Sharpham's Apple DayDistance from the centre of Kingsbridge: 10.3 miles
The Sharpham Trust’s annual Apple Day and Autumn Festival takes place on Sunday 8 October from 10.30am - 4pm and it’s when visitors can try fresh Sharpham apple juice straight from the press.
The day will include a host of apple-themed activities for all the family, including taster sessions, arts and crafts and games.
Visitors are invited to bring their own apples to juice (just not windfalls from orchards grazed with animals in the last six weeks). If they do, they’ll be given half back in bottles while the other half will be kept to sell to help support the charitable work of the Sharpham Trust.
The apples will be juiced by an impressive oak-beamed press supplied by Orchard Link - a group of orchard campaigners and advisors from Devon's local authorities, cidermakers and orchard owners set up in response to the wastage of apple crops from small traditional orchards and the needs of orchard owners for help and support.
Whilst local and national orchard campaigns have encouraged people to plant and restore orchards, there is still little advice and training, nor much provision for collecting and using the fruit produced by small traditional orchards produce. Orchard Link aims to support orchard owners and enthusiasts to ensure that orchards are a sustainable element of our landscape. If you haven't any apples to bring, don't worry. You can buy bottles of this delicious juice on the day.
Or wander through the formal and woodland gardens of historic Sharpham House, set in a Capability Brown parkland landscape. Sharpham House won’t be open to tour on this day, although there will be a café serving teas, coffee, cakes and simple lunches throughout the day.
· Apple Olympics – Apple themed games and activities on the Croquet Lawn.
· Apple storytelling and harvest crafts
· Workshops and talks on Sharpham’s trees, making cider vinegar, Devon’s orchards and apple tasting
· Campfire cooking and nature crafts
· An Apple Trail for children to hunt down the apples hidden in our orchard
· Apple writing, songwriting and singing workshops
· A wild food and medicine walk
The event is free entry, with free activities (although donations are welcome to support the Trust’s charitable work). There will be a charge of £4 per car for parking and visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle or use the specially-commissioned Bob The Bus free shuttle from Totnes.