A pressing engagement at Sharpham’s Apple Day & Autumn Festival
The Apple Olympics, apple stories and folklore, plus a chance to explore Sharpham’s beautiful gardens and grounds are the highlights of a free family festival happening in October.
The Sharpham Trust’s annual Apple Day and Autumn Festival takes place on Sunday 4 October from 10.30am – 4pm and it’s when visitors can try fresh Sharpham apple juice straight from the press.
If they bring their own apples to juice (just not windfalls from orchards grazed with animals in the last six weeks), 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 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.
While 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 visitors to Sharpham’s Apple Day and Autumn Festival don’t have apples to bring, they’re still welcome on the day, to enjoy apple-themed activities for all the family, including the Apple Olympics – games and activities based around the fruit; storytelling and folklore tails with this bountiful fruit at their core; environmental arts and crafts for children and adults, a stall by South Devon’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you can find out more about how the organisation is working with communities to look after orchards in their villages and test your skills at the longest peel competition or the Apple or Babble quiz!
There is also the chance to explore the grounds of beautiful Georgian Grade 1-listed Sharpham House – thought to have been laid out by Capability Brown.
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.
On the same weekend…
Sharpham’s natural burial ground building is part of a special event celebrating green construction taking place at the same time.
The ceremonial building at the Trust’s Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground features in the Open EcoHomes weekend staged by Transition Town Totnes on October 3-4.
On Sunday October 4, the same day as the Apple Day and Autumn Festival, the cob and stone building will be available for visits from 10am to 1pm (although the building and Sharpham Meadow are open all year round). Find out more about the EcoHomes weekend here: www.transitiontowntotnes.org
(from a press release)