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 Boston ivy covers the west front of the hall, Erddig’s orchards are full to the brim with apples – 180 varieties are grown in all. The 29th 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 5 October until Sunday 27 October visitors can enjoy an autumn feast for the senses.

Throughout the month there will be an indoor and outdoor trail, apple sales, apple talks and walks.

Every Monday 7 to 21 October, 12pm to 4pm
Monday making
Have a go at apple printing or watch our chainsaw carving artist create new wooden sculptures.

Every Tuesday 8 to 22 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 15 and 22 October join our fungal foray with Ian Staniforth, booking essential for this free event, normal admission applies.

Every Wednesday 9 to 23 October, 11am
Wellbeing Wednesday
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 23 October, join our guided walk with the equines.

Every Thursday 10 to 24 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 11 October to 25 October, from 11am
Foodie Friday
From baking demonstrations 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.

5 and 6 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.

12 and 13 October 10am to 5pm
Visit the sausage and cider bar, try *apple dipping, Nordic walking mini taster sessions (Sat) and enjoy a tale with Storyteller Jake Evans. Meet Erddig’s top apple doctor, Glyn Smith 11am to 4pm. Join our Erddig Grow community open day at Felin Puleston Mill on 12 October 10am to 3pm (Sat) on the edge of the Erddig estate just off Hafod Road, LL13 7RF.

19 and 20 October 10am to 5pm
Visit the sausage and cider bar, try  *apple dipping, a Nordic walking mini taster session (Sat) and storytelling with Jake Evans. Meet Erddig’s top apple doctor, Glyn Smith 11am to 4pm and don't miss local playwright Peter Read's last performance of The Brothers Yorke (Sun).

26 and 27 October 11am to 4pm
Discover the historic process of apple pressing with our big cider press demonstrations. It’s your final opportunity to catch the cider and sausage bar. There’s *apple dipping, Jake Evans storytelling and Nordic walking mini taster sessions (Sat).

*Apple dipping and marshmallow toasting, small charge applies.

Cider press demonstrations

The Ralph’s Cider team will be with us on 26 and 27 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 apple dipping to apple printing. There’s a fun apple trail to follow; solve the puzzle and collect a sticker. Award-winning storyteller Jake Evans joins us with apple-inspired stories 26, 27, 30, 31 October and 1 November. 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 and apple printing.
Tuesday – Apple walk and talk at 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Wednesday – Jake Evans storytelling and Nordic walk taster session 11.45am to 12.30pm     
Thursday – It’s Halloween so instead of hobby horse gymkhanas, we’ll be hosting broomstick ones! Come and join the fun.We’re also in Wolf's Den with some 50 Things activities.
Friday –  After completing our apple trail join Jake Evans for storytelling.

*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