Gressenhall Apple Day
PUBLISHED: 13:03 13 October 2014
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Apple Day is a wonderful celebration of autumn and the apple harvest.
Why do you take part in Apple Day?
Apple Day is a wonderful celebration of autumn and the apple harvest. At a time when the nights are drawing in, it is an uplifting family event. For Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, it is a brilliant opportunity to work with apple experts, crafts people, dancers, musicians and food producers. It also gives us the chance to have a party with all our visitors before we close for the main season.
What are the highlights?
Apple Day is my favourite event out of all of Gressenhall’s special days. We tend to fill every section of the 50-acre site, from the workhouse to the farm, with stalls, activities and performances, so it’s tricky to pick out highlights. My personal favourites are the live music which fills the courtyard, and the aroma of crushed apples in the presses mixed with hot cinnamon apple punch on sale.
What do visitors enjoy the most?
There are always queues of visitors trying to identify mystery apples growing in their garden, with the help of the team from the East of England Apples and Orchard Project. Our orchard is a reference library of varieties of apples all developed in Norfolk.
Do you have a favourite type of apple?
My favourite is a cooking apple which grows in my garden at home. Thanks to the experts at Gressenhall’s Apple Day, I now know that it is a Norfolk Beauty. It cooks down easily to a purée, needs very little sugar and makes a delicious apple crumble.
Gressenhall celebrates Apple Day on Sunday, October 19. Standard museum admission prices apply. Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Gressenhall, Dereham, NR20 4DR; 01362 860563; www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Gressenhall