Apples at the core of Gressenhall celebration

Apple Day

Apple Day - Credit: Archant

It's always one of the highlights of autumn and has become a true Gressenhall tradition.

Stephen Fisher making cider on Apple Day at Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse. Picture: Ian Burt

Stephen Fisher making cider on Apple Day at Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Apple Day at Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse is back this Sunday and celebrates the best of autumn with all things appley: pressing, tasting, buying and naming.

There will be live entertainment and music, the chance to meet local craftsmen and artists demonstrating their skills plus the opportunity to buy handmade products and local produce.

If you've always wondered what that 'mystery' apple tree in your garden or orchard is, then Apple Day is the event for you.

Experts from The East of England Apple and Orchard Project will be on hand to help. Join them and taste some of the very best apples in Norfolk, whole or pressed as juice or even cider.


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You can also have a go at target practice with Grey Goose Archery and discover the story of William Tell, although no one needs to balance an apple on their head for target practice!

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Discover the tale of the 'Grayte Wyrm of Gressenhall', a dragon that just loves to eat apples, with special performances from the 'Fools Puppet Theatre Companie'.

Get crafty in Art Attack and make beautiful decorations for the apple trees. Join the Grand Apple Day Parade at 3.15pm, and wassail around the orchard with over 30 varieties of apples discovered, raised or developed in Norfolk.

Watch the steam thresher separating the cereal grains from the stalks on Gressenhall Farm, or see what our Suffolk Punch horses are working on in the fields.

If engines are your thing, then you will enjoy a spectacular display from a group of vintage engine and farm machinery enthusiasts. Meet the Steam Up team, Gressenhall's volunteer engineers running some of the museum's engines, or Team Panhard, who maintain and run the museum's 1899 Panhard et Levassor motor car.

There are lots of opportunities to buy direct from local producers of apple juices, ciders, cakes and autumnal preserves and chutneys. See local artists and craftspeople demonstrating and selling their wares including jewellery, willow baskets, fleece products, paintings and original prints. Watch blacksmith from Westfield Forge and see green workers demonstrations their skills and pole lathe turning.

Apple Day runs from 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

For more information visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/gressenhall

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