Celebrate Apple Day in Nottinghamshire
It is said the apple never falls far from the tree, and the town of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, home to one of Britain’s most loved apples; the Bramley, is offering up a host of appealing Bramley events to coincide with official apple day celebrations happening across the county.
A little Bramley History…
The first tree grew from pips planted by a young girl, Mary Ann Brailsford in the 19th Century. When a Mr Bramley bought the house and garden years later, he was approached by Henry Merryweather, who asked for cuttings from the tree. Mr Bramley agreed under the condition that the produce be named after him, and thus the Bramley apple was born.
The original Bramley apple tree which stemmed from Mary Ann’s seeds, is still bearing fruit at over 200 years old, and has become a bit of a global tourist attraction. It can be found in the same garden in Southwell to this day.
Apple Day formally began in 1990 in London, and has grown in popularity to become a nationwide nod to one of the country’s favourite fruits.
Join a host of venues on 20 October across Southwell for the Bramley Apple Festival 2012, with cookery demonstrations, apple pie competitions, painting contests, tours, trails & live music too.
A particular highlight of the festivities will be the Bramley apple festival of food and drink at Southwell Minster, with over thirty food and drink stands in the nave; tempting you with a variety of sweet and savoury local produce. The festival will be open between 10-4, with an entrance free of £1.50 donation (over 18s only).
Whilst in Southwell, you could also pop in to Newfield Dairy Ice Cream Parlour & Cafe for a delicious twist on a traditional dessert, including apple & cinnamon, and apple & cinder toffee. Look out for the Newfield Dairy Ice Cream trailer at the festival too!
Southwell isn’t the only Notts destination to be celebrating the humble apple. Clumber Park will be hosting an Apple Festival with apples for sale, produce to sample and games to enjoy. The event will be held on Saturday 20 October between 12-4.
If you want to honour the apple festivities yourself, why not pick up some apples from one of Nottinghamshire’s local farm shops including Welbeck or Gonalston? Or be gifted a bag of delicious windfalls from the fruit laden trees of Oak Tree House B&B, when staying as a guest.