry to National Trust members and under 5’s.

Tickets: Available on the door.

Ciders/Perries: Killerton’s award winning cider will be available.

Food: A hog roast will be available

Event Information:

On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October, months of apple picking across all 500 acres of orchards on the Killerton estate culminates in a two day family festival to mark National Apple Day.

Sparrow Park orchard is festooned with bunting, stalls are scattered between the apple trees, and live music drifts in and out of the shade. The amazing smell of a traditional hog roast will greet you at the gate, tempting you to try all sorts of tasty local produce.

Killerton is keeping cider heritage alive
The countryside tent is the heart of the orchard. Bring a small bag of your own garden apples to press into a bottle of juice to take home or follow the orchard trail to witness a 200 year old farm press and a piece of history in action. A local tree nursery will be selling fruit trees and offering specialist advice for home growing.

Music and Magic
The live music conjures up a magical atmosphere and will have you dancing round the apple trees. A juggler and magician will entertain the crowds on his unicycle and the Killerton cider bar is serving up the estate’s award-winning cider. Jenna Witts, the Budleigh Ukulele Strummers Club, the great sound of Alex Roberts (see video link above) and the lively Spin 2 will be performing live in the orchard

Woodcrafts and wheelbarrows
For the children, there are apple-wood crafts, village fete games and a children’s bumble bee parade. The wild at heart can get their hands dirty with wild arts and crafts while youngsters can also forage their own apples with mini-wheelbarrows and cook them up over a camp fire. Older children will love firing arrows at our William Tell targets under the expert tuition of an archery club.

Admission: Family £10, Adult £4, Child £2. National Trust members and U5s free entry.

Killerton’s orchards need you! We’ve got a bumper apple crop this autumn and will need as much help as possible to collect the fallen fruit in the orchards. If you can help us with our Big Pick Weekends then come and join us between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4, and Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October.


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