The best National Trust apple events for autumn

The best National Trust apple events for autumn

London and South East 

Bateman's, East Sussex
Apple day, 18 October, 11am – 4pm
Crafts, games and fun for the whole family will be taking over the orchards at Bateman’s throughout the day. Try making apple juice with the homemade apple press, pick up tips on growing fruit and cider making and taste a range of complimentary National Trust food products in the pop-up mini market, where everything on offer is stocked in the Oast House shop. After outdoor activities in the crisp autumn air, warm up in the Mulberry tearoom with a cup of tea, a slice of cake or some mulled cider.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

Morden Hall Park, London
Apple Day, 4 October, 11am – 3pm
Taste different apple varieties, while kids can have a go at apple printing crafts.  A green oasis in the city, when you step through the gates of Morden Hall Park you'd be forgiven for imagining yourself to be in the middle of the English countryside.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)
Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
Apple Day, 10 – 11 October, 11am – 3pm
Set high above the Thames with far-reaching views, Cliveden’s impressive gardens and majestic woodlands capture the grandeur of a bygone age. Explore Cliveden's newly opened, long-lost Round Garden, taste Cliveden apples, join in with themed crafts and activities or head further afield to try the amazing maze and the Storybook play den. There will also be a chance to hear talks about the restoration of the Round Garden.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)
Red House, London
Apple Day, 04 October, 11am – 5pm
Head to the Red House garden for fun day out for all ages; taste some heritage apples, join in with the children's activities and take home something delicious from the food fair showcasing seasonal local produce. Wander along the leafy garden trail, play games on the lawn and follow red brick paths past the bothy into the orchard.
Price: £2.20 per person (normal admission fee applies) 

Yorkshire and North East 

Gibside, Tyne and Wear
Apple Weekend, 10 – 11 October, 10am – 4.30pm
Celebrate the historic fruit trees at Gibside with apple and cider tasting, heritage apple displays and apple juicing, as well as apple bobbing tournaments in the ever changing Walled Garden. Enjoy a taste of the country harvest a stone’s throw from the city.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)
Nostell Priory & Parkland, West Yorkshire
Apple Week, 11 – 18 October, 10am – 5.30pm
Catch the turning colours at their finest with apple antics at Nostell Priory. Tuck-in to autumnal café treats all week, from tasty cakes to tarts and scones. Watch apple pressing in action and families can join outdoor apple craft activities on Saturday 11 October, from 11am - 4pm. Join a day of discovering the science of apple identification on Wednesday 14 October, from 10am - 4pm. Beyond the newly planted orchard, take in the sweeping landscape gardens awash with the season’s colours.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)
Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire
Autumn Festival, 13 – 18 October, 11am – 5pm
Experience nature at its most bountiful at Nunnington Hall this autumn. There’ll be displays on the natural world, apple juicing and tasting, as well as a variety of tours led by the skilful gardeners to help you find out more about the many varied species of apples growing in the gardens. Celebrate the season in the grounds of this honey-coloured Yorkshire manor house, nestled on the quiet banks of the River Rye.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)


The Workhouse, Southwell, Nottinghamshire
Apple Day at The Workhouse, 24 October, 12pm – 4pm
Celebrate the harvest as part of Southwell Bramley Apple Festival. Take part in an apple tour, see if you can create the longest apple peel and hear seasonal tales from The Workhouse Storytellers. Have a go at the interactive tasks dotted around The Workhouse, from dressing up as a pauper to writing on a slate.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)
Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire
Apple Day, 11 October, 11am – 4pm
What better way to spend an apple day than by visiting the famous apple tree where Isaac Newton discovered gravity? Children can have a go at apple crafts and activities with an orchard theme and peruse seasonal craft stores. There may be some small charges for children's craft activities.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

Dudmaston Estate, Shropshire
Orchard Day, 11 October, 11.30am – 5pm
See the old apple press at Dudmaston Estate in action, and take some fresh juice home. Kids can visit the craft tent to make an ‘applehead’ toy, and enter it into the competition for the chance to win a prize. Browse tempting local produce stalls, or stop off at the tea room for tasty seasonal treats inspired by the autumn harvest. An enchanting wooded parkland with sweeping gardens and a house with a surprise, Dudmaston is something unexpected in the Shropshire countryside.
Price: Free event, craft activities may charge a small fee (normal admission fee applies)

Gunby Hall and Gardens, Lincolnshire
Apple Day, 11 October, 11am – 5pm
Feast on autumn treats at Gunby Hall’s annual Apple Day, where an impressive number of apple varieties fresh from the garden will be on display. Bring your own apples to be identified by experts, who will also be trading tips on pruning and how to make the most out of home-grown fruit trees. There will be craft and trade stalls with something for everybody to enjoy. The tea-room will also be selling apple themed treats.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)
Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire
Apple Weekend, 3 – 4 October, 10.30am – 5pm
Peruse delicious home-grown apples from Hanbury Hall’s orchards. Pick up tips from fruit tree experts and pay a visit to the Worcestershire Woodturners in the Long Gallery, to see if any of their beautiful crafts take your fancy. A walk further into the gardens offers something for everyone to enjoy, from the intricately laid out parterre, to the orangery and bowling green – the perfect spot for a game of boules or a picnic.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)
Moseley Old Hall, Staffordshire
Heritage Harvest Weekend, 3 – 4 October, 11.30am – 4pm
Find all kinds of heritage variety apples, pears, quinces, medlars and more at this harvest celebration. Taste homemade produce made in demonstrations throughout the day and sample freshly baked bread made using historic recipes. Bring your own apples to make fresh apple juice from the press. Explore a variety of 17th-Century plants, the knot garden and the fruit orchard in the graceful gardens.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies) 

Northern Ireland 

Ardress House, County Armagh
Apple Press Day, 11 October, 12pm – 5pm
Set in the middle of orchard country, this is the ideal location to enjoy Armagh’s famous apples and have some family fun. Have a go on the apple press, discover the Apple Trail and make some apple crafts. Explore the atmospheric traditional farmyard and meet the small livestock and animals that live there.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

North West 

Acorn Bank, Cumbria
Apple Day, 11 October, 10.30am – 4pm
Acorn Bank is best known for its traditional fruit orchards, and the New Orchard will be bursting with apples ripe for the picking by October. All ages can enjoy seasonal activities, including getting stuck into collecting the harvest. There’s also plenty to explore further afield; kids can climb into the hollow tree or watch the working watermill go round, while the pretty gardens are host to a fascinating and extensive herb collection.
Price: £6 (normal admission fee applies)

South West 

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire
Perry Pear Weekend, 3 - 4 October, 10am – 4pm
Get stuck in to the Dyrham Park Perry Pear harvest. Try tastings of mulled perry and pear juice and take home some perry pear cake or buy some of Dyrham's sparkling or still perry. Children can enjoy autumn activities and crafts; plant a pip to take home and watch it grow, and follow a trail through the orchard. The tea room will be serving special perry pear treats to celebrate the harvest. Bring pears from home to juice in a traditional juicer.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

Cotehele, Cornwall
Crumble in the Jungle weekend, 26 – 27 September, 11am – 4.30pm
The orchards at Cotehele are full of apples, and bakers will be in Cotehele Mill cooking-up crumble recipes to taste, buy, or try at home. The recipes are based on wild, orchard and garden fruits local to the area.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)
Parke, Devon
Apple day: From palm to press, 3 October, 11am – 3pm
Families will love this fun filled day fuelled by apples. Have a go at traditional games in the orchard and complete the orchard trail, then pick apples from our orchard and see them ‘scratted’ and pressed. In October 2014 the estate picked five tons of apples, can you help beat that record this year?
Price: Free event

Barrington Court, Somerset
Apple Day, 25 October, 11am – 4pm
Barrington Court is famous for producing award winning apple juice and cider all made from the wonderful variety of apples that grow on the estate. Get hands-on during this day of picking, tasting and pressing apples. Bring apples from home for identification and test the knowledge of the local experts. There will be plenty to keep little ones entertained with apple activities in and around the orchards.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)
Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire
Apple Festival, 16 – 18 October, 11am – 5pm
Drop by and enjoy the sights and tastes of this long weekend dedicated to the apple.  Enjoy displays of old and new varieties, see a juicing machine in action and tuck into lots of delicious home-cooked apple recipes in the tea room. With plenty of activities for all the family too, you’ll find plenty to keep kids entertained. The Snowshill Manor gardeners will also be on hand to answer any questions and offer advice on looking after fruit trees.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)
Hardy’s Cottage, Dorset
Apple Day, 31 October, 11am – 3pm
The orchard at Hardy's Cottage is hosting an atmospheric day of apple fun to celebrate the season. Relax in the rural grounds of the cottage where Thomas Hardy, the famous author, was raised. For an autumn adventure, head out into the surrounding countryside on a walk that’s fun for all ages. Count how many colours of leaves you can see, build a den or hunt for bugs in the leaf litter.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)
Killerton, Devon
Cider and Apple Festival, 17 – 18 October, 10am – 5pm
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 will be festooned with bunting and have local stalls, a hog roast and live music. Bring your own apples to press, see the vintage “big” press at work and join in the family activities, all with an apple flavour. If you’re free on the weekends before the festival you can join Big Pick Up events to help harvest a bumper apple crop.
Price: £4 adults, £2 children, £10 families. Free for National Trust members and under 5s.
Stourhead, Wiltshire
Apple Day, 24 October, 11am – 5pm
With 20 varieties of Somerset orchard apples on offer, there’s plenty to discover at Stourhead this harvest time. Taste and buy local ciders and speciality cheeses. Take a walk around the lake in the centre of this iconic landscape garden to see the spectacular autumn colour in all its glory.
Price: Free event


Erddig, Wales
25th Annual Apple Festival, 3 – 4 October, 10am – 6pm
Whether you like them fresh from the branch, baked in a pie or pressed in cider, there's something for everyone at Erddig. Watch cooking demonstrations with Dai Chef and Ralph's cider making. Pick up a tipple from the CAMRA cider bar and relax with live music acts. There’s plenty on offer for kids too, with a Punch and Judy show, a chance to meet the horses, storytelling, archery demonstrations and a toffee apple trail. Widely acclaimed as one of Britain's finest historic houses, Erddig has acres of fascinating grounds to explore.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies) 

East of England 

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk
Apple Day, 11 October, 10.30am – 4pm
Celebrate Apple Day at this romantic, moated manor house by discovering the importance of heritage apples and orchards in Britain. The East of England Apple & Orchards Group will be on hand to offer expert advice, as well as the Master Gardeners' Association, Cockley Cley Wood Turners, Riverford Organics, willow basket makers and a spinner. Bring your own apple and pear varieties in a container and have them identified or made into juice. Families can enjoy apple themed activities and tuck into the apple recipes on the menu in the tea-room.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

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