Autumn food and festivities in the East of England

Autumn sees the peak of harvest and many of our places still celebrate with traditional harvest festivities. So, as leaves begin to turn and drop off the trees, apples are ripe for the picking along with many other fruits, perfect for crumbles and pies. 

Basket flower arrangement with sunflower

Harvest festivities at Felbrigg  

We celebrate the autumn harvest by decorating Felbrigg Hall with flowers, fruits and vegetable displays from the garden created by our team of volunteer flower arrangers. As well as a bumper crop in the walled garden, enjoy the produce on show in the old kitchen for a special week of celebrations from 29 September to 5 October.

If you've got an apple-tite...
A family pick apples from the tree

Apples galore at Blickling 

We welcome in the season of mellow fruitfulness at Blickling, with a celebration of apples. Discover the vast varieties of heritage apple in our orchard and walled garden. Why not help us harvest the apples on 2 October or join us for our Apple Weekend on 6 and 7 October?

Apple in the Orchard

Oxburgh's a-peeling menu 

Throughout October we’ll be celebrating all things apple at Oxbugh Hall, from apple pressing to delicious apple treats in the tea-room. As we enjoy the kitchen garden and orchard's bountiful harvest, bring along your own apples and turn them into juice at our annual Apple Day on 29 September.

Pick of the patch...
A visitor holding a pumpkin

It's pumpkin season at Oxburgh 

Did you know that pumpkins are members of the same family as the squash, the cucumber and even the melon? We'll be busy pumpkin harvesting at Oxburgh Hall during October, you can even follow a trail to find them hidden throughout the gardens from the 28 - 29 October.

a group of harvested pumpkins

The pumpkin patch at Blickling 

As work to restore Blickling's walled garden continues, you’ll find pumpkins galore this autumn. Pumpkins aren’t just for carving, they're for eating too. They’ll be featuring on the menu to get you into the autumnal spirit!

Squash display in the greenhouse at Wimpole

Wimpole's sensational squash 

At Wimpole there are four full-time gardeners and a hoard of volunteers who help to cultivate around 70 per cent of the crops grown in the four-and-a-half-acre walled garden, which are then used in the restaurant and café. As well as eating the produce, look out for the spectacular squash display in the central glasshouse and harvest display in the Chapel. Why not join us for the Harvest and Produce Month Fair on 29 and 30 September?

What else is on the menu...
Venison dumpling stew in Orangery tea room at Charlecote

Award-winning venison from Hatfield Forest 

We sell a range of produce which comes from the Forest, including award-winning venison during September to February. Our fully sustainable and ethical deer management plan allows us to provide premium quality wild venison in a range of joints, diced for casseroles, and as burgers and sausages, fresh and frozen.

A woman eating cake and enjoying a coffee

The season to indulge at Ickworth 

We’ll be using produce from Ickworth’s renowned walled garden to create some treats this autumn. So head off for a stroll and then warm up in our West Wing Restaurant, Squash Court Café or outdoors Porter’s Lodge with a cup of tea and seasonal cake.

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