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Blossomtime in Putley – A Springtime Celebration

For an afternoon, a day or a full weekend – the Big Apple 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 excellent eating apples.  This is the 25th anniversary of the occasion when our award winning communities in these parishes first put together a collection of small rural events to enable you to share with us in our tradition of apple growing and cider making.

Grand Cider Tasting and Teas

Putley Village Hall, HR8 2QN 

Sunday 4th May: 2pm to 6pm and Monday 5th May: 12noon to 5pm

Cider, perry and apple juice tasting

£1.50 for 6 tokens on the door

Apple teas will be served in the village hall

Leaflets available for self-guided orchard walks

 Also Paul Hand of  Bees and Trees with fruity activities; RSPB activities; Master Composter and Gardener, with advice on growing your own veg and compost making; Tastings of locally reared pork sausages.

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The cider and perry makers will have taken part in our annual Cider and Perry Trials, which takes place the same weekend.  Some will have sales tables selling cider, perry and apple juices and other homemade products.

Special Events

Sunday 4th

9.30am A walk above Putley 7 miles, steep in places.  No dogs please.  Return via Aylton where lunch available (separate charge). Donations welcome. Meet Putley Village Hall 

10.00am – 6.00pm Flower Festival in the newly restored Aylton Church.

11am Tour and sampling of Jus single variety apple juice.  See where our apples grow, are pressed and pasteurised, and taste our award winning apple juice.  £2.50 (children free) (proceeds to Little Marcle Church). 1 hour. At Birchley, Aylton (HR8 2QH, GR657366) 

12.30-2.30pm  A Child’s View: Blossomtime through the eyes of a child – True Colours Education with art and craft resources for children to express their seasonal discoveries. Orchard trails too. Court Farm Aylton.  More details at

From 12.30pm Cheese ploughman’s lunch in restored Grade II* cruck barn. £5 (£2 for hot dogs).  Proceeds to Aylton Church and Herefordshire Growing Point. At Court Farm Aylton 

Flower Festival in the newly restored Church next door.

From 3pm Fiddlers Two – musical interlude drawing on the folk traditions of the British Isles and further afield. At Putley Village Hall

Monday 5th

10.00am – 6.00pm Flower Festival in the newly restored Aylton Church.

10.30am Natural history of orchards – guided walk to discover local wildlife with Herefordshire Ornithological Club. No dogs please. Donations welcome. 1½ hours. Meet Putley Village Hall (NB Time updated – was originally listed at 10.00)

11.30 am Guided walk (Part 1) through the orchards and fields of Putley. £1.50 (children free). (Parts 1 and 2 are different walks which can be done separately or joined together with a break for lunch) 1¼ hours. Meet Putley Village Hall 

From 12 noon Delicious lunches, proceeds to Village Hall. At Putley Village Hall 

1.30 pm Guided walk (Part 2 – see Part 1) through the orchards and fields of Putley. £1.50 (children free). 1¼ hours. Meet Putley Village Hall

3pm Leominster Morris will dance at Putley Village Hall

4.30pm Cider with Rosie – Wye Theatre presents a rehearsed reading adapted from Laurie Lee’s book, based on his Cotswold childhood. 1 hour (approx). No seating so bring a low back chair, rug or cushion. The Big Hug, Dragon Orchard

Other attractions

As well as the the Big Apple events you can come simply to enjoy this wonderful stretch of countryside. Fields, orchards and woodland create a living farming patchwork. You can enjoy a walk through the orchards around Putley, with or without a guide, then refresh yourselves with excellent homemade food. The slopes of the Marcle Ridge offer splendid views across to the Malvern Hills to the East and to the West, Woolhope is within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We will have leaflets available for self-guided walks.


Dogs are generally welcome in the countryside. However, as Putley Village Hall has sales tables in we ask that only Guide Dogs enter the hall.  If you are taking a walk you should note that many of the fields have farm animals in them so please take the usual precautions.

How to Find Us

Putley lies 1 mile South of the A438 Ledbury to Hereford road and about half a mile west of the A4172 Trumpet to Preston Cross road.

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