A bumper year for apples will see a huge range on show at Snowshill Manor’s annual apple festival.
The National Trust property’s two orchards have more than 50 different apples, including many heritage varieties, such as ‘Gloucester Underleaf’, ‘Hunts Duke of Gloucester’ and ‘Gloucester Royal’.
In addition, head gardener Vicky Cody has sourced many others from other orchards and the festival will showcase more than 100 varieties.
“We want to encourage people to look at the many varieties of apple which exist – the vast majority of which can’t be found in supermarkets. We have eaters, cookers, crab apples and cider apples each of which can be used in a different way,” explains Vicky.
“There are some delightful surprises. We have Devonshire Quarrenden growing in the Snowshill Manor orchard which is a tiny little thing, first recorded back in the 1670s. Barely an inch in diameter and deep red, it is somehow packed with flavour, a bright little thing which is quite unexpected for its size.”
Visitors will be able taste apples in pies, puddings, sausages and chutney in the manor’s tea rooms and there will be demonstrations of apple juicing by a cider maker, talks on successful apple growing and a glass-fronted bee hive on show.
• Snowshill Apple Festival runs from Friday October 16 to Sunday October 18 2015 from 11am to 5pm. Normal admission prices apply. More information is available at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshillmanor