Extracting the juice from the fruit in the traditional manner.

Extracting the juice from the fruit in the traditional manner.

Harvestime 2014

Now that Blossomtime is over we are looking ahead to the autumn.  Our 26th Harvestime event happens in and around Much Marcle on October 11th and 12th 2014.  One feature item will be the results of The Poetry Orchard project 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

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 >>

Blossomtime Weekend 2014

Our annual Blossomtime celebration took place over the May Day bank holiday weekend (4th & 5th May).  Several hundred of you attended over the weekend and enjoyed the warm, fine weather.

Full details >>

Cider and Perry Trials

These took place on Saturday 3rd May 2014 with 74 entrants this year.

Full details >>

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.