The nights are starting to draw in and the harvest is well under way so that can only mean one thing – it’s not long until the Big Apple Harvestime celebration over the weekend of October 13th and 14th in and around Much Marcle.
For an afternoon, a day or a full weekend – the Big Apple is a special opportunity to enjoy the Autumn countryside in the Herefordshire parishes on the Marcle Ridge. The local orchards are famous for their cider fruit and their excellent eating apples. In our thirtieth year, the award-winning communities of these tiny parishes have put together a collection of small rural events based in and around Much Marcle, to enable you to share with us in our tradition of apple growing and cidermaking.
The Harvestime 2018 programme is now available on the Harvestime 2018 page.
Our annual Blossomtime celebration took place as usual over the May Day bank holiday weekend of Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May 2018. Weather was brilliant!
If you missed it make a note of next year’s date: Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May 2019.
These took place on Saturday 5th May 2018 at Putley Parish Hall.
Details and results on The Cider and Perry Trials page
Details of the 2019 Cider and Perry Trials will be announced early in the New Year.
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.