phone mail2 facebook twitter play whatsapp
An Apple a Day: How to Celebrate World Apple Day!

An Apple a Day: How to Celebrate World Apple Day!

21 October 2017 | Nicola Freedman

From sweet pies to pints of cider, we’re a country that devours the humble apple in any incarnation. In fact, in the U.K billions of apples are consumed each year, while the Bramley apple industry alone is worth £50m. To celebrate World Apple Day, which first officially took place in 1990 in Covent Garden, we look at the best events, places and ways to bite into a crunchy, sweet and juicy apple across the nation.

Go Apple-Picking
 

Image credit: lumix2004
 
Whether you’re planning on whipping up a homemade pie, or just looking to chomp on fresh, crunchy apples, the UK boasts some terrific orchards and farms to go apple-picking. From Sandringham Orchards in Norfolk, to Surrey’s award-winning Garsons Farm, visitors will have the chance to PYO (pick your own) delicious apples. Of course, no list would be complete without mentioning Berry Hill. In addition to their vast and plentiful array of plums, leads and gooseberries, the Welsh fruit farm also boasts a whopping fifteen varieties of apples in their orchards. A perfect activity for couples, groups or the whole family to enjoy an afternoon out in the fresh air and getting picking!

Sandringham Orchards can be found 6 miles north-east of King's Lynn and is signposted from the A148 Fakenham road and the A149 Hunstanton road

Garsons Farm can be found at Winterdown Rd, Esher KT10 8LS

Berry Hill can be found at Coedkernew, Marshfield, Newport NP10 8UD



Tuck into a slice of Apple Pie
 

Image credit: Chicken Shop/ via Facebook

While the saying may be as American as apple pie, in the UK, the apple pie is also a homely and beloved part of the national identity. Make your own, or, for an exceptional (and fuss-free) slice, head to the Chicken Shop. Yes, the restaurant does specialise in rotisserie chicken, but it has also developed a cult-like following for its enormous deep-filled apple pies. Full of generous chunks of apple encased in a delicious sweet and buttery shortcrust pastry, each pie is also served with a family- sized jug of cream to pour over. Utter perfection.

Chicken Shop can be found at various locations across London.
 
 
Savor an Apple Crumble
 

Image credit: Citrus and Candy
 
Nothing quite says autumn like a good crumble. Somewhat easier, and less time consuming to make than an apple pie, the crumble is a favourite British treat. What better way to celebrate Apple Day than by sitting down with a generous portion of warm crumble?  However, if you don’t fancy making one from scratch, the country is home to plenty of fabulous cafes and restaurants serving their own variation. For a truly spectacular offering, head to Maggie Jones's in London where ‘Maggie’s Apple Crumble’ is served with cream or custard.
 
Maggie Jones's can be found at 6 Old Ct Pl, Kensington, London W8 4PL
 
 
Enjoy a pint of Cider
 

Image credit: Anni Pekkanen
 
While beer may be the go-to, Britain is also a nation that loves a cold, sweet pint of cider. And why not? Given the fantastic variety of ciders, including locally produced craft bottles, there has never been a better time to be a cider lover. While you will find at least one cider on tap at any good pub, the UK is also home to many fantastic cider houses, from The Cider Barn in Somerset to Ye Olde Cider Bar in Devon. However, perhaps the best spot for any cider aficionado is Bristol. With a long brewing tradition, the city is home to a multitude of bars and pubs offering a wider, and more unique, range of the fermented juice. For a terrific pint, head to aptly named The Apple – a barge moored in the centre of Bristol – specialising in cider and perry, both on draught and in bottle.
 
The Cider Barn can be found at Draycott Rd, Cheddar BS27 3RU
 
Ye Olde Cider Bar can be found at 99 East St, Newton Abbot TQ12 2LD
 
The Apple can be found at Welsh Back, Bristol BS1 4SB
 
 
Apple Day Events


Image credit: ski4fd
 
To celebrate Apple Day, events will be taking place all across the country today and during the month of October. From apple displays and trails, to cider press demonstrations and apple treats (think gorgeous pies, crumbles and slices), there will be something for everyone, at any age, to enjoy. With the added incentive of tasting opportunities, there has never been a more perfect or tastier way to get your daily fruit fix.
 
To find an Apple Day near you please click here.

Tell us what you think

You may also like

An Interview with Tez Ilyas

An Interview with Tez Ilyas

Tez Ilyas’s sharp wit and observations about the state of the UK today are hard to separate from his identity as a young, northern, working class…

Enter if you Dare: The Best Halloween Events 2017

Enter if you Dare: The Best Halloween Events 2017

While Halloween may be an American tradition, it has become an increasingly popular event here in the UK. From ghost tours and haunted houses, to…

A Weekend on the Isle of Wight

A Weekend on the Isle of Wight

From dinosaur remains to beaches, with fine fresh fish served across the island and sunny sky's stretching on forever, the Isle of Wight is perfect…

Inside Dog and Scone - Newcastle’s First Dog Café

Inside Dog and Scone - Newcastle’s First Dog Café

You know how it is as a student - you leave home and all your pets behind with it. What are you supposed to do…

Love after the honeymoon period: Love Chapter 2 by L-E-V Dance

Love after the honeymoon period: Love Chapter 2 by L-E-V Dance

Choreographer Sharon Eyal, recent guest Artistic Director of the National Youth Dance Company and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, is bringing L-E-V, the company she co-directs with…

‘Slanguages’ Exhibition at The Buttery

‘Slanguages’ Exhibition at The Buttery

Explore the connection between languages in the performing arts, and creativity, at the intriguing visual exhibition 'Slanguages.'

Britain’s Most Unusual Museums

Britain’s Most Unusual Museums

Britain is home to some of the world’s most impressive museums, which justifiably attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. However, for those after a…

A Guide to Nightlife in York

A Guide to Nightlife in York

If you ask someone what to do in York, they may suggest visiting the Minster or hiring a boat and cruising down the River Ouse,…

Best Stand Up Tours Spring 2018

Best Stand Up Tours Spring 2018

It’s that time of the year where the best of the Edinburgh Fringe’s stand up shows embark on tours around the UK, hitting up arts centres,…

Best BYOB Restaurants in Brighton

Best BYOB Restaurants in Brighton

From cheap and cheerful eateries to slightly more upscale restaurants, Brighton has no shortage of places that offer Bring your own Bottle (BYOB). Whether you…

Most popular

A Guide to Summer Films

A Guide to Summer Films

As the heat wave ranges on, spend a bit of time indoors with these hot films!
Win an Open Air Cinema Experience with Popcorn and Prosecco!

Virgin Experience Days - Win an Open Air Cinema Experience with Popcorn and Prosecco!

We're offering a lucky Culture Calling reader the chance to swap their next friendly film night for something a bit more epic, with a trip to a stunning open-air cinematic venue to enjoy a classic film and some bubbles under the evening sky!
Win a visit to Bletchley Park for two!

Virgin Experience Days - Win a visit to Bletchley Park for two!

Win a trip to the fascinating Bletchley Park, to get an insight into the once top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers.
Bird is the Word: The UK’s Best Birdwatching Spots

Bird is the Word: The UK’s Best Birdwatching Spots

From flamingos to ospreys, puffins to swans, there’s plenty of species of winged wildlife for hawk-eyed birdwatchers to see in UK!
Top 5 UK Lidos and Outdoor Pools

Top 5 UK Lidos and Outdoor Pools

With summer in full swing, we’ve rounded up Britain’s best pools for a spot of outdoor swimming!
Do It for the Gram: An Interview with Will Bower

Do It for the Gram: An Interview with Will Bower

We caught up Will Bower, Managing Director of the Selfie Factory, ahead of the launch of the UK’s first made for Instagram exhibition in Brighton. We discussed his inspirations, escapism, and how selfies may be able to promote confidence and happiness.
Spotlight On: The Whitworth, Manchester

Spotlight On: The Whitworth, Manchester

Discover Mancheser's "gallery in the park"!
FILM REVIEW: Mad to Be Normal

FILM REVIEW: Mad to Be Normal

Mad to Be Normal, the biopic focused on the radical and innovative psychiatric treatments conducted by Dr. Ronald David Laing, will be released on VOD channels on 13 August!
The Original Mail-Order Bride!

The Original Mail-Order Bride!

Learn about the intense orchestration and political manoeuvring behind King Henry VIII marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, in a new play “The Court Must Have a Queen” performed at Hampton Court Palace over the summer!
FILM REVIEW: Tracking Edith - A Spy with A Conscience

FILM REVIEW: Tracking Edith - A Spy with A Conscience

Mysterious, elusive, enigmatic: Edith Tudor-Hart was a woman who lived many different lives in her sixty-five years. In Tracking Edith director Peter Stephan Jungk attempts to expose the woman behind the rumours.

Your inbox deserves a little culture!