Blossomtime – A Spring Celebration

Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May 2024

This was a special springtime opportunity to enjoy the lovely countryside and orchards of the Marcle Ridge in Herefordshire, where local orchards are famous both for their cider fruit and their dessert and culinary fruit.  This is normally the peak of the blossom season so the trees can look spectacular.

This year Blossomtime expanded to three venues:

Putley Parish Hall (car parking, tickets, information, guided walks, refreshment and Sunday evening entertainment),

Court Farm Barn (crafts, talks and a variety of rural activities) and

Dragon Orchard (cider and perry tasting, sales and daytime entertainment).

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Blossomtime Venues

First head for Putley Parish Hall where there is car parking.  Putley Parish Hall is the Information Hub where you can buy entrance tickets (£5 for adults, children under 16 free, valid for all three venues and activities for the day), pick up leaflets and start walks.  The Hall is also the centre for refreshments.

Car parking

We have the use of a large field for car parking behind Putley Parish Hall.  If you come by car please park here as car parking is not available at Dragon Orchard or Court Farm Barn, except for Blue Badge holders where there will be a few spaces.  Important note for car drivers:  the tractor and trailer service will be operating in an anti-clockwise direction between venues so we advise you also follow the same direction when arriving or leaving to avoid meeting it head-on in the narrow lanes – see map and follow signing on the day.


These can be purchased at the hall from 10.45am on both days.  The tickets cost £5 for adults, accompanied children under 16 are free.  The ticket gives you access to all three venues for the day and includes all walks, cider and perry tasting at Dragon Orchard and talks and other activities at Court Farm Barn.  Cash is preferred as internet reception for our card machine can be erratic.

Getting between venues

All venues are within easy walking distance of each other (allow 15 minutes) but there is also a limited free tractor and passenger trailer service running between all three venues from 11am to 5pm – see map.

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Putley Parish Hall

Putley Parish Hall
The Information Hub, CAR PARKING, entrance tickets (£5 for adults, children under 16 free), Refreshments and toilets. Walks also start here.
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Court Farm Barn

Inside Court Farm Barn
Centre for arts, crafts, demonstrations, workshops and talks. Themes of regeneration, re-use, natural materials and nature.
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Dragon Orchard

Selling cider at Blossomtime
The popular Big Apple cider and perry tastings plus cider and perry makers’ stalls. Musical entertainment and orchard walks (with poetry!)
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Table of events happening at Blossomtime

For more details please visit the relevant venue pages.

Events on Monday 6th May

Time Event Venue Details
10:00am Guided walk 3 Putley Parish Hall Nigel's Pride - about 1h 30min
11:00am Guided walk 1 Putley Parish Hall Norman's Gap about 1h 30m
11:30am Pruning demonstration Dragon Orchard David Pealing shows how to prune and restore apple trees.
11:45am Talk/demo by Rozanne Delamore Court Farm Barn Making a Wedding Button Hole using Local Flowers
12:30pm Music by Fantellada Dragon Orchard Acoustic string trio playing their own arrangements of folk tunes.
12:45pm Talk by Elisha Mason Court Farm Barn A spirit of innovation: the early history of Bulmers
1:30pm Pruning demonstration Dragon Orchard David Pealing shows how to prune and restore apple trees.
1:30pm Ross Folk Choir Dragon Orchard Expect well-known and lesser-known traditional songs as well as more contemporary ones.
1:45pm Talk by Megan Finn Court Farm Barn Severn Treescapes and Orchards
2:30pm Guided Walk 2 Putley Parish Hall Dorothy's Delight - about 1h 30min.
2:30pm Morris dancers Dragon Orchard Leominster Morris and Pinsley Mill
2:45pm Talk by Ian Jones Court Farm Barn Court Farm Barn - restoration story
3:30pm Music – Ciderkin Dragon Orchard Traditional folk session. A band of 10-12 musicians play a range of tunes
4:00pm Morris dancers Putley Parish Hall Leominster Morris and Pinsley Mill

Round and about over the weekend

Yew Tree FarmYew Tree Farm (HR8 2RQ) located on the road between Court Farm Barn and Dragon Orchard. Stop off and enjoy their perry under the actual trees that produced the pears that made the perry and perry pear wine. ///brush.unimpeded.armrest

Trumpet Corner (HR8 2RA) Tea room offering light lunches and afternoons teas alongside gallery showcasing work of guest artists (01531 670082). 10am – 4pm  ///

The Nest, Little Verzons (HR8 2PZ) Relaxed family friendly café, local deli and much more (01531 670816) – plus next door Newent Plant Centre (01531 670121). 9am – 5pm (10am – 4pm Sun).  ///earpiece.celebrate.waters

Westons Cider Mill, Much Marcle (HR8 2NQ). Guided mill tours (charge applies) at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm. Cider Shop, Tea room, Children’s Play Area. 9am – 5pm (10am-5pm Sun)  ///carver.kiosk.tummy

Nearby pubs

Trumpet Crossroads

Trumpet Inn  ///porch.aimed.unhappily. 12noon to 4pm Sunday and Monday


Butchers Arms (daytime only Sun) ///employers.scooped.october
Crown Inn ///edits.kind.carbonate

Much Marcle

Royal Oak  ///baker.debut.lifters,
Walwyn Arms  ///tweed.majoring.sliders,
Scrumpy House Restaurant    ///carver.kiosk.tummy,
Slip Tavern (daytime only Sun) ///


While card readers have become much more common, we are still unable to take card payments at some locations. Cash is always acceptable. The nearest 24 hour ATMs are in Ledbury (Tesco and the Co-op).


For each location there is a What3Words link (prefixed ///).  Click on this to show you the entrance to the location from the public road.


Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome in most places.  Sometimes a walk may be designated as a wildlife walk, in which case no dogs please as these disturb the wildlife.  Also, no dogs (except assistance dogs) will be allowed in Putley Parish Hall.