The Big Apple 2016 highlights

It’s here – the biggest apple celebration in the heartland of cider country returns this weekend around the parish of Much Marcle. 

Big Apple 2016

Visit farms and barns, taste ciders and perries – even have a go at joining in yourself. In its 28th year, highlights include A Feast of Apples at Hellens, with a chance to identify that apple you’ve always wondered about; orchard walks, rare breeds, a horse drawn travelling cider press and Gloucestershire ox wagon at Awnells Farm, and stone carving in action, as Max Nowell completes his perry pear sculpture, destined for Mike Johnson of Ross-on-Wye Cider's Yew Tree Inn at Peterstow.

If you want to make your own juice, head to The Crown Inn in Woolhope, from 11am on Saturday, and book yourself a slot on their mobile press for a small fee (01432 860 468). There’s also the fabulous Leominster Morris, and Bees and Blossom, with beekeeping photographer, Gregory Fisk. 

Finally on Saturday, don’t miss your chance to see Golden Fire, the film celebrating the world of cider and perry from 1945 to the present day. Tickets cost £6.50, which includes a drink, a ploughman’s, and the Q&A with local producers.

Sunday highlights include the Big Apple Bike Ride in the morning, and the Perry Pear Walk, Talk and Taste, with Gregg’s Pit’ James Marsden.

Find all the detail online or download the programme. Follow the action on twitter, @TheBigAppleHfd and facebook.