Pete Brown

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

Pete Brown, who gave a talk at Harvestime a couple of years ago on his book about World Cider has now published a new book called The Apple Orchard.

This was the Book of the Week on Radio 4 for the week commencing Monday 7th of November but you can still catch it on iPlayer, until 7th Dec.



BBC Countryfile in Herefordshire

Did you catch Countryfile on BBC 1 on 30th October?  It featured many of Big Apple’s friends and organisations and well worth a look.  It’s on the BBC iPlayer website at until 29th November so catch it while it’s still available.

Gabe Cook interviewed on Countryfile - 30th October 2016

Leominster Morris at HellensYou’ve missed Harvestime 2016!

Our 28th Harvestime event happened in and around Much Marcle over the weekend of October 8th and 9th. Read more about it through the link below.

Harvestime 2016 >>

Coming Next: Blossomtime Weekend

Our annual Blossomtime celebration takes place over the May Day bank holiday weekend  of Sunday 30th April  and Monday 1st May 2017.  Make a note of these dates in your diary now!

Cider and Perry Trials

These will take place on Saturday 29th April 2017 at Putley Village Hall.  The entries will be available for the public to taste during the Blossomtime weekend events at Putley village hall.

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.