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Our annual Apple Day event was so popular that we've now extended it to an Apple Festival covering the whole weekend, 7 - 8 October.

Organised in conjunction with Orchards Live, Thornhayes Nursery and the RHS South West Area Fruit Group - the weekend is packed with fantastic displays, demonstrations and family activities. A great day out for all the family!

Mother and daughter with apple displayHighlights

  • Bring along your unknown apple varieties for expert identification. Please bring at least two apples of each variety; maximum three varieties per person
  • Pick up something delicious from stalls selling fruit, cider and apple juice
  • Visit the Fruit Field to watch Angle Twitch, a mixed Morris side from Barnstaple, dancing in their brightly coloured jackets 
  • See and taste a huge range of apples
  • Fun children's activities and trails
  • Pick up planting and cultivation tips for your own fruit trees
  • Watch juicing demonstrations
  • See our brand Devon Heritage Apple Orchard, planted to protect rare Devon apple varieties for generations to come
  • Visit the Plant Centre for a Spotlight on Fruit Trees event (1 - 4.30pm), with short talks and demonstrations from Frank P Matthews Ltd. Plus choose from a large range of quality fruit trees for your own garden


Art for autumn

Apple artworkExplore the history of the humble apple with a new RHS Lindley Library exhibition: Codlings, Costards and Biffins.

See original artworks by William Hooker, as well as rare books and pomological catalogues.

Exhibition dates

  • 30 September - 29 Oct (daily)


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