Enjoy a Core-ker of a Tatton Apple Day! | Knutsford Times

Enjoy a Core-ker of a Tatton Apple Day!

By on October 11, 2009

Get to the core of arguably Britain’s finest fruit and help us celebrate National Apple Day, our autumn harvest and the start of the half term.

Tatton’s gardens will be blossoming with apple-tastic activities.  Our younger visitors will be able to ‘meet’ the Giant Cook and pin their favourite apple recipes to her skirts, join in apple printing games and pip each other to the post in the hunt for the Giant Alphabet Apples.

There is plenty to whet the appetites of our older visitors too.  One of Tatton’s senior gardening team will be conducting free, hour long talks about pruning and training of fruit trees and what makes a successful orchard (limited spaces, book-able on the day).

They will also be scrumping some scrumptious varieties for you to try from Tatton’s own specialist orchard.  So if you don’t know your Nobby Russett from your Red Peasgood Nonsuch, now is the time to find out!

Sam Youd, Gardens Manager commented “there really is nothing tastier than produce from your own gardens, but if you don’t have quite as big a plot as we do, why not come along on the 18th to sample some our finest fruits!”

With over 60 heritage varieties of apples, the majority of them from Cheshire, Tatton’s orchard is one of the most diverse in the region. Restored in the last few years, this historic orchard has now been placed back into the heart of the gardens and is managed with traditional practices. 

Traditionally, Tatton’s orchard would have been harvested in autumn and the fruit carefully laid out in apple stores to provide essential nutrients and vitamins throughout the winter to estate staff and residents. Today, Tatton’s produce is sold in the Garden Shop and used in the Restaurant and is also enjoyed by staff and our dedicated volunteer team.

Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to visit Tatton this half term weekend, not least to enjoy over 50 acres of Tatton’s Gardens in their glorious full autumn colour.  The Stables Restaurant is also planning a delicious apple-inspired menu including Tatton Orchard Apple and Harlech Cheese Tart and the inimitable Apple and Blackberry Crumble; and the Housekeeper’s Store will be hosting tasting of apple juice and Christmas puddings.   

Sam Youd, Gardens Manager commented “We are really keen to be able to show off and promote the special local varieties which we take such pride in cultivating here at Tatton.  Let’s hope Tatton Apple Day will tempt people into growing and eating more than Golden Delicious!”

Tatton Apple Day:  in the Gardens, Sunday 18th October.  11am – 5pm (last entry 4pm.  Prices: Adult £4.50, Child £2.50, Family £11.50 ( 2 adults and up to 3 children).

Adult Courses on Sunday 18th: Enjoy free one hour courses on pruning and training.  At 12pm & 2pm.  (Book at Garden Entrance on the day, 1st come, first served. Maximum 25 people per hour).

£4.50 Park entry, per car, including National Trust

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