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Apple Day is back at Cambridge University Botanic Garden – Sunday 23 October 2016, 10am-4pm
We have a bumper crop of apple-related activities including: apple identification and advice; apple tasting of over two dozen heritage 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 stalls and a petting pen with rabbits and guinea pigs to keep the kids entertained.
“The Garden’s Apple Day is a real celebration of this important and delicious fruit crop. There’s always plenty to do and see at Apple Day and the festival atmosphere always makes a fun day out for all the family.”
Professor Beverley Glover, Director Botanic Garden
Apple tasting: ‘try before you buy’: our tasting tables are at the core of Apple Day, offering the region’s biggest choice of unusual and heritage apples to try before buying. This year over two dozen delicious, locally-grown heritage varieties will be on offer
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 should 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, specialty teas, chocolates & artisan cheeses for sale
The Garden will be running free seasonal highlight tours, there will be live music and pop-up food stalls from the Garden Café, Provenance Kitchen, Chip Chip Hooray, Caffe Mobile and Totally Alive! will be providing a petting pen with some cute and cuddly pets, and their experts will be on hand with pet advice and care.
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 online. Advance tickets allow fast-track entry on the day.
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