Welcome to The Big Apple

You’ve missed joining us in celebrating English apples and cider in the 30th year of The Big Apple!

Quick Report

Thank you to all those who braved the winds of Saturday and rains of Sunday to visit the eight Big Apple venues this year.  Numbers were significantly down on previous years but we hope that those of you who did make it to Much Marcle enjoyed your visit in spite of what storm Callum inflicted on us.

Some pictures from the weekend.


Share our Tradition of Apple growing and Cider making

Cider Pressing at Big Apple

In this unique event, we will be opening our farms and orchards, cider mills and barns for you to visit. Eight special venues in all, each one of them different but all with one thing in common – apples!

Pick and Mix

Your programme is entirely flexible – you can choose where and when to go. You can simply come for a walk or to buy some apples. But you can also visit several different events and venues. The map will help you to plan your visit.

Scroll down for details of special events that are happening at the various venues over the weekend.

Payments

Please be aware that many of the venues do not have the facility to take card payments so we advise you to bring plenty of cash with you.  The nearest cash dispensers are in Ledbury, including Tesco and The Coop.

Come and Explore

Cars of any age welcome!Of course you can use your car to get around. But many of our venues are in walking distance of each other, and cycling is also a great way to get about. Distances are indicated on the map.

Westons' Tractor and trailer

A tractor and trailer service, kindly provided by Westons Cider, will be running all weekend to carry visitors between six of our venues.

See map for route and stops.  Unfortunately because of varying demand and traffic conditions we don’t produce a timetable but the round-trip takes around 40-50 minutes.  Keep an eye or ear open for it. The service is free but donations will be welcome.

Download a copy of a programme you can print or you can 


Big Apple Harvestime Location Map
Location Map

The Harvestime Venues

These eight Much Marcle venues form the core of our Harvestime event. Visit the individual venue pages for details of what is happening at each one.

1. Lyne Down Organics  (GR SO646312) (HR8 2NT)

2. Avenue Cottage  (GR SO649321) (HR8 2NU)

3. Westons Cider  (GR SO649331)(HR8 2NQ)

4. Memorial Hall  (GR SO658330)

5. St Bartholomew’s Church  (GR SO657327)

6. Hellens  (GR SO661332)

7. Awnells Farm  (GR SO658319) (HR8 2NW).

8. Gregg’s Pit  (GR SO662323) (HR8 2NL)

Grid references are accurate to 100m. Postcodes are provided where navigation apps will take you near to the venue – typically within 200m. We have omitted postcodes where they do not take you close to the venue or provide misleading directions.  Please use our map for precise locations.

Other apple & cider related venues

Much Marcle Village Shop HR8 2LX

Sat 7.30am to 6pm, Sun 8.45am to 12.30pm.

Pork and Two Veg Farm Shop, Woolhope HR1 4QL

Sat 10am to 5pm..

The Nest, Little Verzons, Munsley HR8 2PZ

Sat 9am to 5.30pm, Sun 10am to 4pm.

Lunches and Suppers

Our local pubs and restaurants often serve dishes using apple and cider recipes. Booking advisable .

In Much Marcle

Royal Oak 01531 660300
Scrumpy House (closed Sun evening) 01531 660626
Walwyn Arms 01531 660601
Slip Tavern, Watery Lane. 01531 660246

In Woolhope

Butchers Arms (not Sunday evening) 01432 860281
Crown Inn
 01432 860468

Near Trumpet Crossroads

Trumpet Inn 01531 670277
Trumpet Corner (daytime only) 01531 670082
The Nest, A438 towards Ledbury (daytime only) 01531 670816

Special events

Saturday 13th October

From 10.30am Leominster Morris at Westons (10.30am), Hellens (11.30am), Gregg’s Pit (12.30pm), Lyne Down Organics (2pm)

11am to 5pm Annual Honey Show Herefordshire Beekeepers’ Association. Haywain Barn, Hellens* (Venue 6) 

12 noon and 2.30pm Our edible hedges. Guided tours of fruit and nut groves and edible hedges which re-establish our field pattern. Avenue Cottage (Venue 2)

2.30pm Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project.

Three Counties Traditional Orchard projectKaren Humphries reflects on the achievements of this Heritage Lottery Fund project to restore and celebrate traditional orchards in the Three Counties. Stowford Press Meeting Room, Westons Cider (Venue 3)

3.30pm High altitude cider tasting

The CiderologistPop-up tutored tasting with a view, with Ciderologist Gabe Cook. Avenue Cottage (Venue 2)

4pm A Fruit Farming Year – Nature and Nurture.

Ledbury Food GroupInsights from Castle Fruit Farm into their sustainable approach to managing a busy commercial fruit farm.  Based on a series of photographs tracing activity in the orchards throughout 2017, taken by Pat Strauss in association with Ledbury Food Group. Stowford Press Meeting Room, Westons Cider (Venue 3) 

5pm Vertical tasting 

The CiderologistA very special and rare opportunity to join the maker and the Ciderologist in tasting three vintages of a Gregg’s Pit in-bottle fermented ‘champagne’ perry.  15 tickets on sale at bar from 11am, 1st come, 1st served. £6.00. Gregg’s Pit (Venue 8)

*Admission charge to Hellens site applies


Sunday 14th October

10 for 10.30am Big Apple Bike Ride.  Market House, Ledbury at 10am, leave 10.30.  Follow quiet country lanes, visiting cider producers and orchards.  BYO picnic or enjoy Big Apple catering.  Explore Big Apple, returning pm to Ledbury.  Accompanied children welcome. Information 01531 635432.

10 for 10.30am Friends of the Dymock Poets.  Walk with poetry, prose and conversation as we explore the village and orchards, including historic Awnells Farm and Gregg’s Pit (cider and refreshments available).  I0am Introduction to the Dymock Poets over coffee, setting off on walk at 10.30am. Return tractor ride available from Awnells. Pay on day for refreshments. Accompanied children and poems welcome. Donations invited. Meet Orchard Tea Room, Westons Cider (Venue 3) 

From 11am ‘Uke Can’t Be Serious’ will pop up with their ukuleles at Awnells (11am), Gregg’s Pit (12.30pm), Lyne Down Organics (2pm) and Hellens (4pm)

11am High altitude cider tasting

The CiderologistPop-up tutored tasting with a view, with Ciderologist Gabe Cook. Lyne Down Organics (Venue 1) 

12 noon Local food and farming in the Second World War – a talk by local author and retired international economist, Jean Ila Currie, based on research for her newly released book ‘Three Centuries of East Herefordshire Farms and Families’. Haywain Barn, Hellens* (Venue 6)

12 noon and 2.30pm Our edible hedges. Guided tours of fruit and nut groves and edible hedges which re-establish our field pattern. Avenue Cottage (Venue 2)

3pm Ciderology 

Internationally renowned cider expert Gabe Cook presents his new book containing “anything and everything you have ever needed to know about cider.”  Gabe will share his passion for all things cider (and perry!) which began right here on his “home turf”.  Haywain Barn, Hellens* (Venue 6).

4.30pm Perry Pears: Walk, Talk & Taste Guided walk with James Marsden to learn about specific vintage fruit varieties and taste the finished products made from those varieties in 2017. Gregg’s Pit (Venue 8).

*Admission charge to Hellens site applies


golden-fire

Golden Fire

Look out for your Big Apple favourites in this app which pulls together the rich history of cider production in Herefordshire since 1945 with films, archive footage, photography, oral histories and an up-to-date guide to all the ciders being made in the county today.

Search in the Apple and Android app stores for “Golden Fire” to download this free app.

Created by The Rural Media Company with funding from The National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund.

National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund