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Somerset Apple Juice & Cider Making History On Exmoor
... being kept alive by...

Porlock Apple Press Group

Our old press is a 'Somerset Pattern' apple press, dating from the early 1800's.
The press was saved from destruction, has been restored working order and located in the Orchard Garden of The Old School Centre, Porlock (TA24 8QD).
Demonstration pressings are carried out during the apple harvest season (August to November generally), and you can freely observe as members carry out traditional method of producing apple juice for cider making.

Please see the 'Events' page for more details.
First... Some Confusion To Clear Up...

We would like to take this opportunity to ensure that visitors to this site are aware that the 'PORLOCK APPLE PRESS' , and 'THE PORLOCK APPLE PRESS GROUP'  ARE NOT, the same, or in any way connected to the commercially based entity known as 'Porlock Community Orchard', any online presence, or any other of its activities. More confusingly they have recently been calling themselves 'Porlock Orchard Group'.
The fact is that we are two completely separate and very diverse organisations.

The 'Porlock Apple Press Group' activities are purely altruistic, with no money making interest whatsoever.
What we do is totally for the benefit of the whole of this wonderful Exmoor village, by a group of enthusiastic apple mad volunteers.
The very understandable question you might ask is.....
'What do we get out of it ?'
Well... for us, it is the satisfaction and, very warm feeling, that we have put on a great show that hopefully has educated and entertained our visitors, most especially the young ones.

We always need apples for the pressing  demonstrations. If you have one tree or a whole orchard, and if you don't  want them - we'll pick them and press them.  This is a beneficent community asset where donations are used to maintain the old press and  equipment. What we do at these pressing events, and especially our annual 'Demonstration Pressing Day', is bring large numbers of visitors to the village. Those visitors contribute to our local economy with the money they spend in and around the village.
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