Apple Days and orchards 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 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.

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.

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

What could be better than freshly pressed apple juice on a crisp autumn day? 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.

Apples growing in the orchard at Hardy's Cottage

Explore the orchards at Thomas Hardy's birthplace

Discover the apple trees which Thomas Hardy and his siblings loved to climb, and which later inspired his poetry and prose.

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.

Apples on a tree in autumn

Autumn colour at Compton Castle

In autumn months the garden and countryside surrounding Compton Castle fill with warm golden colours, and the castle becomes a cosy retreat where you can warm yourself by the fire in the Great Hall. Find out about all of the things to see and do this autumn.

Close view of Japanese Samurai armour, part of a remarkable c17th to c19th collection of twenty six suits of armour, in the Green Room at Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire

October half term activities

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