Apple Weekend

The orchard at Trelissick, Cornwall with the Water Tower in the background.

There are pressing matters to attend to at Trelissick over Apple Weekend. In fact, there's so much to squeeze in that an extra day is required. From Friday 4 to Sunday 6 October join us for a celebration of this seasonal harvest.

Over the three days there's something for everyone to get stuck into. Friday is our dedicated specialist day where we will be hosting a number of experts who will impart their knowledge to you. Families will enjoy the activities taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Have a go at pressing apples the old fashioned way or learn how bees make their honey with help from orchards.

Demonstrations, talks and displays

Apple display in stables

Friday and weekend - Trelissick and Brogdale varieties on show in the stables.

Cider making demonstrations

Friday - Local cider-maker Jonathon Gould shares his insight. 11am and 2pm lasting 1 hour 30 minutes in the stable yard.

Apple tree advise  

Friday - Meet in the orchard at 11.30am, 1pm or  2.30pm (last approx. 1 hour) for advise in tending your own.
Weekend - Ongoing demonstrations throughout the day in the orchard.

Grafting demonstrations

Friday and weekend - Chris Trimmer from the National Trust's Plant Conservation Centre will demonstrate grafting techniques in the stables. 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Apple trees also available to purchase from Chris, cash only. 

Apple identification

Friday and weekend - Trelissick's Head Gardener John Lanyon will identify and advise on apples from your garden or orchard. 

Bee display

Friday - Sue Malcolm of Tamar Valley Honey will be displaying her honeybees. Extraction and tasting will run throughout Friday.

Weekend - Observation hive with honey, marmalade and candle to purchase. 

Try your hand at archery
A girl aims a bow and arrow at a National trust archery event
Try your hand at archery

Family activities

Small press

Weekend - Children and adults alike can have a go at pressing your own apples in the orchard.

Large press

Weekend - The garden team will be pressing apples and making delicious juice for everyone to taste. Help us reduce waste by bringing your own cup!


Weekend - Archery and apple themed games like scrumping and races through the orchard.

Check out our garden blog 'Digging Deeper' for more information on the fantastic selection of apples in the orchard.

Apples and press in Trelissick orchard

Digging deeper - Autumn fruits

As summer turns to autumn there's a bounty to be discovered in the orchard. Here are its finest apples.