For an afternoon, a day or a full weekend – the Big Apple is a special opportunity to enjoy the countryside in the Herefordshire parishes on the Marcle Ridge. The local orchards are famous for their cider fruit and their excellent eating apples.
Update on 2020
The Government recently announced that the 2020 Mayday Bank Holiday is being moved from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May. As a result the 2020 Cider and Perry Trials and Blossomtime will not now be over the expected weekend of Sat 2nd to Monday 4th May.
The Cider and Perry Trials will now take place on Saturday 9th May and the usual Blossomtime programme will now all happen on Sunday 10th May. We will extend the opening times on Sunday 10th to try and make up for some of the loss of the Monday. We are not planning to have any events on Friday 8th as there will no doubt be many VE Day celebrations taking place.
This will be on Saturday October 12th and Sunday October 13th, centred on the village of Much Marcle. Come and experience the apple and pear harvest, juicing, cider and perry making and much more in a number of venues. More details to come during the summer and we hope to publish the full programme in August.
Our annual Blossomtime celebration took place as usual over the May Day bank holiday weekend of Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May 2019.
These took place on Saturday 4th May 2019 at Putley Parish Hall.
Visit the Cider and Perry Trials page for a list of winners
Marcle Ridge Country
Another good reason to come to the Big Apple is simply to enjoy this wonderful stretch of countryside. Woodlands, soft fruit fields, hopyards and grazing pastures mix with the orchards to create a lovely farming patchwork. The slopes of the Marcle Ridge offer splendid views across to the Malvern Hills to the east, while Woolhope in the west lies within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
There is no better way to explore our deeply rural county than through its food and drink and apples and cider are at its heart. Herefordshire has more orchards than any other county and is the source of over half the UK’s cider production. For us the Marcle Ridge and the Big Apple are what Herefordshire is all about. Over the last 25 years, the number of craft food and drink producers of all kinds has truly blossomed in our local communities, providing a special experience for our visitors that is integral to the enjoyment of our rural heritage and landscape.
If you want to stay for a day or two our accommodation page has a range of suggestions.