National Apple Festival is back and bigger than ever for 2019, as we celebrate the 2,200 varieties of apple in the National Fruit Collection. We’ve got so much lined up to enjoy! Expert talks will include bean to bar chocolate making, beekeeping, willow weaving, pruning, choosing rootstocks and sausage making.
Enjoy a breathtaking display of apple varieties from all over the world. Take a guided walking or tractor tour of the beautiful autumnal apple filled orchards. Bring your apples and use our apple juicing service – just bring a container and our volunteers will help you make juice.
Join the Bumblebee Conservation Trust for a bee walk at the festival, then treat yourself to a jar of honey from the Brogdale hives to take home!
Plus, meet the Scientists from Reading University who are conducting climate change trials in the orchards.
Kids will have plenty of fun, with cookery over an open fire, a falconry display, vintage tractors, axe throwing and archery, vintage tractors, face painting, longest apple peel competition, apple on a string, crafts and apple trail.
Discover delicious new apple flavours with ‘try before you buy’ rare and heritage apple varieties – fill a bag with your favourites to take home! You can also have any apple variety from the Collection grafted by our nursery Grow.
We’re just an hour outside of London – so hop on the train to celebrate harvest in the orchards of the Garden of England.