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Cider Diary - your programme for the year ahead...

The Herefordshire Pomona and Heritage Orchards

29th March - 7th May 2011, Apple Store Gallery, 3 Bridge Street, Hereford HR4 9DF

Images and prints from the 'Herefordshire Pomona' will be featured alongside the work of local artists who have been inspired by the traditional orchards of Herefordshie. Richard Bavin, painter and a group who have been working over the past year producing ceramics, textiles, photographs and stained glass will be showing their work.

The Gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm. Entry is free and all are welcome, but the children should be accompanied by an adult. Support dogs are welcome.

Access is available direct from the pavement and the front of the exhibition space is on the same level. A ramp is availble for wheelchair access to the higher level at the rear of the Gallery.

See or telephone 01432 378436 or 01432 344526.

Photography in the Orchard

16th April 10am - 4pm Dragon Orchard

Workshop with Richard Crompton

To attend this event, please book on the Once upon a Tree website.

See or telephone 01531 670263.

Cider & Apples

Friday 15th April at 6pm, The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford

An evening of exploration into the wonderful world of cider and apples. In the same way that different grapes produce different wines, different apple varieties produce different ciders. This tutored session with Gabe Cook from Bulmers will demonstrate what flavours can be tasted in ciders and perries. Learn your bittersweets from your bittersharps, the joys of perry and varieties such as 'Slack ma Girdle' and 'Merrylegs', plus how to become a master cider maker in your own right!

Over 18s only.

£15 to include cheese and biscuits

See or telephone 01432 340555.

The Hostelrie at Goodrich festival

Friday 22nd April - Sunday 24th April - Easter Weekend, Goodrich

Local producers of cider, bread and sausages, providing information, productions and demonstrations. Childrens games on Sunday as well as a Hog-roast-dinner (sit down meal) and competitions.

Also live bands: New Jersey (Friday night), Jiveaholics (Saturday night), Deadbeats (Saturday evening) and OCD (Sunday night).

Friday 22nd.  Ticket price: £5.00

Saturday 23rd  Ticket price £10.00

Sunday 24th  Ticket price: £10.00

Weekend Ticket price: £20.00

See or telephone 01600 890241.

The Big Apple at Blossomtime

1st & 2nd May 2011, Putley, Ledbury.

All events are are based around a grand cider tasting in Putley Village Hall, where you will find an array of traditional ciders and perries from Herefordshire and surrounding counties. Meet the makers and enjoy a walk through our orchards in blossom.


Blossom Weekend

1st & 2nd May 2011 at Westons Cider, Much Marcle.

Take a tour around the Mill and view the orchards in full bloom. Free of charge.

See or telephone 01531 660 233.

Beekeeping workshop as part of the Big Apple

1st and 2nd May 2011, Dragon Orchard

For more details, please visit the Once Upon a Tree website.

See or telephone 01531 670263.

Blossom Time walk around Risbury Hill Fort orchards

8th May 2011 at 2:30pm in Risbury

A walk of about 2 hours on and around the beautiful and interesting Risbury Hill Fort and its orchards at blossom time.

All welcome, including children. Start point still to be decided so please contact the organisers for further information nearer the time.

We also hope to arrange transport from Leominster for anyone who wants it.

See or telephone 01568 780886.

International Cider and Perry Competition

11th May 2011, Cider Museum, Hereford

Entires from the UK and overseas will be judged to determine the Overall Champion Cider or Perry Maker for 2011. Followed by ploughmans's supper and tutored cider tastings. 10am - 5pm.

See or telephone 01432 354207.

Open Farm Sunday

12th June 2011

Westons Cider, Much Marcle - Join us for tractor and trailor rides at Westons. Meet our award winning herd of Hereford Cattle and view our sheep. Free of charge.

Dragon Orchard, Putley - Open Farm as part of the LEAF Open Farm Sunday scheme.


Free of charge

See or telephone 01531 660 233.

"The Jewel in Wulvia's Crown" - Putley Orchards Walk - part of the Herefordshire Walking Festival

Thursday 23rd June 9:45am - 4:30pm, Dragon Orchard

Walk starting at Dragon Orchard.

Lunch at The Crown at Woolhope included

Bookings only, through Walking Festival booking office.

See or telephone 01432 268430.

Poetry event - part of Ledbury Poetry Festival

Thursday 7th July 10:30am - 4:30pm, Dragon Orchard, Putley

Poetry event as part of Ledbury Poetry Festival, to include lunch at Dragon Orchard.

Bookings through the Poetry Festival Booking Office - £20.00 to include tea, coffee & lunch.

See or telephone 0845 4581743.

Much Marcle Steam Rally

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July - Westons, Much Marcle

An array of steam engines, vintage tractors, cars and much more descends on Much Marcle for the annual steam rally. Westons traditional cider engines will be on display in the NEW Westons Heritage Centre. FREE tractor and trailor shuttles will be available.

See or telephone 01531 660233.

Orchards past, present and future

Wednesday 20th July 2011 at Homme House, Much Marcle, Ledbury

This special one-day conference is being organised on behalf of the UK Traditional Orchards Habitat Action Plan working group. Anyone owning or involved in orchards, from commercial to community, will find something of interest within the varied programme being presented by orchard professionals and enthusiasts from across the Country. In addition to the formal presentations there will be a range of displays and information available for participants to browse and ample opportunity for informal networking and exchange of best practice.

The conference is being held on Wednesday 20th July 2011 a t Homme House which is situated in the village of Much Marcle, near Ledbury, nestled in the Herefordshir landscape and urrounded by orchards. Westons, well known producers of award wining cider and perry are nearby and the day will finish with the option of a guided visit to their orchards or a tour of the production plant and tutored tasting of cider and perry.

Costs:  Early-bird discounted delegate rate (only available until 1st June 2011) £25. Delegate rate £30

Optional Westons factory tour and cider tasting £6.50 (Orchard tour is free).

Booking:  The booking form is available from Complete the payment information (Cheque, credit card or purchase order) and return the form by post or email to Herefordshire Council's Countryside Service who are co-ordinating the bookings.




Kids Orchard Day

Thursday 4th August 10am - 3pm - Dragon Orchard, Putley

Orchard- related activities to keep the children entertained, while Mum has tea and cake in the orchard.

Free event - with refreshments available to buy

See or telephone 01531 670263.

Family Extravaganza

Sunday 28th August 10am - 4pm, Westons Cider, Much Marcle

NEW - Pony rides by Riding for the Disabled. A fun filled day for thw whole family! With children's activities, entertainment and the popular animal petting corner there is plenty to entertain the children while the adults stroll around the 'cider tent' and local produce and craft stalls.


See or telephone 01531 660233.

Community Juicing with Kingsland Millennium Green Trust

September 2011, Kingsland Millennium Green (indoors if wet)

Community Apple juicing, sampling and picnic with family games. In 1999 KMGT planted a new 'derelict' orchard with many ancient varieties. 12 years on the trees are fruiting well. This will be an opportunity to sample some of these fruit - Golden Noble, Peasgood Nonsuch, Scots Bridget, Golden Harvey and others - bring along your own apples to be juiced too! Open to all - don't forget your picnic and be prepared for autumnal family games!

No admission charge, but charges for jucing.

For further details, please email Katie Eastaugh on

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Art @ the Cider Museum

September 2011, Cider Museum, Hereford

More details to follow shortly!

See or telephone 01432 354207.

'Using Orchard Produce' workshop

Saturday 3rd September - Dragon Orchard, Putley

Bookings only for this event

See or telephone 01531 670263.

The Orchards of Herefordshire and Monmouthshire

27th September - 29th October 2011, Apple Store Gallery, 3 Bridge Street, Hereford HR4 9DF

Richard Bavin and Richard Corbett are painters living and working close to the Welsh Border.

During the recent past, Richard Bavin, who has has a long fascination with trees, has been working in a traditional orchard to the north of Hereford, painting in oils, acrylics and watercolours and also producing drawings in charcoal.

Following a prolific residency in the Newport Wetlands and some magical interpretations of the natural landscape, Richard Corbett has turned his artisic attention to orchards in Monmouthshire as part of a country-wide focus.

The results of these two extended projects will form the core of an exhibition at Apple Store Gallery.

The Gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm. Entry is free and all are welcome, but children should be accompanied by an adult. Support dogs are welcome.

Access is available direct from the pavement and the front of the exhibition space is on the same level. A ramp is availble for wheelchair access to the higher level at the rear of the Gallery.

See or telephone 01432 378436/344526.

The Big Apple in Harvestime

8th & 9th October 2011, Much Marcle

Unique community events amongst the orchards, celebrating the cider heritage of Marcle Ridge.

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Leominster Apple Fair

15th October 10am - 4pm at The Priory Church, Leominster

Large display of apples, apple growing advice and information, and apple identification. Apples, cider, perry, apple juices, cakes, jams, jellies, honey, artisan bread, herbs and other produce for sale. (opportunities for tasting many of these products).

Stalls, craft displays and demonstrations.

Home-made refresehments, competitions, dancing from the Jenny Pipes Morris.

Come along and enjoy the colours, the taste and the smells!

Admission £1.50 (Children free).


See or telephone Felicity on 01568 780886.

Cider-making Festival

15th - 16th October 2011 Cider Museum, Hereford

Demonstrations of traditional cider making, Coopering and Blacksmithing. View beekeeping exhibition and displays of apples and pears. Watch Morris Dancing and Corn Dolly making. Fairground organ, games and activites for children. A FUN WEEKEND! 

See or telephone 01432 354207.

Half Term activities for Children

Thursday 27th October Half Term - Dragon Orchard, Putley

Free event - Refreshments available to buy.

See or telephone 01531 670263.

Cider-making Day

November TBC - Dragon Orchard, Putley

Click on the website link below for more details.

Free event

See or telephone 01531 670263.

Christmas Decorations from the Orchard

December TBC - Dragon Orchard, Putley

Booking only for this event, please click on website link elow

See or telephone 01531 670263.

Christmas Fair

4th Dec 2011, Cider Museum, Hereford

A perfect opportunity to get ahead of the city centre crowds and pick up some imaginative gifts with a local flavour. Festive snacks and entertainment guaranteed! 11am - 7pm

See or telephone 01432 354207.

Christmas at Westons

Sunday 4th December 2pm - 6pm - Westons, Much Marcle

Come and meet Father Christmas' Reindeers and enjoy carols around the tree whilst sipping hot mulled cider. Children will have the opportunity to make Christmas gifts to take home with them.

See or telephone 01531 660233.

Once Upon a Tree

Various dates in 2011, Dragon Orchard, Putley, Ledbury.

Various events will be held throughout the year, to include poetry walks, orchard workshops and craft events.

More details to follow shortly!

See or telephone 01531 670263.

Leominster in Bloom

Fruit and nut Tree Project for Leominster

In and around Leominster throughout the year

The aims are to plant fruit and nut trees in and around the town and on all school grounds. Also to include community groups, businesses and individuals in planning, planting, care and finally use the fruit.

These trees will belong to the community, fruit available for the community. Trees will be funded by sponsorship. This money will be used to but more trees and for further LIB projects for the town.

Try to encourage young people to take and interest by nominating "Tree Champions", who will be taught how to care for the trees. This should foster interaction between the generations, and an old-fashioned passing on of knowledge.

The project should connect with Leominster's history, and help to bring a sense of community and pride.

Mr Adrian Long, Principal of Earl Mortimer College, is spearheading the project. Twenty treese from Frank Matthews have been reserved from the school, and will be planted soon. Four trees have already been sponsored.

Contact Romy Worthington on

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Wassail in Herefordshire

Please see the 'Did you know?' page for Wassailling dates

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