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Celebrate the flavours of autumn at a National Trust Apple Day and enjoy the fruits of the season

Above: apples © National Trust Images Stephen Robson

Whether you're hoping to taste delicious new varieties or discover harvest traditions, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the humble British apple at National Trust properties this autumn.

Try apple bobbing, have a go at apple pressing and identification, or taste sweet treats baked using historic recipes. Then relax with a homemade cider or apple juice and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.


Here are some suggestions for top Apple Day events around the UK.

Killerton, Devon

Cider and apple festival, 15 - 16 October, 10am – 5pm

Discover a family festival tucked among the apple trees in Killerton's flourishing traditional orchard. There will be live music, a hog roast, great local food and delicious apple-based products, including award-winning Killerton cider and apple juice. Expect a lively atmosphere and loads to do, taste and try, for children and adults. Dogs on leads welcome.

Hardy's Cottage, Dorset

Apple Day, 29 October, 11am – 3pm

Head down to this quaint country cottage tucked away in the Dorset countryside for a day of apple activities in the orchard. Taste delicious local apple juice, cider and sweet treats, and have a go at using the apple press. And you can be sure that your visit is helping to care for Hardy's Cottage and other special places for future generations.

Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

Hall at Harvest, 1 – 5 October, 11am – 5pm

At Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk, the team celebrates the harvest by decorating the Hall with flowers, fruit and vegetable displays from the garden. A large selection of produce – including lots of varieties of apples – will be on show in the Old Kitchen, with a fruit tasting session on the afternoon of 5 October.

Berrington Hall, Herefordshire

Cider weekend, 1 – 2 October, 10am – 5pm

It's harvest time at Berrington and the garden team have been gathering vintage apples from the orchard. Join the team for a weekend of apples, cider and local food. With cider bars, apple grafting, pruning, identification and pressing demonstrations it'll be an action-packed day. Bring along your weird and wonderful varieties for identification by the apple ID team. There will be local food on offer, live music and horse and carriage rides throughout the weekend.

Hughenden, Buckinghamshire

Apple Days, 15 – 16 October, 10am – 4pm

Hughenden's orchards are home to 57 varieties of apples, and they'll be ready to be picked, pressed and juiced at the annual apple days this October. Have a go at turning the handle of the apple press and collecting the juice to drink, or why not try Hughenden's very own cider? There'll be activities to keep the kids entertained and lots of delicious treats to try.

Above: picking apples © National Trust Images Arnhel de Serra

Above: Swan Barn Farm Apple Day © National Trust Images

Above: Berrington Hall orchard © National Trust Images Stephen Robson

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Apple Weekend, 8 – 9 October, 12pm – 4pm

Celebrate Clumber's National Collection of Apples with apple-themed activities galore. There'll be apple games, apple juicing, apple-themed tours of the garden, lots of produce on sale and loads of varieties to taste. Head to the Walled Kitchen Garden for live demonstrations, free apple samples and hints and tips on growing your own. See the National Collection of apple trees and meet the gardeners who look after this special place.

Acorn Bank, Cumbria

Apple Day, 9 October, 11am – 4.30pm

The orchards at Acorn Bank are host to 170 traditional and unusual varieties of apple. From mid-September onwards staff and volunteers will be picking and carrying mountains of them inside in preparation for Apple Day. Head down on 9 October to see the culmination of their work at the much-loved Apple Day Festival, which has been running for over 20 years. With apple bobbing, the longest peel competition, Morris dancers, wassailing, apple tasting, juicing and even archery, it'll be an action-packed day out for the whole family.

Gibside, Tyne & Wear

Apple Weekend, 8 – 9 October, 11am – 3pm

Join the Gibside team in the ever changing walled garden for apple tastings, heritage apple displays, juicing, games and bulb planting. Afterwards take an autumn stroll around the woodland and gardens and soak up views of the colourful autumn landscapes. Keep an eye out for Gibside's resident red kites and roe deer.

Above: apples at Berrington Hall © National Trust Images

Erddig, Wrexham

Apple Festival, 1 – 2 October, 10am – 5pm

Join Erddig's 26th annual Apple Festival as they celebrate the 180 different varieties of apple grown there. Chat to Erddig's head gardener and visit the garden team's dazzling apple display. Enjoy cider press and cookery demonstrations, craft stalls, children's entertainment and much more.

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion

Apple day, 9 October, 11am – 4pm

Celebrate the humble apple with a day of apple crunching, fruit growing advice and apple identification at Llanerchaeron. Sample over fifty delicious varieties of apples from the historic orchards and pick up tips on growing fruit and making cider. Take a guided tour of the orchards which will include a 'behind the scenes' look at the apple store, usually closed to the public, or wander around the food and craft stalls to take home some local and seasonal gifts. Kids will love apple printing crafts, apple bobbing and the chance to eat an apple straight from a tree. Bring your own apples to be identified and get them pressed to make your own freshly pressed apple juice.

Ardress House, Co. Armagh

Apple Sundays, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 October, 12pm – 5pm

Set in the middle of orchard country, this is the ideal location to hear all about Armagh's famous apples and have some family fun. Take a turn on the apple press, go on a guided orchard tour, try some local cider and enjoy tasty apple treats.

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Swan Barn Farm, South Downs

Community Apple Pressing Day, 24 September, 10.30am - 4pm

The team at Swan Barn produces artisan cider every year from all sorts of Heritage apple varieties from their orchards, with romantic names such as Greensleeves, Cornish Gillyflower and Knobby Russet. Head down to the farm to try some of these varieties and have a go at pressing them into juice using the 100 year old restored apple press. Or bring your own apples along for pressing and receive fresh juice in exchange. Check out the brand new orchard house, made from coppiced sweet chestnut grown in the woods.

Fenton House and Garden, London

Apple Weekend, 1 – 2 October, 11am – 5pm

Celebrate all things apple in Fenton's beguiling walled gardens and 300 year-old orchard. The apple orchard is a sight to behold as 32 heritage varieties of apple and pear trees bear fruit. Sit back and relax with a delicious glass of fresh apple juice and a slice of homemade cake. There will be all the usual foodie favourites, including local produce, hot food and cake stalls. The kids will have plenty to do too, with activities like badge making, apple juicing, giant lawn games and stories on the formal lawn as well as a zip line from the trees on Sunday.