Cider is in vogue. But then it never went out of fashion round 'ere, hence the enduring popularity of Herefordshire's annual Blossomtime Weekend.
An annual celebration of orchards in blossom, the Big Apple's Blossomtime Weekend takes place in and around the Marcle Ridge every spring; an ode to orchard walks; cider, apple juice and perry testing; and sinking a few pints.
This year the Grand Cider Tasting and Teas event will take place at Putley Village Hall (HR8 2QN) on Sunday, April 30 and Monday, May 1. Tickets are £2 on the door. We recommend booking a taxi and getting stuck in.
You'll be able to buy direct as craft makers including Avenue Cottage Perry, Cwm Maddoc Cider, Gregg’s Pit Cider and Perry, Lyne Down Cider, Oliver’s Cider and Perry, and Once Upon a Tree Cider and Perry throw open their doors to the public.
There's also be talks, live music, and a host of special one-off including:
Walking to The Wonder - a walk through the orchards of Putley with occasional readings of blossom time haiku from our own haiku poet, David Walker.
Screen Printing with Sunny Todd - at Aylton Church, open to all.
The Apple: Magic and Mythology - Pete Brown, a writer specialising in “making people thirsty” and author of BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week ‘The Apple Orchard’, will share some of the myths associated with apples from Eden onward and why ritual and magic still seem important to us.
Leominster Morris - at Putley Village Hall
For the full 2017 programme, visit www.bigapple.org.uk/blossomtime-2017.
- 30th April - 1st May, 2017
- Sunday April 30 2pm to 6pm and Monday May 1 noon to 5pm.
- Ticket Price
- £2 for six tasting tokens on the door.
- Putley Village Hall, Putley, HR8 2QN Get Directions, by car, or by public transport