Apple day at Stanmer Park


Sunday 28 September 2014
11am - 5pm
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Have a thoroughly apple-themed day at our annual seasonal celebration in and around the orchards at Stanmer Park.

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Admission free but please note PARKING FEE £5

Children must be supervised by an adult. Dogs must be kept on a lead.

Apple DayWe will have:

  • The ever popular Apple Café – staffed and cooked for by volunteers, using fruit we scrumped from around Brighton & Hove and quality ingredients donated by Infinity.
  • Orchard tours throughout the day
  • Display of Sussex apple varieties
  • Freshly picked apples from our own and local orchards for sale
  • Traditional press - help juice apples and pears from the orchards and scrumped from Brighton & Hove
  • Apple juice and cider
  • Children's activities
  • Storytelling by returning storyteller Jamie Crawford. Learn about last year's performance of "The Apple Tree Man" here.
  • Storytelling by Lily Sequoia
  • Fruit growing advice
  • Apple identification by leading UK expert Joan Morgan (see below)
  • Cookery demonstrations by the Community Chef with free tasters and recipes
  • Local producers of fruit, nuts, vegetables, wood products and other things
  • QukuleleUkulele band Qukulele - watch for them at 2pm in the café
  • ...and much, much more!

The Stanmer Preservation Society is running a series of photographs about the history of Stanmer village at Stanmer Church on Sunday afternoons, which will be open to all visitors.

A flavour of Normandy at Apple Day

This year, we are joined by a group of students from the Lycee de Sees, an agricultural college in Normandy. Rumour has it that they are going to perform a short play on the theme of Calvados smuggling, in the orchard (but keep that under your hat). Calvados is apple brandy and, until recently, unofficial production on farms was rife.

They will also have a stand with information about the strong orchard tradition in Normandy, where you can taste the produce made at the college: juice, cider vinegar, cider, and possibly even a drop of Calvados.

The students are here thanks to our participation in the project Orchards without Borders, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and Collines Normandes.

Apple identification

If you want to know what the old apple tree in your garden is, then you can ask the expert pomologist and fruit historian Dr Joan Morgan, author of The New Book of Apples. She will be on hand to identify apples. From each tree, bring three or more ripe fruits and a shoot with representative leaves; all must be strong and healthy. The fruit should be in good condition as damaged, misshapen or poor specimens are very difficult to name. If possible, the fruit should be mature and show the characteristic size, shape and colour.

Who's coming to Apple Day 2014?

Confirmed stalls so far for this year:

Location and Travel

Apple Day activities take place near the church and in the orchard behind the farm house.  Please use public transport if you can.  Otherwise, please note that there will be a parking fee of £5.

By bike: The Bike Train will be travelling to Apple Day again this year! Find out how you can join the Bike Train here and enjoy a fun group ride to Stanmer Park.  For more information about cycle paths and cycle hire, click here.

On foot: Join the Orchard to Orchard walk from Racehill Community Orchard to Stanmer Park, a four-mile stroll through lovely countryside.

By bus: Bus #78 is hourly from Brighton via Brighton Station to Stanmer Village. Bus #23, which runs every hour on Sundays, brings people direct from the Marina, Eastern Road, Queens Park Road and Elm Grove areas to the Stanmer Park entrance. Bus #25 from Hove Palmeira Square, Western Road, Old Steine and Lewes Road runs every 12 minutes to the park entrance. Bus #79 stops at Upper Lodges, Ditchling Road, which is a 30-minute walk from where Apple Day will be taking place. For detailed bus directions, click here.

By car: To find out how to get to Stanmer Park by car, click here.

By train: Trains to Falmer, 1 mile away. For more details about getting to Stanmer by train, click here.

To find out how to locate us once you get to Stanmer Park, or for more general directions information, click here.

Sponsors 2014

Infinity foods are generously sponsoring Apple Day again this year.

We are seeking further sponsors – can you help? If so, contact us.

Funders 2014

InterregThank you to the following organisations who have already confirmed they will be making Apple Day 2014 possible:

We need to secure further support to make Apple Day 2014 happen – can you help?

Apple Day 2014 Supporters


A massive thank you to the many dedicated volunteers who make this event possible and are so crucial to the smooth running of this event. Also thank you to all dancers, musicians, performers and storytellers who also performed as volunteers.

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