Harvest celebration at Dyrham Park

Pears growing on the tree at Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire in September

The harvest is taking centre-stage at Dyrham Park this October, with displays and activities celebrating this special time of year.

Throughout October, the Great Kitchen and neighbouring St Peter's Church will be dressed for harvest. There will be activities, histories and tastes of the 17th-century harvest. 

For adults a crossword is planned which will help guide you find out some interesting facts about the garden at this fruitful time of year.

Cider pressing

On the weekend of October 13 & 14 the cider press will be here so you can see how apples and pears are pressed into juice, cider or perry.

Food & drink

If you head into the shop or tea-room, you'll be able to sample some seasonal produce - including Dyrham Park venison.

Don't forget to pop up to the allotment at Old Lodge, where you'll be able to see some huge pumpkins, gourds and other autumnal produce being harvested by our garden team.

Explore the orchard

Outdoors Officer Beth Weston said: 'Harvest is the perfect season to discover the 17th-century produce at Dyrham Park and take a wander through Nichol's perry pear orchard next to the main garden.

'You can explore the orchard and help us pick the windfall pears to send off to make perry cider before warming yourself with mulled cider from the tea-room.'