Sunday 27 September 2015
This free event ran from 11am to 5pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.
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Apple Day Brighton, hosted by Brighton Permaculture Trust, has been growing annually from strength to strength and has quickly become established as an annual date for the diary. Get the 2015 poster.
Each year Apple Day Brighton is organised and delivered by a large committed team comprising the core trustees, a sizable key management team and around 100 enthusiastic volunteers.
We offer opportunities to advertise your business, hire a stall pitch, contribute to our entertainment offerings and volunteer. Learn more.
Apple Day Brighton 2015 proudly presented a bumper year of harvest filled fun...
Brighton Permaculture Trust Activities
- Buy delicious homemade and French produce from our own stall. You won't be able to resist our chutneys, preserves, ciders, juice and of course freshly picked APPLES from our own and local orchards
- 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 Foods
- We expanded our bar, so come and enjoy a local cider, ale or apple-inspired cocktails and mocktails
- Orchard and plot tours throughout the day
- Display of Sussex apple varieties
- Sussex fruit tasting
- Fruit growing advice and tree sales
- Apple identification with Jim Arbury
- Scything workshop
- Learn more about what Brighton Permaculture Trust does year round at our info point
Fruit Factory & Fresh Juice
Our all new Fruit Factory is being built – hooray! The Fruit Factory will provide a home to the scrumping project, allowing us to process up to 40 tons of unwanted fruit from local gardens and orchards into delicious products while talking to the passing public about what truly local food is all about.
Come and see how progress is going, have a go at using our traditional press, and watch our team make huge quantities of juice throughout the day from apples from our orchards and scrumped from Brighton & Hove. Enjoy a cup of the freshest pressed juice to quench your thirst!
If you wanted to know what the old apple tree in your garden is, then you could ask Jim Arbury, who has carried out all aspects of fruit growing for the RHS Garden Wisley for over 30 years and is involved in fruit identification at the four RHS Gardens.
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.
Entertainment and Activities
Buzz Club in the Orchard
A group of researchers from the University of Sussex showcased their studies on pollinator ecology and conservation - including how to make a bee nest for your garden, how to identify different species of bee, the importance of pollinators in an orchard setting, and to discuss how you can get involved in important pollinator research via the Buzz Club.
Stanmer Nursery special open day
Just past Stanmer House, on the left, you will find a hidden gem in the old walled kitchen garden of Stanmer Park. Stanmer Nursery has been producing plants for our city's parks since the 1950s and now offers home-grown plants for the public to buy. Come and see the glasshouses and perhaps buy a fruit tree or bush on sale for a special Apple Day Brighton discount of 20%!
Plumpton College Open Day
Plumpton College has an educational centre in Stanmer Park and hosted a special open day as part of the event. Listen to Gardener's Questions at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30pm. Come and see Grafting Demonstrations at 12, 2 and 4pm. You could even taste a new apple variety raised on site, the Stanmer Pippin!
View the brochure to find out where/when to go.
Music and Dance
We welcomed back the traditional funfair rides, courtesy of Steve Nutter Old Time Funfair.
Come rest under the eaves of the apple trees in our orchard and enjoy tales of old and new told by Lily Rose Sequoia and the Guesthouse Storytellers, including an unusual version of Cinderella.
Brighton Steiner School offered children's craft activities, felting and sewing on the day, while free art activities for children, including t-shirt design, were found at the Cultures Club stall. Children could enjoy sand painting at Rainbow Sand.
Children and adults alike could have a go at pressing apple juice, an annual favorite at Apple Day!
Food Glorious Food
We boasted some of the finest catering around from our on-site concessions including:
- Cosmic Caravan
- Crocus Paella
- French Revolution Crepes
- Garlic Wood Farm
- Mother Bhumi
- Troll's Pantry
- Vintage Scoops
Stalls and Activities
We had even more locally-based initiatives attending in 2015. You could ee pollination talks and demos, arts and craft activities, and lots for sale including produce and eco themed items. Plus, learn about vital services and projects in your area. Attending in 2015...
- Animals Asia Brighton
- Bee Cosmetics
- Black Pig Orchards
- Blackman Bee Farm
- Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
- Brighton Steiner School
- College of Naturopathic Medicine
- Compassion Brighton and Hove
- Compassion in World Farming
- Cultures Club
- Go Green Products
- HEDGEwitch Foraged Fine Foods
- Hugletts Wood Farm Animal Sanctuary
- I am Natural
- Infinity Foods
- The Luddite
- Modern Trugs Ltd
- Nice Nuts Naturally
- Plumpton College
- Racehill Community Orchard
- Ruths of Cooksbridge
- Sparkes Family Products
- Stanmer Organics
- Sussex Badger Vaccination Project
- Sussex Green Living
- Sussex Wildlife Trust
- Sussex Woodsman
- Wild Sussex
- The Willow Workshop
Where possible, we recommend using public transport to come to the event in line with our sustainability principles.
The Bike Train offered fun stewarded bike train services to Stanmer Park departing at 11am and noon from The Level in Brighton. Return times are 3pm, with an additional 4pm departure if there's enough demand. Make use of their Bike Park Hub in Stanmer to lock up your bike, refresh yourself at their cafe stall, or see to a bike injury at their bike repair point. Join the Bike Train.
Journey planner: Getting to Stanmer Park by bike
Brighton and Hove bus #78 is available to and from Brighton. We have scheduled an additional bus to this service for the event day to increase services to two per hour.
Journey planner: Getting to Stanmer Park by bus
Public attending the event by vehicle will need to pay £5 parking in our designated temporary car park. All donations go towards funding the event.
Journey planner: Getting to Stanmer Park by car
Train services are available to Falmer Station with a 10-15 min walk to the event through Stanmer Park.
Journey planner: Getting to Stanmer Park by train
Walk to Apple Day
Join Relaxing Walk for a 7.5 mile walk across the beautiful South Downs, starting from Plumpton Station. You'll enjoy sweeping views across East Sussex as you walk to Apple Day Brighton, where you will enjoy a welcoming glass of apple juice and a dedicated relaxation space. The cost for non-members is a £10 donation to Brighton Permaculture Trust, which you can pay on the day. Find out more.
Ways to get involved
We're reaching out to individuals, organisations and businesses to help us make this the best Apple Day Brighton ever.
We're offering opportunities to advertise in our first ever Apple Day Press, hire a stall pitch at the event, add to our entertainment offerings, or get your hands dirty volunteering.
If you're interested in getting more involved, head on over to our Sponsorship page, which will explain all the ways you or your organisation can participate.
Sponsors of Apple Day Brighton
Partners of Apple Day Brighton
Supporters of Apple Day Brighton