A celebration of autumnal harvest and all things orchard - there'll be all the usual favourites including local produce stalls, activities and crafts for children, expert advice and delicious food, all with an apple inspired twist!
In preparation for Apple Weekend, 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 weekend. The polytunnels, which are usually a hive of gardening activity, will be packed full of market stalls selling everything from delicious apple bakes to freshly pressed apple juices and ciders. This is also 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. Pick up your own bag of organic Hanbury apples for just £4.00!
The Walled Garden is also where our experts will be hiding. This year our apple experts will be back to help identify different varieties of apples from your garden and answer all of your apple related questions. Our volunteer beekeeper, Tim will also be here, tending to our Hanbury hives and giving beekeeping advice throughout the day.
As well as being a home for our bees, our Walled Garden has also been home to our chickens since 2010 and this year we’ve welcomed four new Cheshire Blues. We usually feed our chickens between 1.30-2pm each day, so stop by and say hello!
Walled Orchard and Kytes Orchard
There will be plenty of fun to occupy your little ones too. Take a stroll down to the Orchard to try your hand at some apple crafts before heading across to Kytes Orchard to challenge your friends to a game on the apple shy.
Worcestershire Woodturners will be in the Long Gallery with another beautiful collection of handmade pieces from 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!
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 flans 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.