Extracting the juice from the fruit in the traditional manner.

Extracting the juice from the fruit in the traditional manner.

Blossomtime Weekend 2015

Our annual Blossomtime celebration takes place over the May Day bank holiday weekend (3rd  & 4th May 2015) – make a note of these dates in your diary.

Several hundred of you attended in 2014 and enjoyed the warm, fine weather and we hope you will come back again next year.  If you didn’t come and want a flavour of what we have to offer take a look at the 2014 event through the link below.

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Cider and Perry Trials

These will take place on Saturday 2nd May 2015 at Putley Parish Hall as usual.  We will be announcing entry details early in 2015.  Follow the link below for details of the 2014 event.

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For an afternoon, a day or a full weekend the Big Apple Harvestime and Blossomtime Events are special opportunities to enjoy the countryside in the Herefordshire parishes on the Marcle Ridge – Aylton, Little Marcle, Much Marcle, Munsley, Pixley, Putley and Woolhope. The local orchards are famous for their cider fruit and their excellent eating apples.

BBC Open Country

Big Apple Cider and Perry Makers featured on the BBC’s Open Country programme on BBC Radio 4, Thursday 6th November at 3pm, repeated Saturday at 6.07am and available on the BBC website for at least a year after broadcast. Details at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04n62n8

Harvestime 2014

Our 26th Harvestime event happened in and around Much Marcle on October 11th and 12th 2014.  One feature item was Paul Henry sharing the fruits of The Poetry Orchard carried out in conjunction with Ledbury Poetry Festival (see further down page).

Full details of Harvestime events >>

Marcle Ridge Country

Another good reason to come to the Big Apple is simply to enjoy this wonderful stretch of countryside. Woodlands, soft fruit fields, hopyards and grazing pastures mix with the orchards to create a lovely farming patchwork.  The slopes of the Marcle Ridge offer splendid views across to the Malvern Hills to the east, while Woolhope in the west lies within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

…Herefordshire at its Best

There is no better way to explore our deeply rural county than through its food and drink and apples and cider are at its heart.

Herefordshire has more orchards than any other county and is the source of over half the UK’s cider production.

For us the Marcle Ridge and the Big Apple are what Herefordshire is all about.  Over the last 25 years, the number of craft food and drink producers of all kinds has truly blossomed in our local communities, providing a special experience for our visitors that is integral to the enjoyment of our rural heritage and landscape.

Ledbury Poetry Festival – The Poetry Orchard

In addition to our regular activities, this year we are also promoting “The Poetry Orchard” project, part of Ledbury Poetry Festival.  This is a project by Herefordshire’s Poet in Residence, Paul Henry, to invite people to submit poems based on apple varieties grown in Herefordshire.  Full details on the Poetry Festival website through the link below.

Ledbury Poetry Festival >>