Much Marcle, HR8 2LY (Grid ref 661333)
11am to 5pm
Entry to the Hellens site is £2.00 (children free).
A Feast of Apples – displays of apples, cider fruit and perry pears; tastings of dessert and culinary fruit;
Apple identification by Marcher Apple Network (on the day where possible; extra charge if retained for investigation). Please bring a couple of samples, ideally with a stem and still attached to a small piece of branch with a leaf or two as these all aid accurate identification.
Apple market selling less usual varieties.
Sales of apple juice, pork baps, apple trees (Saturday);
Tools for Self Reliance Cwmru.
Traditional pressing of perry pears.
Tours of the house (£9, concessions) at 1, 2 and 3pm.
Saturday 8th October
From 11am to 5pm. A Trio of Perry Pears. Sculptor Max Nowell will be working on the last of three stone perry pears, ultimately destined for the Yew Tree Inn at Peterstow.
2pm. Bees and Blossom. Beekeeper and photographer Gregory Fisk will talk about honeybees and their contribution to the environment – with some tips on photographing bees. Haywain Barn
3pm. Leominster Morris
3.30pm. What’s my name? Armed with the list of varieties, but in the absence of a planting plan, Marcher Apple Network specialist Mike Porter will talk through the process of identifying some of the apple trees planted outside the Great Barn at Hellens. In the Haywain Barn.
5pm. Little Owls and Herefordshire Orchards. Helen McSweeney-Atkins and Jemima Parry-Jones from the International Centre for Birds of Prey at Newent will talk about their project to encourage members of the declining Little Owl population to take up residence in Herefordshire orchards. In the Haywain Barn,
Sunday 9th October
2pm. Bees and Beekeeping Through the Year. Talk by Colin Pavey, Bee Inspector and President of Herefordshire Beekeepers’ Association. In the Haywain Barn.
This venue has the largest car park for The Big Apple, toilets, including adapted toilet.