An appletastic day out!! 8 October, 11am-4.30pm

A child looking at an apple

Come and join us for Apple Day on Sunday 8 October 2017, 11am – 4.30pm, our annual celebration of everything and anything to do with apples.

Acorn Bank has one of the largest collections of heritage apple trees in Cumbria, with many varieties now rarely seen in gardens and orchards across the county. There’ll be lots of samples on display and a chance to taste many of them on the day.

Acorn Bank held its first Apple Day in 1994 and the event has run almost every year since, attracting thousands of visitors to the historic house, watermill and gardens at Temple Sowerby, near Penrith.  It’s a vibrant country festival offering a true taste of ‘olde England’, with family activities alongside a cornucopia of all things apple: pruning demonstrations, apple identification, tasting, trees for sale, and of course the longest peel competition.

There is something for everyone whether you’re a passionate gardener or you just enjoy a juicy home-grown apple!

" “Eden has a challenging climate for apples, but there’s a history of apple growing in the area going back many centuries. We’ve now planted 170 different varieties to see which ones work best, and of course we’ve our own local varieties such as Forty Shilling and the Lemon Square, which defy the elements and produce a tasty crop.” "
- Chris Braithwaite, Gardener at Acorn Bank

Are you a chutney maker? Acorn Bank’s Chutney Challenge aims to celebrate the tastiest, with an extra prize awarded for the most original flavour. There’ll be two categories of chutney to choose from. This season’s category features chutneys made after June 2016, with a mature class for chutneys made before then. The rules can be downloaded from our website.

The National Trust team will also be providing delicious refreshments such as burgers, sausage subs, warming soups and drinks, homemade cakes and of course, toffee apples!

Entertainment and Activities for this year include:

Silverband Falconry, Face Painting, Archery with the Eagle Bowmen, Coppice Wood Crafts (besom making), Green woodworking, Cumbria Steam and Vintage Vehicles as well as all our traditional apple games.

Music and Dance will be provided by: Mrs Knox and the Good Time Boys, Hadrian Clog, Carlisle Sword, Morris and Clog, Penrith Community Choir, The Lakeland Fiddlers, BlueJam Samba and Folkies .

Local charities and community organisations will also be there with family activities, displays and information.

Charges apply, including NT Members, £10 Adult, £5 Child, Family £25, Family 1 Adult, 2 Children £15.

To book places please phone 015394 32733, option 1, option 0,

or email

Apple Identification form can be downloaded here.