Where: Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XZ
£: Admission on the gate costs £9 for adults, £8 for concessions, £5 for children and £23 for a family (2 adults & children aged 3 – 15). Discount tickets are available online until 13th October 2017.
What is it?
Autumn is the time for apples, and to celebrate Brogdale will be hosting the National Apple Festival on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October. The weekend promises to be packed with apple-tastic fun, including tours, talks, activities and apple-themed challenges.
Celebrate over 2200 different apple varieties in the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale with an educational apple display, and discover the oldest apple varieties, some dating back to 450AD. Learn about apples from all over the world with apples by region and country, as well as the different types of apple, from cider apples to cooking and dessert apples.
Explore the National Fruit collection by taking a fascinating guided tractor-trailer or walking tour of the fruit filled orchards. See the orchards from a fresh perspective as one of the expert guides explains all about the history and wonder of the collection. And if that doesn’t take your fancy then why not relax and enjoy a ride on the Faversham Miniature Railway?
Don’t forget to bring along your apple samples from home and meet fruit experts Joan Morgan and Jim Arbury, who will help you identify your mystery apple tree.
Meet the scientists working with the National Fruit Collection, and if you want to learn more, make sure you catch one of the free rural talks or cooking demonstrations. There’ll also be a chance to learn about cider making, brewing beer and sausage making.
Bring out your competitive side and get stuck into some festival games such as the longest apple peel competition and the apple eating challenge. You can also take aim with have-a-go archery or bring out you inner Viking with a spot of axe wielding.
For the little ones there’ll be face painting, a bouncy assault course and craft activities. Make a willow wand, follow the fairy trail and carve a spooky shrunken apple head just in time for Halloween. Say hello to Carlos the fluffy goat and his friends in the animal corner. Be brave and meet the snakes and reptiles, or watch the falconry display.
In addition, there will be live music playing all weekend with local bands, and a pop up apple tearoom where you can enjoy a slice of homemade apple pie, made using Brogdale’s own apples.