It's time to celebrate orchards

The autumn season has officially started to settle in, which means it’s the perfect time to explore orchards. Here are some of the best places to celebrate autumn with apple and cider weekends 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.

A display of cider

Saltram apple and cider day 

Celebrate the change of seasons and the orchards looked after by the team at Saltram, by helping us to harvest the apples at the annual apple day event.

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.

Apples in the orchard at Parke, Devon

Apple day

Lots of family fun and a chance to join in with the harvest ...

A morris dancer at Buckland Abbey

To help the orchard next season 

Buckland Abbey Wassail with Dartmoor Border Morris Sunday 7 January, 2-4pm. Grab your bells, bring along your pot and pans and join the team at Buckland Abbey for their annual Wassail.

A slice of apple and rhubarb crumble

Apple recipes 

Enjoyed the autumn apple harvest? Why not try cooking up your own treats with one of our delicious apple recipes.


You can find exotic gardens, ancient houses and mining history encircled by a much-loved coastline.