Blossomtime in Putley – A Springtime Celebration
Sorry but you’ve missed this for 2016 but come back for Blossomtime 2017 on 30th April and 1st May!
For an afternoon, a day or a full weekend – the Big Apple is a special opportunity to enjoy the spring countryside in the Herefordshire parishes on the Marcle Ridge. The local orchards are famous for their cider fruit and excellent eating apples and trees should be in full blossom over the weekend.
Grand Cider Tasting and Teas
Putley Village Hall, HR8 2QN
Sunday 1st May: 2.00pm to 6.00pm and Monday 2nd May: 12noon to 5.00pm
Cider, perry and apple juice tasting
£1.50 for 5 tasting tokens on the door.
Leaflets available for self-guided orchard walks
- Paul Hand of ‘Bees and Trees’ with fruity activities;
- Tools for Self Reliance Cymru with re-conditioned garden and green woodwork tools;
- Sarah Blenkinsop, Moors Wood Forest School with seed sowing, plant sales and advice on compost and keeping chickens;
- Pork and Two Veg (Sunday) with tastings of locally reared pork sausages.
Sales in Putley Village Hall
The following organisations were selling their products in the hall on both days.
9.30am A walk above Putley 7 miles, steep in places. No dogs please. Through the orchards of Putley, to take in The Wonder, site of a landslip in 1575, and the Silurian fossil record of the Woolhope Dome. Return via Aylton where lunch available (separate charge). Donations welcome. Meet Putley Village Hall.
9.30am Family service. For the rest of the weekend, Putley Church will be open for visitors to enjoy the peace and stillness and to add to a miniature garden by planting a seed. Local jam, known as Gleanings and made with fruit that might otherwise have gone to waste, is available to purchase. At Putley Church
11am Bluebells and blackcurrants. Round off this 1-hr guided walk around the blackcurrant fields and bluebell woods of Pixley Court, with a tasting of Pixley Berries own fruit cordials. Dogs welcome at owners responsibility. Meet Pixley Court
From 12.30pm Cheese ploughman’s lunch in restored Grade II* cruck barn. £5 (£3 for hot dog). 12.30–2.30pm Flower Festival in the Church next door and Blossomtime crafts for children with Ruby Florence Designs (donation). Proceeds to Aylton Church and Salters Hill. At Court Farm, Aylton
From 2pm Apple teas will be served by Tarrington Brownies. At Putley Village Hall
From 3pm Fiddlers Two – musical interludes drawing on the folk traditions of the British Isles and further afield. At Putley Village Hall
6.30pm Lighting the Golden Fire A talk by Rich Matthews from Rural Media about the Golden Fire app – a digital guide to Herefordshire cider production since 1945. Golden Fire is a newly digitised archive and exhibition of photography, oral histories and online content – all pulled together in an exciting new app that will guide visitors and locals around the county’s cider producers, festivals and growers, telling the story of the people, past and present, who make and ferment the “golden fire”. Cider bar. Entry free. At Putley Village Hall
From 9.30am Putley Church is open all weekend for visitors to enjoy the peace and stillness and to add to a miniature garden by planting a seed. Local jam, known as Gleanings and made with fruit that might otherwise have gone to waste, is available to purchase. At Putley Church.
10.00am Natural history of orchards – guided walk to discover local wildlife with Herefordshire Ornithological Club. No dogs please. 1½ hours. Meet Putley Village Hall
11.00am Poetry and Cider: a guided walk around Dragon Orchard with tastings of cider and apple juice along with poetry inspired by the orchard seasons on route. 1 hour. At Dragon Orchard
From 12 noon Delicious lunches, proceeds to Village Hall. At Putley Village Hall
1.30 pm Guided walk through the orchards and fields of Putley. £1.50 (children free). 1¼ hours. Meet Putley Village Hall
From 2pm Apple teas will be served by Putley WI At Putley Village Hall
3pm Leominster Morris will dance at Putley Village Hall At Putley Village Hall
Putley Village Hall HR8 2QN, GR651375
Putley Church GR646376
Pixley Court HR8 2QA, GR661388
Court Farm, Aylton HR8 2RQ, GR658376
Dragon Orchard, Putley HR8 2RG, GR652381
Round and About
Trumpet Corner (HR8 2RA) Tea room offering freshly baked cakes, light lunches and afternoon teas alongside a vibrant art studio showcasing the work of local artists and artisans (01531 670082).
10am – 4pm
The Nest, Little Verzons (HR8 2PZ) Casual café, local produce shop, picnic boxes for the orchard (01531 670816). – plus Newent Plant Centre (01531 670121). 10.30am – 4pm
Westons Cider, Much Marcle (HR8 2NQ) Open all weekend. Guided mill tours (charge applies) at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm. Cider sales, Tea room, Children’s Play Area. 10am – 4pm
Nearby pubs: Trumpet Inn, Trumpet Crossroads A438-A417-A4172