This was Blossomtime 2018 – superb weather – the first weekend of a hot summer!
Why not put the next Blossomtime in your diary – Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May 2019. We’ve already put in an order for good weather!
Blossomtime 2018 in Putley – A Springtime Celebration
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 the trees should be in full blossom over the weekend.
CASH: most of our locations are NOT geared up for card payments, contact-less or otherwise. Please expect to pay cash everywhere – the nearest cash dispensers are in Ledbury.
Grand Cider Tasting and Teas
Putley Village Hall, HR8 2QN
Sunday 6th May: 2pm to 6pm
Monday 7th May: 12noon to 5pm
Cider, perry and apple juice tasting
Sample many of the ciders and perries entered into the 2018 Big Apple Cider and Perry Trials (not open to the public), held on 5th May.
£2 for 6 tokens on the door
Leaflets available for self-guided orchard walks
Cider and Perry Sales from
Some pictures from Sunday
Also at Putley Village Hall
Jus Apple Juice with sales of single variety apple juice;
Anne Crane with her bee friendly plants and advice for making your garden a pollinator paradise;
Paul Hand of ‘Bees and Trees’ with fruity activities;
Pork and Two Veg (Sunday) with locally reared pork sausages.
Sunday 6th May
9.20am Rogation Walk on footpaths from Little Marcle Church to Putley Church for prayers. Continue to Aylton Church for a short Communion service scheduled for 11.45am. Please note that, following the service, lunches will be available at neighbouring Court Farm (see below). Approximately 4 miles in total. Car park at Little Marcle Church off Little Marcle Road – no parking on the main road. Lifts will be organised back to Little Marcle. Meet Little Marcle Church car park.
9.30am Guided walk through the orchards and fields of Putley. £1.50 (children free). 1¼ hours. Meet at Dragon Orchard
11am The impact of cider on rural poetry, the Archers and the world at large – James Crowden author, poet and cider enthusiast, and Graham Harvey, playwright, author and agricultural story editor for ‘The Archers‘, share their thoughts. £4 (children under 16 free). At Dragon Orchard
From 12.30pm Cheese ploughman’s lunch in restored Grade II* cruck barn. £5 (£3 for hot dog). 12.30–2.30pm Church open next door, florally decorated. Proceeds to St Michael’s Hospice/Aylton Church/Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. At Court Farm Aylton
From 2pm Apple teas will be served by Tarrington Brownies. At Putley Village Hall
2.30pm Guided walk through the orchards and fields of Putley. £1.50 (children free). 1¼ hours. Meet at Putley Village Hall
3pm Tutored tasting with The Ciderologist, Gabe Cook – Single Variety Ciders. Over 18s only. Limited numbers – book on day. £2. At Putley Village Hall
4pm Leominster Morris will dance at Putley Village Hall. At Putley Village Hall
5pm Tutored tasting with The Ciderologist, Gabe Cook – Cider for Wine Lovers. Over 18s only. Limited numbers – book on day. £2. At Putley Village Hall
Monday 7th May
9.30am Natural history of orchards – guided walk to discover local wildlife with Herefordshire Ornithological Club. No dogs please. 1½ hours. Meet at Putley Village Hall
10am Fitness walk – 2.5-3 miles (1 hr approx) on roads around Putley, including warm up and cool down stretches. No dogs. Apple juice on return to village hall! Meet at Putley Village Hall
10.30am Guided orchard walk including sampling Jus’s award winning single variety apple juices – taste each one right by the tree that it came from. £2.50 (children free). Proceeds to Little Marcle Church. 1 hour. At Birchley, Aylton (HR8 2QH, GR657366)
From 12 noon Delicious lunches, proceeds to Village Hall. At Putley Village Hall
1.30pm Guided walk through the orchards and fields of Putley. £1.50 (children free). 1¼ hours. Meet at Putley Village Hall
From 2pm Apple teas will be served by Putley WI. At Putley Village Hall
From 2pm Fiddlers Two – folk trio performing wide range of traditional fiddle tunes from around the world, from gentle airs and waltzes to rip-roaring foot-stompers. Jigs, Reels and Fiddle Surreals! At Putley Village Hall
3.30pm Tutored tasting with The Ciderologist, Gabe Cook – Single Variety Ciders. Over 18s only. Limited numbers – book on day. £2. At Putley Village Hall
Putley Village Hall HR8 2QN, GR651375
Court Farm, Aylton HR8 2RQ, GR658376
Dragon Orchard, Putley HR8 2RG, GR652381
Birchely, Aylton HR8 2QH, GR657366
Little Marcle Church HR8 2JZ, GR671365
Round and About
Trumpet Corner (HR8 2RA) Tea room offering light lunches alongside gallery showcasing work of guest artists (01531 670082). 10am – 4pm (not Sunday)
The Nest, Little Verzons (HR8 2PZ) Relaxed family friendly café, local grocery store, picnic boxes for the orchard (01531 670816) – plus next door Newent Plant Centre (01531 670121). 9am – 5pm (10am – 4pm Sun). Saturday only: pop up pub night with local beers and ciders, 6-10pm.
Westons Cider, Much Marcle (HR8 2NQ). 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
Rushall: The Rushall Club open on Sunday between 8-11pm – postcode HR8 2PE. Full size snooker table, pool table, darts, skittles alley and, most importantly, Doreen will be there to serve you!
Dogs are generally welcome in the countryside. However, as Putley Village Hall has sales tables selling drink and food, we ask that only Guide Dogs enter the hall. If taking a walk you should note that many of the fields have farm animals in them so please take the usual precautions. Our 9.30am Monday guided walk includes observing local wildlife so please do not bring dogs on this walk.
Our Accommodation page lists a number of options in the local area – hotels, B&Bs and campsites.
Page updated 27th August