Apple Day 2013 will take place on Saturday 5th October from 11am to 3pm
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.