Apple Day is back at Cambridge University Botanic Garden – with a bumper crop this year!
This year’s long sunny days with no late frosts means that 2018 is a bumper year for apples!
Taste and try over 30 different varieties of apple at the region’s biggest Apple Day at
Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Sunday 21 October, 10am-4pm.
Highlights of the day will include:
Apple tasting: ‘try before you buy’ – our tasting tables are at the core of Apple Day, offering a range of
unusual varieties such as ‘King of the Pippins’; ‘Blenheim Orange’ and ‘Ashmead’s Kernel’ to try before
Apple identification: bring your own garden apples to be identified. The apple aficionados at the East of
England Apples and Orchards Project will be on hand to identify apples – visitors are invited to bring along
two to three apples from each mystery tree, preferably with a leaf and stalk attached, to help with accurate
identification. Cambridgeshire has lost the great majority of its orchards in the last 50 years, but heritage
varieties may be surviving in private gardens, often carved out from the last remnants of ancient orchards
and it may well be that someone will bring a lost heritage variety to light…
Apple cultivation: expert advice will be available to find out what to grow, how to plant and prune for a
Apple activities: get crafty with a variety of activities which will be taking place in the Schools’ Garden for
the young and young-at-heart visitors, plus new this year – short drop-in talks on how to plant and train
Apple edibles: the Garden’s Main Lawn Marquee will be bursting with locally produced, delicious edibles
to purchase, including a new joint venture between the Botanic Garden and the Cambridge Distillery – the
‘Curator’s Choice’ gin, sourced with botanicals from the Garden; hedgerow cordials; fruit-flavoured spirits;
hand-pressed juices and ciders, speciality teas, chocolates and artisan cheeses
Other activities will also include:
• Free, seasonal highlight tours of the Garden
• Live music from The Jackson Creek Band
• Apple fayre and toffee apples from the Garden Café
• Pop-up food trucks – Wandering Yak, Caffe Mobile, Chip Chip Hooray, Provenance Kitchen and Pull Me
Entry to the Botanic Garden on Apple Day requires the purchase of an Apple Day ticket, priced £3.30*, in
addition to normal Garden admission/Friends’ membership. Free admission for children 16 and under.
Visitors are strongly advised to buy Apple Day tickets in advance at the Garden ticket offices or on-line at
www.botanic.cam.ac.uk. Advance tickets allow fast-track entry on the day.
*includes optional donation of 10%