Apple Day at The Folk of Gloucester 23rd of October 2021

Press Release Apple Day at The Folk of Gloucester 23rd of October 2021

Apple Day is a national annual event now in its 31st year. It is not just a celebration of apples and their history but a celebration of the cider industry, too.

The Folk of Gloucester, 99-103 Westgate Street, is once again the hub of this year’s celebration in the city and on Saturday 23rd October will be hosting a variety of events including music, dancing, talks and demonstrations.

Highlights:

  • Over 30 varieties of apple to try that you won’t find in the shops
  • One of the last surviving horse drawn cider mills in the southwest
  • Morris dancing performances in the street and at The Folk from Lassington Oak and Styx from Stroud
  • Lots of children’s activities including an Apple Trail, Apple Press, Apple Twirling
  • Madcap inventions like the apple peeling bike
  • Music from Bygonz, U3A, Shepherds Crook, Gloucester Ukulele, Bristol Waites to name just a few
  • Talks from Martin Hayes of The Gloucestershire Orchard Trust

 

Rosie, The Folk’s regular pony, is pregnant and cannot take part in this years celebration. But thanks to a call out we now have Frank, a five year cob, once described as “the plum stealing pony”, coming to help crush apples into cider. And thanks to Frank, and his owners, it will be fantastic to see the cider mill bought to life.

Marc Waters of the Folk Events team said “Apple day has such a warm atmosphere about it with a great mix of music, dance and of course our special guest this year Frank, the five year old cob helping to turn our fantastic apples in to cider.”

Alex Bailey, Chair of the Folk Project team said, “We are thrilled with our progress since taking on this wonderful venue, however we have a long way to go and supporting this event will help bring life back to the Folk and raise vital funds to continue our progress.

The free event is open from 10am to 4pm. There is something for everyone from cider tasting to activities for the children. The Secret Garden Café will be open serving Fair Trade tea and coffee and homemade delights.

Martin Hayes of The Gloucestershire Orchard Trust will be giving two talks during the day. At 11:30am “Orchard in the Environment, from large fields to balconies there could be a tree for you.”

At 1:30pm “Where does your fruit come from?” A talk based around the book ‘Memories of life as an itinerant’ by Martin Hayes, lighthearted, with a serious edge, look at my experience as an itinerant working the land.

 

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