fenton-houseBlink and you’ll have missed it. Summer has flown, and already the light has changed and those soft autumn hues are starting to appear; and if you have an apple tree in your garden, you’ll also notice the lovely tang they add to the autumn air on crisp mornings as the windfalls gently thud to the earth.

For those of you who entertain a real love affair with orchard fruits, and apples in particular, then you don’t want to miss the Fenton House & Garden Apple Weekend. Running over the weekend of the 1st & 2nd October, from 11am – 5pm, this celebrated annual event is a wonderful way to usher in the cooler seasons.

There will be plenty of produce to try, including heritage apple varieties, as well as cider and cocktails, hot food and lawn games for the children (big kids included!). Of course, the real star of this festival is the 300 year old orchard, which houses Fenton’s collection of 32 heritage varieties, and must surely be one of the oldest orchards in the UK. There is also a walled garden, kitchen garden and sunken rose garden to explore.

Adult entry is £9.00 and children cost £4.00, though national trust members go free. Parking is very limited so please explore your transport options. For full information see the National Trust website link – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fenton-house-and-garden

More Apple festivals in the South East apple-avatar-large-1-280x280

Brogdale National Fruit Collections  (Kent) – Apple Festival 15th & 16th October (www.brogdalecollections.org)

Blackmoor Estate Apple Tasting (Liss, Hampshire) – Apple Tasting 9th October (www.blackmoorestate.co.uk)

Got your own apples to press? Visit Swan Barn Farm (Haselmere, Surrey) this Saturday 24th September for their Community Apple Pressing Day (www.nationaltrust.org.uk)