May 2nd and 3rd 2004
Here is a special springtime opportunity to enjoy the lovely countryside and orchards of the Marcle Ridge area of Herefordshire, where local orchards are famous both for their cider fruit and their dessert and culinary fruit. The events are based around a grand cider tasting in Putley Village Hall, where you will find an array of traditional ciders and perries from Herefordshire and surrounding counties, together with some of the cidermakers for you to meet. Blossomtime is not just for cider enthusiasts, there are also apple juices to taste. You can enjoy a walk through the orchards around Putley, with or without a guide, then refresh yourselves with excellent homemade food.
GRAND CIDER TASTING AND TEAS Putley Village Hall
Sunday 2nd May 2pm to 6pm and Monday 3rd May 12noon to 5pm
Cider, perry and apple juice tasting £1.50 for 6 tokens on door. Cider tasting finishes half an hour before closing time.
Apple teas will be served in the hall.
Paul Hand of 'Bees and Trees' with fruity activities will be with us all weekend.
A breath of Japan comes to Aylton.
An introduction to haiku (short poems of Japanese origin) with readings and meditation lead by David Walker of The British Haiku Society.
In Aylton Church on Sunday at 3pm and Monday at 2pm.
Sunday May 2nd
1.00pm A guided walk through the orchards and fields of Putley and Aylton will leave Putley Village Hall. Charge £1 adult, children free.
3pm Visit to Dragon Orchard to see their environmentally friendly home and to learn about Cropsharers, a sustainable way to manage an orchard.
Monday May 3rd
10.30am A guided walk through the orchards and fields of Putley and Aylton will leave Putley Village Hall. Charge £1 adult, children free.
From 12noon Delicious lunches will be available at Putley Village Hall, proceeds in aid of the village hall.
Leominster Morris will dance starting from noon, first at Greg's Pit, then Lyne Down Cider, finally at 3pm at Putley Village Hall.
Local country pubs with apple menus.
The Trumpet at Trumpet crossroads, open from 8am serving breakfasts as well as other meals.
The Verzon on the A438 between Ledbury and Trumpet
Weston's Cider Makers, Much Marcle
Open all weekend, 10am to 4pm Self-guided tours, dray-rides... Visit the bottle museum and garden. Light snacks served. £3 per person
Lyne Down Cider, Much Marcle.
Open all weekend 10am to 6pm
Open on Saturday, Sunday , and Monday
From 9.30am Little Verzons Fruit Farm, coffee shop and plants. (A438 towards Ledbury)
In Ledbury Mrs Muffins Teashop, Church Lane. 10a.m. to 5p.m. Uses recipes from Big Apple book
If you want to know more about this programme, then please phone Mrs Jackie Denman on (01531) 670544.
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