This event has now been cancelled.
As you are probably aware, we had hoped to be able to run a limited version of our annual Harvestime celebration over the weekend of 10th and 11th October. A lot of effort was put into devising a programme that would meet the Covid-19 restrictions in place around the beginning of September. Unfortunately with the rising case numbers and ever-tightening restrictions we felt it would be unsafe to go ahead as it could bring many people from outside the area where there were higher rates of infection.
We would like to thank the large number of people in our participating venues, The Big Apple Association and Herefordshire Council for the tremendous amount of work and thought they put into trying to make this event happen.
Information from the apple growers and cider, perry and juice makers who had been looking forward to welcoming visitors to Big Apple’s Harvestime event in Much Marcle can be found further down this page.
Video tour of Dragon Orchard
We were hoping to be able to operate small guided tours of some of our local orchards in the Harvestime event – sadly that proved not to be possible. However, we have produced a video tour of Dragon Orchard in Putley accompanied by its owner, Norman Stanier. We hope you enjoy this alternative.
Making Cider at Woodredding Farm
We also filmed the cider making process at Woodredding Farm which normally takes place during the Big Apple weekend. Brian and Fran, assisted by two novice makers were pressing Yarlington Mill and Michelin apples in their press. The filming was all outside so it was impossible to completely eliminate the noise from the nearby A449.
Information from the apple growers and cider, perry and juice makers who had hoped to be taking part in the Harvestime event.
Putley, Herefordshire. Operating an ‘Order and Collect’ service.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gregg’s Pit Cider and Perry
Open to visitors ‘by appointment’ (please text, phone or email email@example.com in advance) from 1030-1800 on Thursdays through to Mondays inclusive, subject to social distancing regulations. Craft cider and perry making in a traditional orchard. Meet the makers, their standard trees and vintage fruit, watch the pressing, taste and buy sparkling/draught cider and perry. Local customers can ‘phone and collect’ orders and free delivery is offered within a 10 mile radius of Ledbury on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Phone: 07473-900840 or 01531-660687
Hellens Manor apple and pear juice
The gardens and grounds are open from 10am-6pm, every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Last day of opening will be Sunday 14th October.
Tearoom open 11am-5pm. Hellens Manor apple and pear juice for sale. The house is open for tours (advance booking essential at https://hellensmanor.com/house-tours/).
Jus Apple Juice
Range of single variety Herefordshire apple juices available (750ml and 250ml bottles). Also providing a mail order service. Please email or ring for details.
Phone: 01531 670749
Lyne Down Organics
Lyne Down Organics cider and perry is available through our online shop, https://www.lynedownorganics.co.uk/shop and from the following online stockists:
Available online through Angus Macdonald of Malvern Cellar, who delivers within 7 miles of Malvern.
Phone: 07970 123 808
Westons Cider is welcoming visitors daily to their Visitor Centre, including shop, Cider Mill tours and Scrumpy House Restaurant. Shop opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5pm. See https://www.westons-cider.co.uk/experience/ for further details. Local Westons Wildlife Walk available to download at https://www.westons-cider.co.uk/experience/local-walks/.
Westons Cider can also be purchased through their online shop at
Please contact by telephone or email and we’ll make sure to be there for you to buy cider and perry in bottles and Bag in Boxes. (See also the video at the top of this page.)
Phone: 01531 660257
All details correct at 29th September 2020.
We are still hopeful that we can run a Blossomtime celebration over the weekend of May 2nd and 3rd 2021.