It's a great day for apple lovers

Hundreds of visitors are expected to flock to Wisbech today for the town's third annual Apple Day.

Hundreds of visitors are expected to flock to Wisbech today for the town's third annual Apple Day.

There will be an array of apple-themed events through-out the day, including apple bobbing and a competition to make the longest strip of apple peel.

A number of companies and local tourist attractions will be joining in the celebrations, such as the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, Peckover House and the town's library.

There will be a chance for visitors to take part in competitions and buy locally produced fruit, trees and vegetables.

For the children there will be face painting, balloon modelling and apple bobbing in the market place. There will also be a display of apple varieties and a special video at the town's museum.

Willock Farm, at Wisbech St Mary, will be opening its gates and offering visitors a guided tour of its orchards. And at Peckover House, there will be a chance to sample some local apples and apple delicacies.

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A special leaflet has also been produced which contains a number of delicious apple recipes, which have been compiled by local residents.

Rosie Kitchen, events and marketing manager for WisARD, who has been co-ordinating the event with the help of Fenland District Council, said the day should hold something for everyone.

"It's wonderful to see local businesses helping a local event in this way," she said. "The aim of the day is to encourage people to buy local apples. Wisbech is known for its orchards and this is the third year of the event."

The event has been supported by a number of organisations including, Fenland Council, Del Monte, Smiths Fruit and Vegetable Stall, Willock Farm, Tesco, Etcetera, Somerfields, Stream Foods, Julian Graves and Elgoods.

Most of the events start at around 10am and will run throughout the afternoon.