A celebration of autumnal harvest and all things orchard - there'll be all the usual favourites including local produce, activities for children, expert advice and delicious food in our tearoom, all with an apple inspired twist!
In preparation for Applefest, our gardeners need to harvest the many varieties of apples from the Orchard and Fruit Gardens. Harvesting begins in the early autumn, usually across the last two weeks of September. All of the apples are picked by hand by our dedicated team of gardeners and volunteers.
The Walled Garden will be at the heart of the celebrations throughout the week. The polytunnels, which are usually a hive of gardening activity, will be packed full of stalls selling everything from delicious apples to freshly pressed apple juices and ciders. This is where we will be selling some of the many varieties of Hanbury grown apples too, including the Golden Pippin, Howgate Wonder and the tradition Bramley. If you are planning on buying some of the Hanbury grown apples then we would like to ask you to bring your own bag to put them in. As a conservation charity, we are trying to keep our waste to a mimimum throughout the week!
Our Walled Garden is also home to our some of our bees and chickens. You can find our bees tucked away in the corner busying away and socking up the late autumn sunshine. We usually feed our chickens between 1.30-2pm each day, so stop by and say hello!
The Worcestershire Woodturners
The Worcestershire Woodturners will be with us on the Friday of Applefest with a collection of handmade pieces made by local crafts people. Created using traditional woodturning techniques, there will be woodturning demonstrations throughout the day and pieces available to buy too - a good opportunity to pick up and early Christmas present or two! This year the woodturners will be based in the Walled Garden.
Treat yourself to a delicious, seasonal lunch in our Servant’s Hall tearoom. With lots of tasty treats on offer including warming soups with crusty bread, seasonal quiches and freshly baked cakes and scones.
If you’re looking for something even more special, why not indulge in a delicious afternoon tea in Chambers?
Freshly-made sandwiches loaded to the brim with all the best fillings, Hanbury baked cakes and scones straight from the oven, topped with gooey fruity jam and clotted cream. All served with traditional loose leaf teas and a glass of cold local apple juice.
To book and guarantee your table, please call: 01527 821214.