Blossomtime – A Springtime Celebration

Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May 2024

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.

The event takes place over two days Putley and Aylton where visitors spend time under the apple trees.  In Putley Parish Hall there will be an array of traditional ciders and perries from Herefordshire and surrounding counties, together with some of the makers.  “I think I’ve died and gone to Heaven” said one visitor last year!

There will also be opportunities to follow guided walks through the orchards of the area and much more.

Details to follow later in the year.  In the meantime, the activities for Blossomtime 2023 are detailed below so you can get a feel for what happens at this event.

Apple orchard in full blossom

Blossomtime 2023

Here are the activities for Blossomtime in 2023 so you can get an idea of what to expect in Blossomtime 2024.

Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May

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.  Several hundred people attended over the two days of the event, despite the rather indifferent UK Spring weather!  This page describes the events and activities of the weekend.

The events took place over two days around Putley Parish Hall, where visitors found an array of traditional ciders and perries from Herefordshire and surrounding counties, together with some of the makers, and, on Sunday only, at Court Farm Aylton, where you could spend time in the cruck barn and amongst the apple trees.

Blossomtime is not just for cider enthusiasts.  Enjoy a walk through the orchards around Putley and Aylton, with or without a guide, then refresh yourselves with excellent homemade food.  Plan your day to include one or two of our special events, including some at alternative nearby locations.

Putley Hall in full swing

Grand Cider Tasting And Teas

Putley Parish Hall, HR8 2QN

Sunday 30th April: 2pm to 6pm
Monday 1st May: 12noon to 5pm

Cider, perry and apple juice tasting

£2.50 on the door to sample

Putley Parish Hall in full swing

Apple juice sales from:

Jus single variety juices

Leaflets available for self-guided orchard walk

Special Events

Sunday 30th April

No Events

Monday 1st May

No Events

Round and about over the weekend

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

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

Woolhope

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) ///coverage.negotiators.homes.

Payments

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).

Locations

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

Dogs

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.

Map

The map below show the key locations for the weekend. Note the footpath (in red) from Putley Parish Hall to Aylton.

Putley Map
Putley Map