Apple pressing

Our new press works!! Paul pressed Grenadier apples on Sunday and the apple juice is delicious. The press will be in operation over the coming weekends using a variety of apples so come and sample some juice which couldn’t be any fresher! There will also be glasses of the juice available to buy in the Woodpecker Cafe both at weekends and throughout the week.

Orchard Nature Hunt Competition

A £30 VUE voucher will go to the winning team  Suitable for ALL ages. You’ll have up to 90 minutes to score as many points as possible between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September (note cafe closes at 4pm both days). A smart phone or digital camera is essential. Dogs welcome. £1.50 per adult, 50p per child. All children will receive a small prize.

Unexpected visitors!!

Today we had a visit from a Czech and a New Zealander. They wanted soil samples and apples from the orchard to help in their research in to finger printing the world’s food supply. This is going to be the ultimate in product origin and will help in reducing supply chain risks and protecting brands. If you would like to find out more about this cutting edge technology take a look at

Jelly Making

Have you ever been tempted to try your hand at jam or jelly making but didn’t know where to start? Or do you just fancy an evening out in a friendly,stress free environment?
If so, come along to the Woodpecker Cafe at 7pm on Tuesday 16th September.when there will be a demonstration of jelly making and the opportunity for you to try various samples as well as pick, free of charge, crab apples which form the base for many jellies.
Book your place now as numbers are limited. Cost is £6 which includes a hot drink (latte,americano etc)

Welcome to two lords!!

Today we have started to pick –

Lord Lambourne apples – a popular crisp eater. It is a cross between a James Grieve and a Worcester Pearmain apple dating back to 1907.

Lord Derby apples – a good quality cooking apple originating in Cheshire in the nineteenth century.

Both are good for juicing so we are hoping some will still be available on our apple w/e October 11/12