Apple Day returns to Cockington Court in Torquay on Sunday 15 October between 11am and 4pm with free entry to the public.
The annual event will have a wide range of activities to entertain the whole family including arts and crafts; live music by Chloe Anne Marie, Samantha Montini and Rod Scott; an apple-inspired baking competition; church service; and over 40 market stalls selling food, drinks and crafts. The on-site Seven Dials Café will also be serving hot and cold food and drink all day.
There will also be some new additions to this year’s event, including Lego and crafts workshops, face painting by award-winning face painter Bex FX Body art, and hair braiding.
A traditional apple press on the front lawn will be the star attraction with Gerry Stuart and his demonstrators turning apples into juice and describing how to transform the juice into delicious homemade scrumpy. Visitors can also bring their own apples for pressing, for a small donation.
Those wanting to take part in the popular ‘Taste Off’ baking competition should bring along their baked apple creations at 11 am for judging. All apple-inspired baking is welcome including cakes, jams and tray bakes.
Marissa Wakefield, Director of Cockington Court who is leading the event, said: ‘‘Apple Day is a wonderful event for the whole family. It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate autumn, experience the beautiful surroundings of Cockington Court and enjoy the many stalls and activities on offer.
‘‘As always, the event is free to enter and there’s no need to book in advance. Parking is limited so we do ask that people car share, cycle or walk wherever possible. There will also be an Apple Day shuttle bus running throughout the day which people can catch from the Strand in Torquay. With so much planned, we hope to see lots of people there!’’
Alongside Apple Day activities, resident Cockington Court makers will be showcasing their creative skills in their studios, providing visitors with the opportunity to learn about their craft and purchase their creations.
Visitors can also explore the free, space-themed Sculpture Trail which runs until the end of October. The trail features 29 diverse sculptures located around the Manor House and grounds.
In preparation for the event, volunteers are needed to harvest apples from the Cockington Orchard on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October. To take part, simply go to the front of the Manor House of Cockington Court at 10am on the Saturday and/or Sunday where a member of staff will meet you.
Special thank you to Cockington Church and Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust who have helped to organise the Apple Day event alongside Cockington Court.
For more information visit cockingtoncourt.org/events/apple-day/
Cockington Court Centre of Creativity is operated by TDA as both a visitor attraction and an innovation centre to cultivate art, culture, and local talent, supporting small local creative businesses.