Apples! Family Apple Harvest Celebrations in Exeter

Family Apple Harvest Celebrations in Exeter

Family Apple Harvest Celebrations in ExeterAs the seasons change, it’s a lovely time of year to reflect on the summer just gone, be thankful for all that we have and to prepare for the long, cold season ahead. Children relish the chance to play outside and revel in the joy of eating fruit straight from the tree so here’s our round up of Family Apple Harvest Celebrations in Exeter.

1. A Celebration of Apples

Sat and Sun, 30th September and 1st October
Boatyard Cafe, Exeter Quay

Saturday 30th September:
From 12 noon: Join Crispin from Broadclyst Community Farm for apple pressing. Find out about different varieties and please bring a clean, empty bottle if you can!

Sunday 1st October:
10-11:30am: Storytelling – with an apple theme, of course – from Jo and Kevin of Love Local Food

All weekend:
– Grab a loaf of apple & oat sourdough
– Sit in and eat a freshly baked apple turnover with a cup of Exe Coffee Roasters coffee
– Enjoy a glass of apple juice

2. Apple Harvest Community Day at Shillingford

1st October, 10am – 3.30pm
Come and harvest with us Shillingford Organics apples, learn about and taste different English apple varieties and take home freshly picked organic apples. We will make apple juice, and learn how to make raw apple cider vinegar on the day. Healthy ‘apply’ lunch will be available around midday for £3/ adult, £1/ child, tractor and trailer ride in the afternoon.

Apples bought on the day will be £1.80/ kg instead of £2.50
Limited parking space with a £3 suggested donation per car.
All welcome. Free admission, booking is essential here under Farm Community Days

3. Killerton Cider and Apple Festival

14-15 October, 10am-5pm
This unique family festival takes place in Sparrow Park Orchard on Sautrday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2017. Join in the celebration of National Apple Day with live music, children’s activities and award-winning Killerton cider and apple juice.

What’s on this year?

This year the festival will be all about apple myths and folklore. You could be singing wassailing songs with orchard spirits, discovering gravity with Isaac Newton, having a go at William Tell archery and pressing apples to make your own juice.Apple pressing including demonstrations of our 200 year old cider press.

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Adult tickets £6, children £3. National Trust members and under 5s enter free.
Dogs on leads welcome. Booking.


Bonus! Coming of Autumn party at Belmont Park

Not specifically about apples but it’s sure to be a lovely day!

Bronwen says:

Autumn is here and it is beautiful! Come and celebrate the magical changing on seasons together in the park. Please bring anything Autumninal; Conkers, leaves, apple crumble, welly boots, your finest knitwear, warm blankets, flasks of hot drinks….. a waterproof blanket/mat to sit on would be great.

More info on the Facebook Event.

Hope you enjoy these lovely family activity days out in Exeter – why not try our family favourite Autumn Walk in Exeter University Grounds too?


Arabella Greatorex, Editor of Exeter Baby Activities. The ultimate guide to family life in Exeter


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