When: 15th July 2018, 10am – 4pm
Where: Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XZ
£: Tickets cost £8 for adults, £7 for concessions, £4 for children, and £20 for a family. The car park is free
What is it?
Brogdale in Kent will be holding a Cherry Fair on Sunday 15th July, with family entertainment taking place throughout the day.
The Cherry Fair’s quirky highlights will include a Cherry Pie Eating Competition, and the Longest Cherry Pip Spit contest. The pie eating competition will involve trying to eat a cherry pie in the quickest possible time. The pip spit game will involve trying to spit out a cherry pip. The longest distance recorded will win. Will anyone beat the current Brogdale record of 53ft?
Cherry Pie Eating Competitions will be held for both adults and children. Competitors can sign up on the day and the adult contests will take place at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. The children’s pie eating will take place at 11.15am, 12.45pm, and 2.45pm. There will be no additional cost to take part in the games.
Brogdale is the home of the National Fruit Collection. It holds around 400 different varieties of cherries which range from black, red, pink, yellow, through to white.
Visitors can head to the cherry barn where they will be able to taste the different varieties and purchase some to take home. There will also be homemade cherry pies on offer.
The fair will also offer visitors the chance to take a walking or tractor-trailer guided tour of the orchards. The tours will take place throughout the day (until 3pm) and can be booked upon arrival at the fair. The tours will journey around the collection with a knowledgeable and friendly guide.
Children will be able to make cherry mocktails, go on a cherry fairy trail, and take part in crafts including making a giant cherry, friendship bracelets and cherry poms poms. There will also be a space hopper race, pig racing, miniature railway rides, magic shows, and a teddy bear parachute.
For the adults there will be a brewery talk and tour, laser clay pigeon shooting, live music, archery, cherry cider and Pimms, food stalls, cherry ice cream, and rural talks and demonstrations.
The talks and demonstrations will include bee keeping, pyrography, wildlife gardening, cooking demos and plant growing talks.
In addition to the fair, Brogdale has a garden centre and a marketplace of local shops.
Brogdale’s fruit collection contains a wide variety of apples, pears, plums, quince, nuts, currants, and medlars, in addition to cherries.
Brogdale will also be holding a Plum Day in August, a Pear Day in September, and an Apple Festival in October.
More info: brogdalecollections.org