(Provisionally ) 10th – 18th October 2020
Like so many other public gatherings, we have had to look carefully at Government recommendations and whether or not we can hold our normal Apple Day celebrations in 2020. It is a great shame but we have decided that we cannot use our normal format and so we need to scale back for a year. Further salt in the wound is that our farm shop was built in 1970 and this year would have been the 50th anniversary. We wont be sitting back and doing nothing!
The primary problems are space and numbers. We are currently limiting the number of people in our shop to ensure social distancing and in such circumstances, it would be difficult to provide a viable weekend for exhibitors at Art in the Barn, so the barns will be empty this year. Instead, we will be trying to spread out other activities over a week and try to avoid crowds and/or queuing. At the same time, we will be doing our best to promote our usual exhibitors online and give details about how you can still view and purchase their works of art.
Rather than concentrating on one weekend, we will be spreading the love of apples over a longer time-frame. This will mean a permanent display of apples over a week and hopefully a range of food to taste each day. Nearer the time we will announce any special activities such as children’s entertainment, tractor rides and ploughing demonstrations, if the weather allows.
Anyone wanting specific apple advice from Jonathan may have to book an appointment via facebook nearer the time. October is still a busy time of the year on the farm and we will be harvesting cider apples and pressing fruit every day, which represents a problem in how much we can organise at the same time. Concentrating Apple Day into one weekend was a much easier task!
Please keep an eye on www.facebook.com/farmshop for announcements nearer the time.