Pick your own apples from the Mother Orchard at Cotehele

Visitor picking apples in the orchard

Help collect the harvest from Cotehele’s Mother Orchard as for the first time we invite everyone to pick this years crop to then take home and enjoy from Wednesday 9 September.

Please book ahead before visiting the garden and orchard 

The garden and orchard at Cotehele are now open. We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. You can book your tickets online or by calling 0344 249 1895. Where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary. You do not need to book if your are visiting the quay, gallery or restaurant. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

Traditionally we have a team of staff and volunteers helping to harvest the apples from the Mother Orchard, which are then turned into cider, apple juice and chutney and sold on the estate. This year our usual team are unable to collect the harvest as they focus on other essential tasks.

For this year only we are inviting visitors to come to Cotehele to pick their own apples from the orchard and take the fruit home with them. To keep compliant with government guidelines as we recover from the impact of COVID-19, read on to find out what to expect.

 

To avoid disappointment all visitors are advised to pre-book their visit to the gardens and the orchards if you are planning a simple stroll or to come pick some apples in the orchards. To book your slot just follow this link and reserve your spot, this help us keep both staff and visitors safe.

If you are coming to pick apples on your visit, we recommend parking in the upper car parks close to the house. A member of staff will be selling paper bags from the welcome desk. Bags cost £2 each and you’re welcome to purchase as many as you like. Please note we are only accepting payment via card or contactless. In the bags you can fit approximately ten or so medium sized apples.

 

Crate full of freshly picked apples
Crate full of freshly picked apples
Crate full of freshly picked apples

To keep to government social distancing guidelines, we are asking that one family group picks from one tree at a time. Also, if you touch the fruit, pick it up and put it in your bag please.

 

Top tips for picking apples:

  • The orchards at Cotehele can be uneven in places, please mind how you go.
  • Watch out for biting and stinging insects; they like fruit too.
  • Do not climb on the delicate fruit trees, they are old with weak branches.
  • Please pick fruit gently without tugging or pulling to hard as this can damage the tree. If the apple easily comes away then it is ripe. If not, leave on the branch for a bit longer.
  • Give all the apples a wash with water when you get home, before consuming.

 

All proceeds from apple picking go straight back into looking after Cotehele. Many thanks for your on-going support.

 

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Giant apple artwork made of apples

Cotehele's online apple festival 

Every year we usually run a programme of events celebrating the orchards at Cotehele. Due to the on-going coronavirus crisis we are unable to host our festival in the orchard this year. However we have moved lots of great content online so you can enjoy the festivities and continue to the celebrate the orchards at home.