Relax in Brockhampton's orchards

Red apples on a bough in Brockhampton orchard
Apple harvest National Trust/ Steve Betts

The Brockhampton Estate has so many places and activities for you to explore and discover, but when you just need to kick back and relax make sure you venture to our orchards which offer you a haven for true relaxation.

Rest and relaxation

The best spot to while away the day with a book, bring a sketch pad or enjoy a family picnic is amongst our orchards of Shropshire prune damsons and ancient apple trees around the manor house and moat. 
In spring an explosion of blossom greets you followed by trees laden with damsons, ripe for picking in early autumn.
Later on in the harvest season the apples trees are laden with fruit from a range of weird and wonderful traditional apple varieties.

Our work in the orchard

There are 50 hectares of orchard on the estate, some of which are part of an ongoing restoration project. We've planted a further 75 fruit trees as part of this restoration.

Wildlife to spot

The rare and endangered Mistletoe weevil (Ixapion variegatum) makes its home in the ancient orchards on the estate and is just one of the special creatures that call Brockhampton home.

Pick your own

Every year, the estate hosts pick your own events in early September where visitors can bring a bag and fill up on damsons. October is when the apple harvest comes in and you can take your pick from ancient cider apples, eating apples and cooking apples.
Our damsons are used to make Gun Dog gin, sold in the Granary shop and are used by the catering team in delicious pies and crumbles sold in the Old Apple Store tea room.
Make sure you don't forget to buy some damson treats from the Granary shop to enjoy in your own home.