Apple days and wassailing 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. Here's a round-up of the apple days and wassailing fun coming up.

A family collecting apples in the orchard at Barrington Court

Gathering the harvest

The autumn apple harvest is a big deal at Barrington Court – the year’s crop of Brown Snout, Crimson King and Slack-Ma-Girdle are collected up and made into award-winning apple juice and cider.

Snowshill Manor in Autumn

Snowshill this autumn

Autumn is a special time at Snowshill. From autumn colour to apple harvest, and autumn family trails to a mindful meander in the garden, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Apples on a tree and hand sculpture in Mother Orchard at Cotehele, Cornwall

Cotehele's orchards

Cotehele's orchards, both old and new, are a great place to experience the changes of the seasons, a sense of community, connection to the past and a have for wildlife.

Ripe apples in the orchard at Coleridge Cottage

Apple weekend, 28-29 September

Join us for apple related fun for the whole family including apple pressing and juicing, games, and activities. Bring some empty bottles and let us turn your apples into scrumptious juice to take home from 11.30 - 2.30pm each day.

Apple growing in the Mother Orchard at Cotehele, Cornwall

Apple Festival at Cotehele

This year, Cotehele's annual celebration of the apple harvest runs from 14-22 September. Come along to sample local apple varieties, see the Victorian cider press in action and lots more.

Dyrham Park pond is framed by oranges, reds and yellows in autumn

Autumn at Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park is transformed with each season. Autumn is filled with interest for nature lovers.

Apples in the orchard at Lacock

Lacock Abbey's orchard 

Since the abbey was first inhabited by nuns, Lacock's grounds have been used to grow food. A variety of apples still grow in the estate's historic walled garden to this day.

orchard family fun at killerton

The big pick weekend

Sparrow Park orchard is full of apples and we need your help to collect them in preparation for the Apple Festival.

Apple pressing is always popular at Killerton apple festival

Killerton apple festival

Killerton's apple festival is one of the biggest family-friendly celebrations of its kind in the South West.

Mother and daughter picking an apple from the tree

What to do with all these apples?

Come along to help us press the apples from Lydford Gorge's orchard. Your efforts will be rewarded with a taste of the juice. Have a go on the apple shy, create a creature from apples and cook up some tasty apple-inspired treats on the camp fire.

Apples on the tree

Wassailing at Montacute House

Sing to bless the apple trees for a bountiful year ahead.

Apples and press in Trelissick orchard

Digging deeper - Autumn fruits

As summer turns to autumn there's a bounty to be discovered in the orchard. Here are its finest apples.

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.

A pile of apples straight from the tree

Apple pressing at Tyntesfield

There are over 300 apple trees at Tyntesfield. Pop along to our apple pressing day to have a go at making your own juice and to learn about the different varieties of apple that grow here.

A musician playing the violin

Winter wassail at Tyntesfield

Welcome in the new year and celebrate the newly completed orchard with Tyntesfield's first Wassail. Join us from 11am to 1pm for crafts in the Sawmill to make your own shaker to rattle during a parade through the estate at 1:30pm. The final Wassail and blessing of the orchard will take place at 3pm.