23 of the best autumn festivals and apple events

23 of the best autumn festivals and apple events
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Whether you’re hoping to taste delicious apples or discover harvest traditions, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the British autumn at National Trust properties this year.
Here are our favourite events around the country this September and October:

South West

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1. Killerton, Devon

Cider and apple festival, October 14 & 15, 10am – 5pm
Autumn is apple season at Killerton. Their famous cider and apple festival is all about family fun and the best in local food, bands, and cider. Head down to Sparrow Park orchard to help out with this season's harvest or treat yourself with a taste of the produce from Killerton’s orchards, before dancing the day away with some great live music.
Price: Normal admission applies, plus adult £6, child £3

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2. Snowshill, Gloucestershire

Autumn at Snowshill, throughout October, 11am–5:30pm
During October there will be something new to discover each day as Snowshill celebrates autumn. From helping to collect the windfall in the orchards, to trying the delicious apple-inspired food on offer in the tea room, and the chance to find out more about gardens, apples and orchards – come and enjoy autumn at Snowshill.
Price: Normal admission applies

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3. Barrington Court, Somerset

Apple Day, October 21 & 22, 10:30am–4pm  
Barrington Court is famous for consistently producing award-winning cider and apple juice, so join the National Trust team for a day of picking, pressing, identifying and tasting! With plenty of apple-themed games, activities and orchard walks, there's something to interest all the family.
Price: Normal admission applies

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London & South East 

4. Hughenden, Buckinghamshire

Autumn festival, October 9-20, 10am–4pm
Discover colourful harvest displays around the house at Hughenden this year to welcome the season. Browse produce and craft stalls at your leisure or join a forester walks, looking for autumn wildlife and food foraging. The beekeepers and outdoors team will be demonstrating their favourite things about autumn from charcoal-making to apple juicing.
Price: Normal admission applies

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5. Bateman’s, East Sussex

Bateman's Apple Day, October 15, 11am-4pm
Help to make freshly-squeezed apple juice with the apple mill and old-fashioned apple press, and sample the results of last year's harvest with Batemans’ own mulled Kipling Cider. The Bateman’s beekeepers will also be on hand to explain how the bees and the orchard work together to produce this rich autumn harvest. New for this year, the garden team have been busy grafting a selection of our old apple varieties onto new rootstock so you can now purchase your very own Bateman's apple tree.
Price: Normal admission applies

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6. Scotney Castle, Kent

Hop Walks, August 26-September 24

Scotney Castle is home to the National Trust’s only working hop farm. Join a guided hop walk to take a tour of the estate where the hops are grown, and then a look inside the workings of the hop farm. See what goes on behind the scenes, including picking, drying and packaging of hops, before they are sent to Westerham brewery to create Scotney ale.

Price: Walks are £3 per person, normal admission applies

Hops & Honey weekend, September 9 and 10, 10am-4pm

The garden at Scotney will be awash with autumnal treats for this harvest-themed weekend, including sweet honey made here on the estate and stalls packed with locally-produced goodies. Buy a couple of your favourites to take home, before tucking into a hearty hog roast washed down with Scotney Ale to experience the true delights of the season.
Price: Normal admission applies

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8. Morden Hall Park, London

Apple weekend, Sept 30-Oct 1, 11am-4pm
Celebrate the humble apple and join the National Trust team at Morden Hall Park in tasting local Merton varieties of apples. There will also be an apple press in operation, plus apple-themed crafts and activities for the kids.
Price: Normal admission applies

9. Swan Barn Farm, Surrey

Apple day, Sept 30, 10.30am–4pm
Every year the team at Swan Barn produce artisan cider from all sorts of rare apple varieties such as Greensleeves, Cornish Gillyflower and Knobby Russet. Come and discover the brand new orchard house, made from coppiced sweet chestnut grown in the woods by the National Trust rangers. There’ll be plenty of family friendly activities on offer, and don’t forget to bring along your own apples to make your own juice and cider using the fantastic heritage press.
Price: Normal admission applies

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East of England

10. Blickling, Norfolk

Autumn Festival, September 19-October 19
Blickling is welcoming in the season of mellow fruitfulness with a celebration of their famous apples. Discover the heritage apple varieties they’re re-introducing from the diary of a Blickling gardener from the 19th century. Help the National Trust team to harvest the apples on September 26 and even take a few home for yourself. The Apple Weekend (September 30 to October 1) will include apple tastings, juicing and apples for sale. The Autumn Festival will culminate on October 19 as Blickling continue their Indian theme to celebrate Diwali with lit pumpkins in the walled garden.
Price: Normal admission applies

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11. Wimpole, Cambridgeshire

Produce Fair, September 16 and 17, 10am–5pm
Back for the fourth year running, the Wimpole Produce Fair forms part of our month-long celebration of harvest during September. It is the perfect opportunity for local producers to showcase their wares and for you to taste them.
Price: Normal admission applies

12. Oxburgh, Norfolk

Apple day and apple pressing, October 8, 10.30am–4.30pm
Apple Day at Oxburgh will be held on 8th October, bring your own apples and turn them into your own apple juice, craft stalls and apple goods will be sold on the day. Throughout October there will also be a focus on all things apple, and the bounty of our Kitchen garden harvest. Bring your apples to be pressed, soup from our kitchen garden vegetables will be served, dependent on availability.
Price: Normal admission applies

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13. Felbrigg, Norfolk

Hall at Harvest, September 30-October 4, 11am–5pm
Join the National Trust as they celebrate the harvest by decorating Felbrigg Hall with flowers, fruit and vegetable displays from the garden. A large selection of produce will be on show in the Old Kitchen.
Price: Normal admission applies


14. Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Harvest Talks and Tastings, October 5, 12 & 19, 11am-3pm
Discover the joys of harvest with talks and tastings with Hardwick’s expert gardening team.
Price: Normal admission applies.

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15. Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Apple day, October 8, 11am-4pm
Join the Calke Abbey team at one of their most popular events of the year to celebrate the English apple and orchards in the beautiful gardens. There will be juicing, tasting, games and apple advice, with something for everyone.
Price: Normal admission applies, garden ticket required. 

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16. Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

Apple weekend, October 7 & 8, 10am-4pm
Apple Weekend is a celebration of all things orchard with activities and crafts for children, plenty of stalls to explore in the Walled Garden and the chance to grab a bag of delicious organic apples to take home.
Price: Normal admission applies

17. Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire

Apple day and crafty Sunday, October 8, 11am-4pm
At the home of the most famous apple tree of all, join the National Trust at Woolsthorpe for all sorts of family fun – hands-on crafts, activities and science stuff with an apple flavour, alongside our regular craft fair.
Price: Normal admission applies. Additional charge may apply for crafts.

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18. Gibside, Tyne & Wear

Apple weekend, October 7 & 8, 11am–3pm
Join the team at Gibside to celebrate the mighty apple. There’ll be over 70 different varieties of apple on display, which all grow in Britain, and you can squeeze your own juice using apples grown in the walled garden.
Price: Normal admission applies

19. Beningbrough, North Yorkshire

Apple celebrations, October 1-8, 10.30am–5pm (closed Monday 2 October)
Discover the many varieties of apple Beningbrough has to offer with the annual apple week. Choose your favourite with apple tasting, experience the art of apple pressing to sample the freshest juice, pick apples straight from the tree and have a go at games. You can also try out harvest inspired recipes in the restaurant including a pork and apple sausage made at a local butcher with Beningbrough apples.
Price: Normal admission applies

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20. Acorn Bank, Cumbria

Apple day, October 8, 11am–4pm
Visit Acorn Bank for the annual celebration of everything and anything to do with apples. Join in apple identification, pruning demonstrations and whole range of family entertainment.
Price: Normal admission applies, plus adults £10, children £5


21. Erddig, Wrexham

Apple festival October 2-29, 10am–5pm
As part of Erddig's 40th anniversary celebrations, their annual weekend apple event will become a month-long event this year. Savour the delights of the humble apple at the 27th annual apple festival. Erdigg’s orchards are full to the brim - 180 varieties are grown.
Price: Normal admission applies

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22. Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion

Farming and Rural Life Celebration, September 16, 11am–4pm

Celebrate the rich tradition and heritage of farming and rural life in Ceredigion. There’ll be plenty on offer, from food stalls to children’s activities and sheepdog demonstrations to displays of vintage and modern farm machinery.

Apple Festival, October 8, 11am–4pm

Llanerchaeron celebrates the apple with a home grown festival, a full day of apple crunching, fruit growing advice and apple identification. Enjoy guided tours of the orchards and a behind the scenes look at the apple store, which is usually closed to visitors. You can bring your own apples and get them pressed to make your own freshly pressed apple juice.  Kids will love apple printing crafts, apple bobbing and the chance to eat an apple straight from a tree.

Price: Normal admission applies

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Northern Ireland

23. Ardress House, County Armagh

Apple Sundays, October 1 & 8, 12noon–5pm
Set in the middle of orchard country, this is the ideal location to hear all about Armagh's famous apples and have some family fun. Have a go on the apple press and take a guided orchard tour to learn all about these special fruits.
Price: Normal admission applies