This free event runs from 11am to 5pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.
Have a thoroughly apple-themed day at our annual seasonal celebration in and around the orchards. The event is FREE (£10 car park) and EVERYONE is welcome.
Want to be involved? It takes an army of cheery, generous volunteers to make Apple Day Brighton happen. There are many ways to help, from fruit picking and pressing apple juice to working in the apple cafe. Sign up to find out about volunteering opportunities throughout the year.
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.
Our harvest celebration draws thousands of people each year to beautiful Stanmer Park, the heart of our organisation.
The full details of Apple Day 2018 will be published nearer the time. For an idea of what to expect, here's the information about Apple Day 2017.
Apple Day Brighton 2017
- Tours of Stanmer Orchards and the Brighton Permaculture Trust plot throughout the day
- Buy delicious homemade 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.
- Brighton Permaculture Trust bar will be proudly serving our very own Stanmer Scrumpy made with apples from our scrumping project.
- 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
- Display of Sussex apple varieties
- Fruit growing advice and tree sales
- Apple identification with expert Steve Oram from the People's Trust for Endangered Species
- Learn more about what Brighton Permaculture Trust does year round at our info point
Fruit Factory & Fresh Juice
The Fruit Factory is 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 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.
Children's Activities 2017
Steve Nutter's funfair is returning once again this year and will be bringing his jolly fun to the green.
Kindlings (Outdoor Play and Education) will be in the orchard hosting a small fire and running activities for children.
Storytelling with Susan Knight and Fleur Shorthouse will include The Legend of Knockgrafton, Soul Cages, and The Laidley Worm to name a few stories.
Throughout the day there will be performances in the orchard and on the green including:
- Gingers School of Dance
- Vox Choir
- The Sussex Folk Orchestra
- Ditchling Morris
- Marta Scott Dance
- Whispering Woods Choir
- Alexi and the Traveller
- Angels with Attitude
- Phelia x Makiaea
Food Stalls 2017
This year's delicious food options have been specially selected to reflect the principles at the heart of Brighton Permaculture Trust's work.
- Community Chef
- Super Natural Catering
- The Real Junk Food Project Brighton
- WhamBam-Mother Bhumi
- Wildside Bar
- Community Oven
- Garlic Wood Farm
- Wild Sussex
- Mavis and Mike's Ice Cream Trike
- Vintage Scoops
- Crocus Paella
- French Revolution
Focusing on Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares, the outlets are working hard to showcase a range of the following:
Sustainable: Local and seasonal, certified organic, pesticide free, holistic farming, non-industrialised, low emission.
Ethical: Sourcing from companies who show respect to people and the environment. Cooperatives and similar will be prioritised over corporations.
Providence labelling and traceability: Inspire people with their source of products through signage, labelling and chatting with folk when they have a minute!
Healthwalks are leading a walk from Moulsecoombe Rail Station at 10:30am, via Wilde Park (Lewes Road bus stop) at 11:00, and arriving at Stanmer at roughly 11:45am. So why not leave the car at home and put on your walking shoes for a fun filled, healthy day. Please note: this is a red level walk - so quite challenging with some hills and a few steep-ish slopes.
The popular Bike Train will be running from the Level in Brighton. Join the stewarded bike ride with others. The Bike Train leaves at 11am and 12 midday from The Level (meet at the corner nearest Elm Grove).
Getting there by public transport:
Take the number 78 bus from Brighton, which runs every half-hour from 10am to 5pm, departing from Old Steine, Brighton Station, Open Market etc.
Get the train to Falmer station, then it's a pleasant 25 minute walk through the park to Apple Day. Trains depart every half-hour from Brighton (9 minutes) and from Lewes (7 minutes). Click here for a train journey planner.
Car Park: £10 per car.
Apple Day Brighton faces a challenge with traffic build-up on the day that has, in previous years, caused traffic queues. In response we are increasing the car parking team this year and planning contingencies to avoid this problem.
Brighton Permaculture Trust supports sustainable transport and wants to promote and encourage use of public transport and alternative means of arriving to the event. The car park fee has increased this year, reflecting our desire to gently encourage our visitors to consider the alternatives.
We need your help! If you'd like to join the team that puts on this wonderful event, we're always seeking volunteers. Sign up to find out about volunteering opportunities throughout the year.
A taste of Apple Day Brighton...
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