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

Enjoy a Core-ker of a Tatton Apple Day!

By on September 27, 2012

Peel yourself away from home on Sunday, October 7 and join in Tatton’s Apple Day festivities.

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

Tatton’s gardens and farm will be blossoming with apple-tastic activities.  In the gardens our younger visitors will be able to take part in apple printing games and pip each other to the post in our busy bee activity trail!

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

The gardeners will also be scrumping some scrumptious varieties for you to try from Tatton’s specialist orchard.  If you don’t know your ‘Nobby russett’ from your ‘red peasgood nonsuch’, now is the time to find out.

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 in the walled kitchen garden 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.

At the farm visitors will be able to meet our orchard pig, Gertie the Gloucester old spot and take part in apple-themed games and children’s craft activities.

Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to visit Tatton this autumn, 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 and the shops will be selling apple produce.

Tatton’s Head Gardener Simon Tetlow said……..’The apple, like no other fruit, takes us back to our childhoods, whether scrumping, bobbing or scoffing, their taste and diversity is unmatched by any other fruit. The real joy of apple day is seeing the next generation enjoy them as much as the last.

Tatton Apple Day takes place at the gardens and farm, Sunday, October 7.

Single attraction entry: adult £5.50, child £3.50 (4-15 years), family £14.50 (two adults and up to three children).  Totally Tatton tickets (entry to Mansion, Gardens and Farm): adult £10, child £5, family £25.  National Trust members pay 50% entry to the Farm. £5 Park entry, per car, including National Trust members.

Gardens are open 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm).
Farm is open 12pm-5pm (last entry 4pm).

Adult Courses on Sunday, 7 October: Enjoy free one hour courses on pruning and training apple trees.  Courses take place at 12pm and 2pm.  (Book at garden entrance on the day, first come, first served. Maximum 25 people per course).

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