Apple Festival

Date

Sat 23 & Sun 24 Sep 2017 

Time

11am-5pm

Location

Audley End House and Gardens 

Suitable For

Everyone

A smiling girl holding a basket of apples.

Celebrate all things apple at Audley End. From bobbing and weaving to trapping and tasting, apples have never been so appetising! Gobble down our Bramley treats in the tea room, see how the Victorians would have cooked a Nonsuch in the service wing, and enjoy pressing – and tasting! – Russets in the garden.

Become a bobbing champion before meeting the Victorian gardener to learn how to deal with harvest pests in the orchard, while falconers show how they dealt with them in the field.

Get crafty with apple themed activities. With over 150 varieties of apple in our organic kitchen garden, our expert garden team will be on-hand to share top tips, tours and pruning demos for green fingered fans.

All this and a local folk band playing traditional tunes throughout the weekend makes this festival the apple of everyone’s eye!

Event Timetable

Stable Yard
11am - A day in the life… Our Victorian Groom has a busy day ahead. Hear about his life at Audley End House as he sets to his morning jobs.
11.30am - Have a go at Grooming. Our horses need a thorough daily groom to stay in tip-top condition. Come and give us a hand brushing them
12pm - Hobbyhorse Apple Gymkhana. Join in the fun and games of our hobbyhorse gymkhana, with an apple twist! (Meet on the Marquee Lawn)
1pm- Autumnal Amble Autumn is the perfect time for a carriage ride in the grounds. Come to the stable yard to see how the horse is harnessed or catch sight of them in the parkland as they enjoy a quiet stroll.
3pm - Apple Delivery! Taking apples to the kitchen - There is work to be done by the groom and horse, come and give some moral support.
4pm - Hobbyhorse Apple GymkhanaJoin in the fun and games of our hobbyhorse gymkhana, it'll be appletastic! (Meet on the Marquee Lawn)

Walled Kitchen Garden
11am - Join Blast from the Past for traditional English folk songs and ballads as well as lively jigs and reels!
12pm - Fruit Pruning Workshop. Join skilled members of our Gardens team and learn some of the methods and techniques they use at Audley End Kitchen Garden to prune and maintain the trained fruit trees in the Summer. Meet at the board near the marquee.
12.30pm - Join Blast from the Past for traditional English folk songs and ballads as well as lively jigs and reels!
1pm - Organic Kitchen Garden Tour. Members of our Kitchen Gardens team will take you on a tour of our Kitchen Gardens and Orchard; spotting the many different varieties at Audley along the way! Meet at the board near the marquee.
2pm - Fruit Pruning Workshop. Join skilled members of our Gardens team and learn some of the methods and techniques they use at Audley End Kitchen Garden to prune and maintain the trained fruit trees in the Summer. Meet at the board near the marquee.
2.30pm - Join Blast from the Past for traditional English folk songs and ballads as well as lively jigs and reels!
3pm - Organic Kitchen Garden Tour. Members of our Kitchen Gardens team will take you on a tour of our Kitchen Gardens and Orchard; spotting the many different varieties at Audley along the way! Meet at the board near the marquee.
4.30pm - Join Blast from the Past for traditional English folk songs and ballads as well as lively jigs and reels!

Main Lawns on Route to House
11.30am - Hawking at Harvest. From the "glorious twelfth" of August onwards the traditional hunting season commences and the harvest season is an important time in the falconry calendar.
12pm - Life & Death in the Garden Come and listen to Mr Baker and Mr Hobbs at they tell the tales from the garden. How Mr Baker (Death) deals with those pesky pests that infuriate us all and Mr Hobbs (Life) brings you the Ancient Floral Tales and the Herbal Lore of Granny Hobbs.
12.30pm - Apple Festival Wand Parade. Come and make your own apple wand and then join in the parade to Audley End's very own apple trees to wish them, (and ourselves,) health and happiness.
1.30pm- The Traditions of FalconryWatch the birds in thrilling aerial displays and learn all about the traditional sport of falconry!
2pm - Life & Death in the Garden. Come and listen to Mr Baker and Mr Hobbs at they tell the tales from the garden.
2.30pm - Apple Festival Wand Parade. Come and make your own apple wand and then join in the parade to Audley End's very own apple trees to wish them, (and ourselves,) health and happiness.
3.30pm - Hawking at Harvest. From the "glorious twelfth" of August onwards the traditional hunting season commences and the harvest season is an important time in the falconry calendar.
4pm - Life & Death in the Garden. Come and listen to Mr Baker and Mr Hobbs at they tell the tales from the garden.

Prices

Type Price
English Heritage members Free
Adult £17.50
Child, 5-15 years £10.50
Concession £15.80
Family £45.50

Price Notes

Corporate members can now enjoy free entry to our site on event days. To see if your membership includes this benefit, please call English Heritage customer services on 0370 333 1181. Art Fund members are not entitled to free or reduced entry during this event.

How to book

Purchase your tickets today using our online system below or by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0370 333 1181 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm).  Tickets will also be available to purchase at the event site on the day.

How to find us

Address
Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Location
Essex, East of England

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