Apple Day 2018!

by Molly Dixon

Pink Ladies, Granny Smith, Gala and Honeycrisp  – they’re all from the same fruit family. Some sweet, some bitter, some soft and some tart! The day of the Apple is upon us all, let the slicing, cutting and crunching commence!

Apple Day is an annual celebration of the commonly known fruit which hangs from our trees in our backyards and sits in our fruit bowls in our homes. The celebration is usually held on October 21st but some events can last the whole month! The first ever Apple Day was almost 30 years ago back in 1990!

Why Have a Day Dedicated To Apples?

Well, it’s not just because we can put them in a pie, have applesauce with our Sunday dinners, or eat them as a healthy snack. But apples were once in danger of becoming extinct, along with the ground they grow on! Common Ground, the creators of Apple Day, wanted to increase awareness around apples and the richness and diversity of landscape, ecology and culture around such fruits. Thus, raising awareness of traceability of fruit and veg.

Apple Day is now a definite day in the calendar for most towns and villages, with thousands celebrating by selling, tasting and cooking with apples. It has been one impetus behind the developing network of farmers’ markets and is helping people everywhere to discover they are not alone in valuing the links between food and the land, between natural resource use and the impact we have on nature.

Apple Day Events In The UK

National Trust Apple Day Harvest

The National Trust, Erddig,
Wrexham
LL13 OYT

Join us for a month-long celebration of all things apple at our 28th annual apple harvest. With 180 varieties grown here, our orchards are full and ready to be explored. Find out what’s on the weekend of 20 and 21 October.

Discover the historic process of apple pressing with our cider press demonstrations. Join our beekeepers’ talk (Sun), apple dipping, a Nordic walking mini taster session (Sat) and storytelling with Jake Evans. Meet Mr Phoebus for his Penny Farthing demonstrations and Erddig’s top apple doctor, Glyn Smith 11am to 4pm. Erddig apples from our orchards will also be available to buy all weekend. For prices, please click the link below.

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Apple Day at St Anns Community Orchard

unit 0, 33 Hungerhill Rd
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG3 4NB

Come to Apple Day – a celebration of all things appley! Open 11am – 4pm We are offering, Fruit pressing – free for STAA members (bring your own apples and bottles) – If you’re not yet a member, join on the day! Trees for sale from £8 – many varieties, bare-root to pre-order and in pots. Apple tasting with Leo from Blue Barrel Cider, stalls and other fun and games in the orchard. Juicing and tree sale will be in/around the straw bale building. For more activities to join in on, click the link below.

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West Town Farm Apple Day Event

Ide
Exeter
Devon
EX2 9TG

West Town Farm, The Outdoor Group and OrganicARTS welcome you onto the land. We love ‘Apple and Pumpkin Day’ it’s a chance for everyone to get out on the farm and enjoy the beauty of it. Our busiest open day of the year. With lot’s to see and do. We have the amazing Poco Drom performing all the kid’s favourites. For prices and other attractions please click the link.

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Shenley Park Apple Day Event

Radlett Ln
Shelley
West Yorkshire
WD7 9DW

Celebrating all things apple in the beautiful Walled Garden under a marquee. Something for everyone, a great family day.

Lowdham Apple Day Event

Lowdham Village Hall, Main St
Radcliffe on Trent
Nottinghamshire
NG14 7BD

A chance to see over 100 varieties of locally grown apples, taste them, buy them and find out more about apple growing. Cider and perry bar, apple juicing, locally made jams and chutneys and hot pork rolls and refreshments on sale. Click the link for prices.

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Healeys Apple Day Event

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm,
Newquay
Cornwall
TR4 9LW

Celebrate the nation’s favourite fruit during harvest season. Enjoy Apple Day at Healeys with bucket loads of fun things to do with the family plus free entry & parking. From apple bobbing, pressing your own apples & hunting down the apple signs to win a prize on a guided tour, to Sunday roasts & sampling our cyders & juices.

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Bromham Mill Apple Day

Bromham Mill, Bridge End
Bedford
MK43 8LP

Apple Day is returning to Bromham Mill & Gallery for 2018, to celebrate all things apple-related! You can expect the usual cider bar, delicious food and fun, family-friendly activities. Click the link for prices and parking.

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Botanic Garden Apple Day Event

1 Brookside
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB2 1JE

Join us in October as we host the region’s biggest Apple Day. We will have apple identification (bring your unidentified apples along to the team, preferably with stalk and leaf attached) and apple tasting of over two-dozen heritage varieties. Plus seasonal highlight tours, locally-produced edibles, gifts, pop-up food, music and more.

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