Apple Day – Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
About the Event
Keep the first Sunday of half-term free to discover the diversity of apples at the region’s biggest Apple Day at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Sunday 22 October 2017, 10am-4pm.
We will have a bumper crop of apple-related activities including: apple identification and advice; apple tasting of over thirty varieties; a huge variety of locally produced, delicious edibles for sale as well as family activities; guided Garden seasonal highlight tours; live music; pop-up food trucks and surprise walkabout characters to keep the kids entertained.
The Garden’s Director, Professor Beverley Glover says:
“The Garden’s Apple Day is a real celebration of this important and delicious fruit crop. There’s plenty to see and do and the festival atmosphere always makes a fun day out for all the family. The Botanic Garden is a stunning setting for the event and visitors can enjoy the changing colours of autumn provided by our magnificent collection of trees.”
• Apple tasting: ‘try before you buy’: our tasting tables are at the core of Apple Day, offering a range of unusual varieties such as: ‘William Crump’; ‘Egremont Russet’ and ‘Ashmead’s Kernel’ to try before buying.
• Apple 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…
The apple aficionados at the East of England Apples and Orchards Project will be on hand to identify apples – visitors can bring along two to three apples from each mystery tree, preferably with a leaf and stalk attached, to help with accurate identification
• Apple cultivation: expert advice will be available to find out what to grow, how to plant and prune for a bumper crop
• 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
• Apple edibles: the Garden’s Main Lawn Marquee will be bursting with locally produced, delicious edibles to share this harvest including hedgerow cordials, fruit-flavoured spirits, hand-pressed juices and ciders, speciality teas, chocolates & artisan cheeses for sale
The Garden will be running free seasonal highlight tours; there will be live music; apple fayre and toffee apples from the Garden Café; pop-up food trucks – Wandering Yak, Caffe Mobile, Chip Chip Hooray and Pull Me Cheri.
Entry to the Botanic Garden on Apple Day requires the purchase of an Apple Day ticket, priced £3, 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.