Apple Sundays at Ardress
Visit Ardress House on Sunday 1 and Sunday 8 October for some family fun to celebrate the wonderful fruit that has made Co. Armagh famous!
Have a go at using the traditional apple press to make your own apple juice and ‘pick your own’ fruit from the orchard at Ardress House (limited availability). Local fruit farmer, Dermot Morgan will also be on hand to give information on the Armagh Bramley Apple and we think you’ll be amazed at the varieties of apples on display.
Tea and treats
Enjoy apple teas in the historic threshing barn, decorated with vintage bunting and flowers. Relax in the rustic surroundings and try a range of apple treats. Helen Glasgow, local baker will be demonstrating how to make apple pancakes and you can sample some straight from the hot griddle.
Sample some MacIvors Cider, produced from apples grown at Ardress. Greg MacNeice, co-owner of MacNeice Fruit who produce MacIvors cider will be on site giving visitors a taster of what he describes as ‘a unique Irish craft cider’.
Learn about the history of the orchards surrounding Ardress on Sunday 1 and Sunday 8 October on a guided tour. Another highlight of the event will be the display from local beekeepers - see the bees in action and purchase local honey products.
The autumn colours are a beautiful sight at Ardress. Take the opportunity to see the golden and russet colours and nature’s splendour on the gentle walks around the property such as ‘The Lady’s Mile’. Whilst you’re there, why not say hello to the farmyard animals and feed the chickens. To top off your visit, take a tour of Ardress House to discover the history behind this charming 17th-century farmhouse, famous for the elegant neo-classical drawing room, with plasterwork by Michael Stapelton.
Apple Sundays will take place on Sunday 1 and Sunday 8 October, 12noon-5pm
Normal Admission National Trust Members Free.