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. 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 30 September to 4 October, there'll even be a fruit tasting session on the last day.

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 heritage apple varieties we're re-introducing, thanks to the diary of a 19th century Blickling gardener. Why not help us harvest the apples on 26 September or join as for our apple weekend (30 September - 1 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 apple based recipes 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 Apple Day on 8 October, and enjoy lots more apple produce for sale.

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 - how about a pumpkin scone or pumpkin syrup in your coffee? Why not join us on 19 October, as we continue our Indian theme at Blickling for 2017 and celebrate Diwali with lit pumpkins in the walled garden.

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.

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 walled garden, to create some treats this autumn – including Suffolk apple cake. So head off for a stroll and then warm up in our West Wing Restaurant, Squash Court Café or outdoors Porter’s Lodge. With the 1st Earl of Bristol love of ‘drinking chocolate’, flavoured with vanilla or cinnamon, why not try one of our new hot chocolate drinks?

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