Autumn harvest event returns to Erddig

A volunteer busy harvesting apples in Erddig's orchard

As the pleached limes begin to turn gold and a blaze of red Virginia creeper covers the west front of the hall, Erddig’s orchards are full to the brim with apples – 180 varieties are grown in all. The annual celebration returns with a bumper crop of activities extending into half-term.

Month-long celebrations


Whether you prefer toffee apples, apple pies, apple sauce or just a plain old unadulterated apple, our apple harvest month will offer something for everyone. From Saturday 6 October until Sunday 29 October visitors can enjoy an autumn feast for the senses.

Throughout the month there will be an indoor and outdoor trail, Welsh cider and perry exhibition, apple talks and walks.

Every Monday 8 to 29 October, 1pm to 3pm
Monday making
Join our volunteers to craft poppies for our remembrance display in the stables.


Every Tuesday 9 to 30 October, 12pm to 4pm
Tuesday talks
Enjoy an apple walk and talk with our garden guide and an apple display talk with our gardeners. On 30 October Jayne Hunt of the Welsh Perry and Cider Society will be giving a talk at 1pm and 3pm.


Every Wednesday 10 to 24 October, 11am
Wednesday walks
Come and say hello to our Nordic walking team and join a mini taster to find out how it works wonders for wellbeing. Later, join our guided walk that starts at 1pm on the wider estate. Walking poles provided. On 17 and 24 October follow us on a fungal foray with expert volunteer guide, Ian Staniforth. Booking essential for this free event, normal admission applies.


Every Thursday 11 to 25 October, 11am to 1pm
Thursday Tots
Join our weekly 50 Things for tots activities to celebrate nature play and the wonderful wildlife at Erddig.


Every Friday 12 October to 26 October, from 11am
Foodie Friday
From baking demonstrations – and a little tasting - in our historic servants’ quarters on 12 and 19 October (at 12pm and 2pm) to cider and juice tasting and a special apple menu in the Hayloft restaurant, there’s plenty to get the taste buds tingling on Fridays.
 

Discover the apple-themed items in our collection on our house trail
A red felt apple highlights the Victorian apple peeler in Erddig's kitchen
Discover the apple-themed items in our collection on our house trail

Something for the weekend

Each weekend in addition to the cider bar, there will new experiences to enjoy from storytelling to live music and craft workshops to cider press demonstrations. Check out our What's on page for bookable events.

6 and 7 October 10am to 5pm
Join us for cider and sausages as Ifton Band performs their favourite tunes early afternoon. There’s *apple dipping, storytelling with Jake Evans, bushcraft, Punch and Judy, Nordic walking mini taster sessions (Sat), beginner photography walk (Sun) and an opportunity to meet Erddig’s top apple doctor - Head Gardener, Glyn Smith 11am to 4pm.


13 and 14 October 10am to 5pm
Discover our apple baking display in the house, visit the sausage and cider bar, try *apple dipping, Nordic walking mini taster sessions (Sat) and enjoy a tale with Storyteller Jake Evans. Meet Mr Phoebus for his Penny Farthing demonstrations Sun) and Erddig’s top apple doctor, Glyn Smith 11am to 4pm.


20 and 21 October 10am to 5pm
Discover the historic process of apple pressing with our cider press demonstrations. Join our beekeepers’ talk, *apple dipping, a Nordic walking mini taster session (Sat) and storytelling with Jake Evans. Meet Mr Phoebus for his Penny Farthing demonstrations and Erddig’s top apple doctor, Glyn Smith 11am to 4pm.


27 and 28 October 11am to 4pm
It’s your final opportunity to catch the cider and sausage bar and the apple baking display in the house. There’s *apple dipping, Jake Evans storytelling, Nordic walking mini taster sessions (Sat) and Mr Phoebus Penny Farthing display (Sun).


*Apple dipping and marshmallow toasting, small charge applies.
 

Cider press demonstrations

The Ralph’s Cider team will be with us on 20 to 21 October pressing our apples to begin their transformation into Erddig cider. You can buy last year’s cider in our restaurant and shop.

Enjoy the Erddig apple harvest month
A child enjoys a slice of apple during the harvest at Erddig
Enjoy the Erddig apple harvest month


 
Half-term family fun

Our team of volunteers has organised a host of apple-themed games and craft activities which extend into the the half-term holiday from making chocolate apple pops to apple printing. There’s a fun trail to discover which apple variety was stolen from the Yorkes; solve the puzzle and collect a sticker. Award-winning storyteller Jake Evans joins us with apple-inspired stories every weekend until 4 November and throughout half-term week. Whatever the weather, Wolf’s Den is a great space to let off steam. See if you can spot all of our wooden apple characters.


Half-term activities 29 October to 4 November


Monday – *marshmallow toasting in Wolf’s Den, candle making with the beekeepers, apple printing and poppy making.
Tuesday – Apple walk and talk at 12pm, apple display talk with the garden team and Jake Evans storytelling.
Wednesday – It’s Halloween so we’ll be apple printing bats and pumpkins and instead of hobby horse gymkhanas, we’ll be hosting broomstick gymkhanas! Come and join the fun.
Thursday – We’re getting creative in Wolf’s Den with some wild art activity.
Friday –  After completing our apple trail to solve the stolen apple variety, try your hand at *apple dipping as a reward or head to Wolf’s Den to let off steam and discover our wooden apple carvings.

*Apple dipping and marshmallow toasting, small charge applies.

Celebrate the harvest at Erddig this autumn
Crate of National Trust Erddig apples
Celebrate the harvest at Erddig this autumn