Apple days and Harvest events in Kent in 2017

This article relates to our events in 2017. Check back later for details about 2018. Places in Kent are celebrating the golden days of harvest. Where there’s an orchard, there’s usually an apple day. With apple pressings, tastings, stalls and barrel-loads of apple-flavoured fun, they’ve become a firm favourite in our calendar at places like Ightham Mote. There's also a chance to sample local produce at Scotney Castle, and select your own apples at Smallhythe Place. Join the celebrations. Any treats you purchase will help keep our places bountiful for next year.

People sorting apples

Orchard bounty at Ightham Mote 

Tuck into the bounty of the Garden of England at our annual apple and orchard weekend. Join in apple tasting, peruse the produce stalls and pop in for a refreshing drink in the Mote Café. Apple and orchard weekend takes place 30 September & 1 October, 10am to 4pm.

The Oasts used for drying hops

Hops & honey weekend at Scotney Castle 

Celebrate everything hops and honey. Join guided walks and talks to the working Hop Farm at Little Scotney, tuck into a hog roast & sample our ale. Tours £3 per person. Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September, 10am to 4pm.

vegetable patch in the kitchen garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Kitchen garden highlights at Chartwell 

Take part in a garden tour including a visit to the kitchen garden to see the autumn harvest. Admire the plentiful apples and pumpkins, used in soups and other recipes in our café. Tours depart daily at 2pm from the Marlborough pavilion.

Rosy red apples hanging from our trees in the Orchard

Apple picking at Smallhythe Place 

The orchard is ripe with autumn fruits. Grab a bag, stroll through the gardens and select the cream of the apple crop to take home. Crisp and juicy, they are just too tempting to miss.