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Harvestime 2012 - October 13th and 14th
For an afternoon, a day or a full weekend – the Big Apple Harvestime Event is a special opportunity to enjoy the autumn countryside in the Herefordshire parishes on the Marcle Ridge. The local orchards are famous for their cider fruit and their excellent eating apples.
Now in our twenty-fourth year, the award-winning communities of these tiny parishes have put together a collection of small rural events based in and around Much Marcle to enable you to share with us in our tradition of apple growing and cidermaking.
The map on the right shows the locations of the various venues in Much Marcle.
Zoom out to see the venues outside of Much Marcle.
Full details of what is happening are given below but if you wish to print the programme, you can download a pdf version of the Big Apple brochure here.
(The brochure was produced in August so there may be additions since then.)
This webpage last updated 16th August 2012.
The Common Core
- available throughout the weekend.
Take home some quality English apples –
Reddingend, Much Marcle 9am to 6pm
Roots at Little Verzons, Munsley 9am to 5pm (Sat) 10am - 4pm (Sun)
Cider tasting and sales
Lyne Down Cider, 10am to 5pm
Gregg's Pit Perry and Cider, 10.30am to 6pm
Westons Cider, 10am to 5pm
Much Marcle Village Shop Sat 7:30am-6pm, Sun 8:45am-12.30pm
Once Upon A Tree, 10am to 3pm
Tea and Coffee
Bottle Museum Tearoom, Westons, 9am to 5pm
Much Marcle Memorial Hall 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 5pm
...plus many venues will also have some refreshments available.
Lunches and suppers
Our local pubs and restaurants will be serving dishes using apple and cider recipes. Booking advisable. Also, refreshments and some food is available all day at Much Marcle Memorial Hall.
In Much Marcle
|Royal Oak, 01531 660300
Scrumpy House, 01531 660626 (not Sunday eve)
Slip Tavern, 01531 660246 (not Sunday eve)
Walwyn Arms, 01531 660601
|Butchers Arms, Woolhope, 01432 860281 (not Sunday eve)
Crown Inn, Woolhope, 01432 860468
Trumpet Inn, A4172/A438/A417 crossroads, 01531 670277
Roots at Little Verzons, A438 01531 670816 (Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4)
Trumpet Corner A4172/A438/A417 crossroads, 01531670082 (Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4)
Saturday 13th October
Bus Walk Bus from Hereford to Woolhope, then guided walk with Hereford Ramblers via Three Choirs Way to Much Marcle. Two and a half hours to enjoy Big Apple events, before walk to Poolend to catch late afternoon return bus. Total eight and a half miles moderate walking. Phone Philip (01981 500398) to confirm bus times.
Our Edible Garden – guided tours of newly planted fruit and nut groves. Avenue Cottage, Much Marcle. 11.00am and 2.30pm
Press Your Own Apples with Little Cider Press Company. Booking essential (01531 670713). Crown Inn, Woolhope, from 11.00am
Leominster Morris at Westons (11.30am), Gregg's Pit (12.30pm), Hellens (3.00pm).
The Mysterious Origin of the English Apple: Update – a talk by Dr Barrie Juniper, Reader Emeritus in Plant Sciences, University of Oxford. Haywain, Hellens*, 12.30pm
From Field to Fork: Our Local Food Web – a talk by Fran Robinson, Chair of Ledbury Food Group. CPRE's national project has shown the value of local food (and drink). Haywain, Hellens*, 2.00pm. An event for h.Energy
Growers working together for a long term orchard future – a talk by Emily Durrant of Herefordshire Orchards Network of Excellence. Haywain, Hellens*, 3.30pm. An event for h.Energy
Harvest Harmony. Candle-lit singing and readings from Serenata. Hear how the apple has inspired musicians and writers for centuries. Tickets £7, to include interval drink. In person from Ledbury Books and Maps or phone 01531 670544. Music Room, Hellens Manor, 7.30 pm.
Sunday 14th October
Big Apple Bike Ride. Market House, Ledbury at 10.00am, leave 10.30. Follow quiet country lanes, visiting cider producers and orchards. BYO picnic or enjoy Big Apple catering. Explore Big Apple, returning to Ledbury in the afternoon. For information call 01531 635432.
Our edible garden – details as Saturday
Apple Apocalypse! – what every fruit tree needs and probably didn't get this year. A talk by grower Norman Stanier of Dragon Orchard. Putley Haywain, Hellens*, 12.15pm An event for h.Energy
Single variety tasting. An expert introduction to a selection of apples, their juice and their qualities as single variety ciders. With Gabe Cook. Haywain, Hellens*, 1.30pm. £1.50
The breeding and introduction of modern apple varieties - a talk by Nick Dunn of specialist tree nursery Frank P. Matthews Ltd. Haywain, Hellens*, 3.00pm
*Please note that unless otherwise stated the entry charge of £2 will cover events on the Hellens site
Pictures from 2011
General view of the Hellens site
Noggin Farm pork products selling barbecued sausages
Ed Elliot's sculptures getting an admiring glance from a volunteer
Walcot Organic Nurseries display
The Tree Shop - Frank P Matthews
Pork and Two Veg
Once Upon a Tree
Herefordshire Woodpecker Survey
Jus - single variety apple juice
Hereford Orchards Community Evaluation Project
Another general view at Hellens
Apples on display in The Great Hall
...and you can buy these...
...at the Apple market
Perry Pear display
Gabe Cook talking about cider and perry
Much Marcle Memorial Hall...
with its teas and cakes...
...and Eric Bottomley's pictures.
Cycling is a popular way of getting around the venues.
Perry making at Gregg's Pit...
with local MP, Bill Wiggin, giving James Marden some advice...
...and a bit of help squeezing out the juice.
Back at Hellens, the Leominster Morris entertain...
...with their colourful display.
Hellens (GR661333) (HR8 2LY)
Open 12.00 noon - 4.45pm
A Feast of Apples – displays of apples, cider fruit and perry pears; tastings of dessert and culinary fruit;
Apple identification by Marcher Apple Network (£2 a variety on the day where possible; otherwise collected and retained for investigation). Ideally bring examples which include the stem and a leaf or two as these help identification.
Apple market selling less usual varieties.
Traditional pressing of perry pears.
Tours of the house (£6, concessions) at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Various talks – see special events in box on right.
Sales of apple juice, cider, perry, trees, pork, tools, etc.
Open 12 noon to 4.45pm.
Payment for entry into the Hellens site (£2 per adult, children under 16 free) covers all activities within the site, except where an additional charge is noted below for special events such as tours of the house or the cider tasting.
If coming by car, please have payment ready as we will have the payment point before the car parking area. Cash only please - we cannot take cheque or card payments.
You will be able to leave the Hellens site and re-enter later the same day on production of your entry tickets.
Much Marcle Memorial Hall (GR658330)
Coffee: 10am -12 noon; lunch (soup & rolls) to 1:30pm
Apple teas – delicious! 2.00 - 5.00pm
Produce stall from 10.30am
Gregg's Pit (GR662323) (HR8 2NL)
Open day – small scale artisan perry/cider-making in a traditional orchard. Ploughman's lunches by Truffles Delicatessen.
Open 10.30am - 6pm
Awnells Farm (GR658319) (HR8 2NW)
through the orchards. Meet the traditional Hereford cattle.
Craft activities for accompanied children, 2pm - 4pm.
Open 11am - 5pm
Westons Cider (GR648331) (HR8 2NQ)
Guided tours (£7.50/£4.00) 11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm
Botanical Artist in Residence, Helen Campbell - /www.helencampbellart.co.uk
Self-guided orchard walk.
Orchard tours by tractor and trailer (£3.50/£2.50).
Open 10am - 5pm
Avenue Cottage (GR649321) ( HR8 2NU)
Cottage perrymaking, an abundance of traditional fruit and nut trees, new and old, and an edible hedge. Watch the family pressing throughout the weekend.
New this year: traditional fruit pastilles.
Open 10am - 5pm
Lyne Down Cider (GR646312) (HR8 2NT)
Open day – demonstrations of traditional cidermaking;
Open 10am - 5pm
St Bartholomew's Church (GR657327)
Harvest church open, produce sale, tours of the bell tower
(children must be accompanied by an adult).
See the newly restored Kempe West window.
Open 11am - 5pm
Marcle Ridge Country
Another good reason to come to the Big Apple is simply to enjoy this wonderful stretch of countryside. Hopyards, pasture and soft fruit fields mix with the orchards and woodland 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, to the west, is within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Much Marcle lies on the A449 Ledbury to Ross on Wye road.
We are just 15 minutes from the M50 motorway, 2.5 hours from London and 1.25 hours from South Wales and the West Midlands.
There is car parking at Hellens and Westons. There is some parking at other venues but may be more limited in capacity. Please do not park in areas designated as "No Parking". Most of the Much Marcle venues are within a 15 to 20 minute walk of each other so why not park at one location and enjoy the walk to the other events?
This is a popular way of getting around the venues and avoids the hassles of car parking.
On the Sunday we also have the annual Big Apple Bike Ride - join a group on a leisurely ride along quiet country lanes from Ledbury to Much Marcle.
Ploughmans lunches and other refreshments are available in Gregg's Pitt orchard, BYO picnic, or book a pub lunch at one of the local pubs (see above).
Meet at Ledbury Market House, 10.00am for a 10.30 start. More details from Bella Johnson, 01531 635432.
See also comecyclingledbury.com
If you wish to come by public transport, Transport Direct can work out a route for you - just enter your details in the form below and click on 'Go'. Ledbury has a railway station served by London Midland and First Great Western with direct trains from Birmingham via Worcester, Hereford and London (via the attractive 'Cotswold Line' from Paddington).
Postcodes are provided for the main locations but please be aware that rural postcode areas can be quite large and you could be taken to a point some distance from the actual event - eg HR8 2LY is the postcode for a large area of Much Marcle - look out for the signs on the roadside when you near your destination.
Look on the Accommodation page for details of accommodation websites and local camping and caravan sites.