Apple day at Woodhuish

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Every October, our team of English Riviera rangers gather apples from across their orchards in the area, and set up a free event, Apple Day, at Woodhuish near Coleton Fishacre.

What happens at Apple Day?

From 11am-3pm, the team of rangers, along with helpers from local National Trust places, busily demonstrate the workings of the restored Victorian apple press - a big job that involves a lot of manpower. They also bring out the mini-presses, which are perfect for making apple juice. Visitors to the event bring along their apples (and pears, or even grapes) and press them into juice with the help of a strong-armed ranger (take a look at the video to see the mini-presses in action). The freshly-pressed juice is always delicious and refreshing, although it can be a strange colour, depending on the apples used.

What else can you do at Apple Day?

As well as demonstrations, there is ever-popular cider tasting, as well as refreshments for sale. There is also a trail in the orchard for children. Other activities vary from year to year, and have included sheepdog demonstrations, morris dancing, spinning and pole-lathing demonstrations, and a BBQ. Whatever the activities have been, a fantastic time has been had by all.

When will the next one be?

Watch the website for the date of the next Apple Day, but it is sure to be in October.