The Big Apple is a community event celebrating apples and orchards and how they have shaped the picturesque Herefordshire countryside. This Harvestime 2019 marks our 30th Anniversary, so come and join our celebrations!
Each of the nine venues in and around Much Marcle allows you to learn, taste and enjoy!
We have perry and cider making at all scales from small to commercial where the producers can share their knowledge and provide opportunities to sample and buy.
Come and taste an amazing range of dessert and cooking apples at the Feast of Apples at Hellens and purchase less commercially grown varieties in the Apple Market. If you need help in identifying your own garden varieties the Marcher Apple Network will be on hand to help.
As part of our 30th celebrations we have two talks at Hellens on Sunday 13th. In the first talk local fruitgrower, Norman Stanier, looks back into the records on geology, history and natural history from Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club and the legacy they provide. In the second, Apples in a Warmer World, Prof. Paul Hadley talks about his research looking at the impact of climate change on future UK apple production.
To mark the growing interest in orchards, sustainability and tourism, The Big Apple is proud to be part of Ciderlands whose aim is to preserve the heritage and environment surrounding cider culture. We are delighted the Ciderlands 2019 conference will take place in Herefordshire.
And to keep you sustained, delicious apple-related lunches and teas are available at many of the venues and local hostelries.