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.

Gardeners atop the Victorian cider press in front of an audience at Cotehele, Cornwall

The Great British Country Apple weekend at Cotehele

We're combining Cotehele's annual apple weekend on 23-24 September with a lively and lovely country fair. This is a great chance to sample local apple varieties and see the Victorian cider press in action.

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.

'Hockings Green' apple in Trelissick orchard

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.