Killerton apple festival

A National Trust logo made out of apples harvested at Killerton

Coronavirus update: Due to current government guidance all scheduled events have been cancelled.

Killerton's annual apple festival

Sadly our apple festival will not be taking place in 2020. Many National Trust staff our still furloughed and we don’t have the funding or capacity to run the event safely in this tough environment. It is an event enjoyed but the whole team her at Killerton and we know our visitors love it too. Sorry for any disappointment: we hope to see you in 2021. 

Ranger dog toby collecting apples in the orchard at killerton

Caring for traditional orchards

Orchards are a special habitat and at Killerton are managed in a traditional way to make award-winning apple juice and cider.

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Killerton's cider

Since the early 1990s Killerton’s sparkling cider has been made using apples from five estate orchards managed directly by National Trust Rangers and volunteers. The apple varieties used are of West Country origin, including local apples such as Star of Devon, Hangy Down, the Killerton Sweet and Killerton Sharp making it a very unique cider. All the apples are collected by hand and then crushed on site using a 200 year old traditional farm press. The local flavour, heritage, tradition and community involvement make Killerton cider a product worthy of national recognition and one which fully celebrates traditional farming methods.

Killerton's slighlty sparkling cider

Killerton's cider wins Overall Drinks Winner at Fine Food Awards 

For the second year running, in 2018 the Killerton Estate won the Overall Drinks Award for its Medium Sparkling Cider at the national Fine Food Awards. There are over 50 acres of orchards on the estate which are home to over 100 traditional apple varieties including the oddly named ‘Slack-ma-girdle’ and ‘Hangy Down’ varieties.

Apple recipes