Extracting the juice from the fruit in the traditional manner.

Extracting the juice from the fruit in the traditional manner.

Harvestime 2015

Our 27th Harvestime event happened in and around Much Marcle over the weekend of October 10th and 11th.

Harvestime 2015>>

Blossomtime Weekend 2016

Our annual Blossomtime celebration takes place over the May Day bank holiday weekend (Sunday 1st  and Monday 2nd May 2016).

For an idea of what to expect take a look at the 2015 event.

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Cider and Perry Trials

These took place on Saturday 2nd May 2015 at Putley Village Hall as usual.

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In 2016 they will be held on Saturday 30th April.

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.

BBC Open Country

Big Apple Cider and Perry Makers featured on the BBC’s Open Country programme on BBC Radio 4, Thursday 6th November 2014 at 3pm, repeated Saturday at 6.07am and available on the BBC website for at least a year after broadcast. Details at


where you can listen to the programme in full.