Orchard day fun

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Orchard Day is an important day in our gardener’s calendar. It’s apple harvest time and there are apples to be pressed and juice to be made at our event taking place on Sunday, 12 October.


Building on the success of last year’s event we will be having a food marquee and outdoor stalls. Applications for stallholders are now open so if you are a food or drink producer and would like to get involved then download an application form and send it to us with some pictures of your goods and we will do the rest.

Apples, Apples, Apples

We have many orchards across the Estate and none of the apples grown go to waste. The apples are not only pressed, but are used in recipes in the tearoom at both Dudmaston and of course we must not forget the infamous Apple Cake served at our sister property at Carding Mill Valley. There will be pressing taking place during Orchard Day so not only will you get the chance to see pressing in action but also try our fantastic juice for yourself. Got lots of apples in your own garden? Bring them along and we’ll juice them for you to take home.

Enter your produce into the show

But that’s not all. If you like baking and creating then we want to hear from you too as an entrant into our very own produce show. The emphasis is on fun and we have some fantastic categories for both children and adults with no restrictions on the amount of categories you can enter. There is a small entry fee which covers all the categories so why not download our entry form today and accept our challenge?

You can also join us on our “Challenge the Gardener” days taking place before Orchard Day where we will supply you with seeds to plant your very own pumpkin plant, and the instructions of how to care for it when you get home. Can you grow the biggest pumpkin of all to enter into the show? Our Gardener is sure no-one will beat him so we really need you all to do your best to change this!

BBC Radio Shropshire’s Ryan Kennedy, will be joining us for the day and has kindly agreed to judge all the entries so download your entry form today and give it a try. We’re looking forward to seeing your entries.

Fun for the Children

Is your school location within Shropshire, Staffordshire or Worcestershire? We have a challenge cup for you to win! Why not take part in our “Hurray for Applewood” category, fit your favourite movie scene into a 2ft x 2ft space the rest is up to you. Take a look at our entry form today.

If your school can’t get involved don’t worry you can create your own Mr or Mrs Apple Head to enter into the show. You can do this at home where the world of creation will be your oyster, but if you don’t think you’re going to have time to do this, we will be offering the opportunity for you to enter on the day as well but of course there will be a limit to the different types of materials you can use. The Apple Heads are a great way of expressing your own personality through apples with huge laughs along the way (don’t forget to check out what the staff have made!)

Share your favourite apple recipe

Have you got a delicious apple recipe that you would like to share? Whether it’s your great-great-grandmother’s apple sauce or dad’s favourite apple cake, we know there are some fantastic recipes out there and would like to give everyone the opportunity of sharing them far and wide and our recipe tree is the perfect place for this. You can send your recipes to us in advance or bring them with you on the day to hang on the tree. However you do it, we’re sure this will be the most popular tree in the orchard.

With lots of entertainment and activity taking place throughout the day this is a fantastic day for all the family.