Apple Days across the South West

Across the South West there are historic orchards that are looked after by our dedicated teams of gardeners and rangers. This time of year is ideal to explore these fascinating places and to celebrate the great British apple. Find an event taking place near you.

Apple pressing is always popular at Killerton cider and apple festival

Killerton apple festival

Killerton's apple festival on 13 and 14 October is one of the biggest family friendly celebrations of its kind in the South West.

Child looking at apple

Apple day at Buckland Abbey

Help us harvest and press the apples from the Buckland Abbey orchard with local food growing group the BFG. There will be apple themed tasty treats in the restaurant and trails for the children in the abbey and estate.

Apples on a tree

Apple day

Meet the countryside rangers in the orchard by South Beach on Sunday 30 September and have a go at apple themed activities, a bioblitz and try fresh apple juice. Free event.

Ripe apples in the orchard at Coleridge Cottage

Apple day at Coleridge Cottage

What could be better than freshly pressed apple juice on a crisp autumn day? On Saturday 13 October you can press your own apples into juice and pick up tips from apple expert Paul Chant.

Mother and daughter picking an apple from the tree

Help bring in the harvest of apples

The Lydford Gorge orchard has not seen much rain this year however the apples are still growing and ripening ready for picking. Hopefully you can get some before the birds - although we think they deserve their share of the harvest too. Come along to our Apple Day to help press them into tasty juice to try for yourselves.

The orchard at Trelissick, Cornwall with the Water Tower in the background.

Apple Weekend

A weekend of family activities including a specialist day on Friday for those wanting to delve into the world of cultivating, growing and the uses of apples.


Graft your own apple tree

Have you ever wanted to learn how to graft an apple tree?

A pile of apples straight from the tree

Apple pressing at Tyntesfield

Try your hand at apple pressing in Tyntesfield's orchard this autumn.

A barrow full of ripe apples in front of the thatched cottage

Explore the orchards at Hardys Cottage

The apple are ripening in the orchard around Thomas Hardy's childhood home. This autumn, you can come and explore the grounds and see the trees which provided cider for the adults and tree climbing games for the Hardy children.

Pears growing on the tree at Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire in September

Harvest celebration at Dyrham Park

To mark the annual autumn harvest, we've got the cider press and some festive autumnal displays.

Apple growing in the Mother Orchard at Cotehele, Cornwall

Apple Anniversary at Cotehele

This year, Cotehele's annual apple weekend on 22-23 September is also a celebration of the Mother Orchard's 10th birthday. Come along to sample local apple varieties, see the Victorian cider press in action and lots more.