Hogs Hole Apple Weekend at Red House

The orchard at Red House, Kent

This event took place in October 2019. Apple Weekend is an annual event and will happen in again in 2020. To see up to date event information and keep a look out for the 2020 Apple Weekend dates, please see our website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/red-house

Discover a weekend of all things apple at Red House. Explore the garden, try unique heritage apple varieties and sip on hot mulled cider to celebrate Red House’s orchard.

In 1859 William Morris bought a plot of land to build his forever home, Red House. The area was known as Hogs Hole and the land purchased was an ancient orchard with over 80 trees.  Disturbing as few of them as possible, Morris went about creating his iconic red brick building which went on to inspire the Arts & Crafts movement.

Apples in the garden
Apples in the garden at Red House
Apples in the garden

Much has changed from the rural idyll that Morris would have known. The rolling Kentish orchards have been replaced with London suburbia and the name Hogs Hole was quickly changed to reflect the changing use of the land and the dwellings that had been built on it.

Although much of the original orchard has been lost over time, the National Trust is keen to preserve and grow the orchard once again. Morris’ old apple tree, the only tree thought to survive from Morris’ time, has recently been propagated and seedlings planted to maintain a sense of continuity in the orchard.

Tempting red juicy apples
tight cluster of red apples
Tempting red juicy apples

Hogs Hole Apple Weekend will celebrate Red House’s orchard and the history of the site. With heritage apples to try and buy, an apple press and hot mulled cider  it is a must for any apple lover.

Stalls with local produce for sale, children’s games and activities will run alongside a childrens trail, short talks and garden tours.