Sunday 1st October 10am – 4pm
Join us for a day celebrating apples
The grounds and gardens of the beautiful historic house at Hutton-in-the-Forest will make the ideal backdrop of this apple-themed day on Sunday 1st October. The North Cumbria Orchard Group will be on hand with experts providing advice, apple identification, pruning and juicing and there will be a display of a wide range of apple varieties.
There’ll be apple trees for sale including very unusual heritage apples, juices, cider, crafts, plant and food stalls, children’s games, and a treasure trail through the woodland walk. There’ll be music, vintage tractors, a wormery, bees, and an apple peeling competition. Jordan from Wild Food UK will be giving talks on foraging and Jamie Normington from Cumbria Wildlife Trust will lead walks through the grounds and woodland. Hutton’s head gardener, Ben Houston and Chris Braithwaite from NCOG will be giving demonstrations of the best ways to prune apple trees.
If you would like the experts to ID your apples, please bring 3 fruits and some leaf of each variety you wish to have identified.
Visitors wishing for their own apples to be juiced are very welcome to bring along their clean, hand-picked and washed apples along with a container for the juice (about 1 litre per 2kg of apples).
The outdoor tearoom will be selling delicious light lunches and cakes, along with a BBQ in the Courtyard.