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Porlock Apple Press and Rural Crafts Festival

Porlock Apple Press & Rural Crafts Festival

Saturday 19th October 2019

So much more than just another 'Apple Day'!
Observing the pressing 2018
A FREE event with something for all the family!

The Old School Centre Orchard Garden,  10.00am to 4.00pm (ish!)

A fun, apple themed event, with something for all ages. A look back to old country crafts centred around our 1862 'Somerset  Pattern' apple press which will be in action pressing many tons of  apples into fresh juice for you to taste and take away. Old rural crafts such as wool spinning and weaving, blacksmithing,  basket weaving, woodland crafts etc, also demonstrated. Loads of home made appley cakes, pies, jams, chutneys, a fantastic  hog-roast, appley soups, tea and coffee means you don't even need to  bring a packed lunch. Add to this some hearty singing of a cider song (you can join in too!),  birds of prey, vintage engines and machinery in action...plus much  more...means a brilliant day out for all the family. The best  bit......IT'S FREE! On site loos and parking is only 150yds away
The 2019 advertising poster will be available to download here as soon as it is ready!

Keep checking back!
2019 attractions so far - in no order at all!
The Old Apple Press in Action,
pressing many tonnes of local apples.
History and the process narrated.
Fresh unpasteurised juice to taste and to take away - donations invited
You are invited to join-in with a fun cider song or two aswell !!!
Hog Roast and fresh home made apple sauce - Toni Thornton
Corn Dolly making Workshop - Keith Payne, West Country Thatchers
Loads of home made Apple cakes, pies, soups, chutneys & jams - All things apple!
Locally produced Cider - Ex-Press Cider (Strictly 'Off-Sales' only. Licenced by SW&T Council)
Pyrography craft sales and workshop - Becky Shaw
Cider, Farming and Folk songs - Martyn & Lorraine Babb
Basket Weaving and sales - Amanda Rayner (Wyldwood Willow)
Artisan Appley Fudge - Roly's Fudge Minehead
Wool Spinning and Weaving - Shirley Cawthorne & friends
Pole Lathe demonstration, Woodland Crafts etc - Paul South
Vintage Stationary Engines and implements working display - Richard Farmer
Porlock Vale Honey - The Little family, Allerford
Prize Draw Raffle - Prizes donated by local businesses
Somerset Wildlife Trust - Promoting conservation good practice and information
Vintage Corn/Grain Mill in action - Melvin Sharland
AND MUCH MORE!      Please keep checking back here for updates
Overhead view of site and car park location
Porlock Vale Orchards...

Porlock orchard in bloom
Several of the old local orchards do survive to this day, but are not maintained for commercial cropping.

The National Trust owns a lot of land in the Porlock Vale area (formerly The Holnicote Estate, bequeathed by the Ackland family). The orchards of the now tenanted farms are not in use for any commercial purpose, but are the source of the majority of apples we use to demonstrate the old press in action. The good news is that there are some new orchards being planted by private landowners, not for commercial reasons, but to continue the historical link to the area. We help with the management of some new orchards, saving the old traditions and way of life.
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