A Gressenhall tradition; celebrate the best of autumn with all things appley – pressing, tasting, buying and naming – on Sunday, 16 October, 2016.
If you’ve always wondered what that ‘mystery’ apple tree in your garden or orchard is, then Gressenhall’s Apple Day was the event for you as experts from The East of England Apple and Orchard Project were here to help. There was also a chance to taste some of the very best apples in Norfolk, whole or pressed as juice or even cider.
The site was filled with music, from ‘Broadside Boys’ playing traditional English folk tunes and with lively performances from the dancers of Golden Star Morris to entertain the crowds.
There was also the tale of the ‘Grayte Wyrm of Gressenhall’, a dragon that just loves to eat apples, with special performances from the ‘Fools Puppet Theatre Companie’.
In Art Attack you, or the kids, could make beautiful stain glass apple decorations.
The Grand Apple Day Parade was at 3.15pm, and a chance to wassail around our orchard with over 30 varieties of apples discovered, raised or developed in Norfolk.
On Gressenhall Farm, the steam thresher was separating the cereal grains from the stalks, and the was also a chance to see what our Suffolk Punch horses were doing in the fields.
There were lots of opportunities to buy direct from local producers of apple juices, ciders, cakes and autumnal preserves and chutneys.
Local artists and craftspeople were demonstrating and selling their wares including jewellery, willow baskets, crochet crafts, paintings and original prints.
There was also a blacksmith from Westfield Forge and green workers demonstrationing their skills and pole lathe turning.
All in all, despite a damp start, the day turned out to be lots of fun and autumnal celebrations for all the family.