Apple Day 2013 will take place on Saturday 5th October from 11am to 3pm
Highlights this year include:
• Barbecue featuring local apples in the hot dog sausages
• Display and tasting of unusual locally grown apples
• Freshly pressed juice – bring your own apples along and help turn
them into the most delicious juice using our traditional press
• Apple baking competition for children and adults
• Apples, apple juice, home made preserves, cakes and biscuits on sale
• Children’s games like ‘Make the longest apple peel’, treasure hunts,
colouring, craft activities and apple bobbing
• Sale of local honey and information about beekeeping
• A guided tour of the Orchard at 1.00pm.
Entry is free.
Baking competition details
A competition for any baked item which includes apple in the recipe.1 Class for Children under 16, and 1 for Adults (16 and over). All items should be cooked at least 12 hours previously and be cold. All items must be covered with clingfilm. Only one entry per person. All items to be delivered to the competition table at the Orchard by 12 noon on Apple Day. Entries will be registered and competitors will be issued with an entry number at that time. The winners will be announced at 2.30pm and prizes awarded. Entries may be collected after 2.30pm and must be collected before 3.00pm. Items not collected when clearing is finished will be disposed of.
In case of query please phone or email Alison Rubens (01923 282937 or
Apple Day 2012
The fourth Apple Day was held in The Orchard on Saturday 6th October and was blessed with sunshine and more visitors than ever before. The tents were adorned with beautiful bunting (thank you Charlotte) and it was wonderful to see how the orchard project could bring the community together to celebrate the fruit and its produce.
We were joined this year by Chorleywood Mums who entertained the children with craft activities, apple bobbing and treasure hunts throughout the day and we hope they will be part of Apple Day every year from now on. A big thank you to Simone and her helpers.
Other attractions included a stall with preserves, cakes and apple juice which was very popular and sold out by the afternoon. A competition for pre-baked goods with two categories for adults and children was judged by Gillian and Francesca. Prizes were awarded to the winners but the standard did make judging difficult – well done to all those who entered.
There was a display and tasting of unusual locally grown apples and Waitrose kindly supplied extra apples for juicing as the weather conditions this year meant that there was a poor harvest in local orchards. Thank you again, Waitrose. The apple peeling machine was a great attraction and the competition to produce the longest peel was as popular as ever.
The BBQ with ‘Higgins’ pork and apple sausages sold out before the end of the day despite having more sausages than last year. Many apologies to all those disappointed and we promise to increase the amount again next year to keep up with demand!
Michael Hyde conducted a guided tour of The Orchard which we hope will now be a regular event as it generated a lot of interest.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the day such a resounding success .
Apple Day 2011
On Saturday October 1st we had our third Apple Day and what a day it was! The sun shone and the crowds came! It was definitely a brilliant day out for all the family and everyone had a lovely time.
Marquees adorned with bunting stood in the Orchard waiting for folk to arrive and arrive they did! We think that up to 500 came and there was lots to entertain them. As last year we had the apple peeling machine which the children (and adults!) love. Always a challenge to see who can make the longest peel.
Then the crushing of the apples to make juice is always a hit. Queues ‘round the block’ formed for people who wanted their apples identified and children waited patiently to have their faces painted. To satisfy every sort of hunger and thirst there was a barbecue serving delicious pork and apple sausages and a stall serving biscuits, cakes and preserves. The toffee apples proved to be a hit and sold out in no time, as did the Apple Juice. A stall all about bee keeping was a lovely new addition to the day.
It was so lovely to see families come to Apple Day and sit amongst the trees with a picnic – truly a community orchard for all to enjoy!
Last year well over 150 visitors of all ages enjoyed the second Chorleywood Apple Day which took place on Saturday 2nd October 2010 in glorious autumn sunshine in Chorleywood House Estate.