Celebrate the autumn harvest

Feel the leaves crunch underfoot, tuck into warming treats and hear the wind whistle through the branches of a majestic oak. Harvest season is here — the perfect time to discover different varieties of apples and be inspired to try one of our great apple recipes.

Find a harvest event near you
Apple pressing in the courtyard at Rainham Hall

Join in with apple activities

You can get so much out of the humble apple. At Avebury in Wiltshire, join in with apple celebrations with apple carving, apple pressing and children’s activities in the orchard. You can also help the team press apples for juice at Dudmaston in Shropshire, and taste lots of different varieties at Beningbrough Hall in North Yorkshire.

Visitors in the orchard at Barrington Court, Somers

Take some of the harvest home

After your visit, you can take some apple varieties home with you to use in tasty harvest recipes. Pick your own apples in the Mother Orchard at Cotehele in Cornwall, which is home to over 100 heritage varieties of dessert, culinary and cider apples. After learning about the historic apple varieties at Wightwick Manor and Gardens in the West Midlands, you can purchase pre-picked apples for a donation – helping to look after these orchards for generations to come.

Spiced toffee apple cake

Tuck into seasonal treats

Eating food that’s in season is a great choice if you’re trying to live more sustainably, and you’ll find delicious seasonal treats at many of our cafés and restaurants. The café at Penrhyn Castle and Garden, Gwynedd, will be serving up a seasonal menu using apples, cinnamon and blackberries, and you can tuck into apple bakes at The Argory, County Armargh. You can also get a taste of the local cider in the shop and café at Killerton, Devon.

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​