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 (Sunday 3rd  and Monday 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 this year.

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Cider and Perry Trials

These will take place on Saturday 2nd May 2015 at Putley Village Hall as usual.  Entry is now open.

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Harvestime 2015

Our 27th Harvestime event will happen in and around Much Marcle on October 10th and 11th 2015.  For a flavour of this event have a look at the programme we ran in 2014.

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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

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.

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.