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Big Apple’s Harvestime Festival celebrates great cider-making in Herefordshire

Big Apple’s Harvestime Festival celebrates great cider-making in Herefordshire

FARMS, cider mills and cottages in the pretty Marcle Ridge area of Herefordshire are gearing up for this weekend’s Harvestime Festival as part of the annual Big Apple celebrations.

Visitors to the festival will be able to taste and buy a great range of apple juice, cider and perry over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, 11th-12th October. This year there will be an array of events, walks and talks around venues in March Marcle, Little Marcle, Woolhope, Putley, Aylton, Munsley and Pixley.

These areas are renowned for their natural beauty where you can enjoy woodlands, soft fruit fields, grazing fields and hopyards, as well as the wonderful orchards for which Herefordshire is famous.

Both large & small cider-makers celebrate Harvestime, along with Morris dancers!

Both large & small cider-makers celebrate Harvestime, along with Morris dancers!

According to event spokesperson Deborah Davies, many events are within walking distance but Westons Cider are offering a tractor and trailer service to ferry visitors between venues should they need it.

Feast of Apples

You’ll be able to try different flavours of dessert, cooking and cider apples at the Feast of Apples at Hellens Manor in March Marcle. Organisers will be allowing you to select your favourite apple name then create an inspired textile hanging with Community Art at Hellens Manor or Awnells Farm.

Visit Avenue Cottage, Gregg's Pit & Woodredding for tours & demos

Visit Avenue Cottage, Gregg’s Pit & Woodredding for tours & demos

Also at Hellens on Sunday 12th at 2.30pm, Poet in Residence Paul Henry will host an online Poetry Orchard where each poem takes its title from a named Herefordshire apple variety. Paul will be joined by some of the contributors who will read their poems.

Cider-making will be taking place at Gregg’s Pit, Woodredding Farm, Avenue Cottage and Hellens. There will be a guided tour at Westons Cider and Awnells Farm, an open day at Gregg’s Pit cider and you can watch the family at Avenue Cottage cider pressing all weekend at their orchard.

 

Mr Pheasant's bird-ict: "I know where to go if I want a companion!"

Mr Pheasant’s bird-ict: “Ahh… Time to get my walking boots on for my annual visit to Harvestime!”

Download your festival brochure!

Now in its 26th year, the Harvestime Festival provides something for everyone and cider-making is one of Herefordshire’s oldest traditions. The weekend promises to be full of fun, festive spirits and cider!

For more information about the Big Apple’s Harvestime Festival visit their website where you will find a downloadable and printable brochure showing you all the exciting events and tours taking place over the weekend. Have fun!

 

 

 

 

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