Sunday 27 September 2015
11am - 5pm
Have a thoroughly apple-themed day at our annual seasonal celebration in and around the orchards at Stanmer Park. Children and families welcome!
(Can't make it this time? Click here if you would like us to email you when the next Apple Day is scheduled.)
Admission free but please note PARKING FEE £5
Children must be supervised by an adult. Dogs must be kept on a lead.
Here's what happened at Apple Day Brighton 2014:
- 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
- Storyteller Jamie Crawford returns to tell the story about "The Apple Tree Man"
- Storytelling by Lily Sequoia
- Fruit growing advice
- Apple identification by leading UK expert Joan Morgan (see below)
- Community Chef cookery demonstrations with free tasters and recipes
- Local producers of fruit, nuts, vegetables, wood products and other things
- Ukulele band Qukulele
- ...and much, much more!
The Stanmer Preservation Society ran a series of photographs about the history of Stanmer village at Stanmer Church on Sunday afternoons, which was open to all visitors.
Children's activities at Apple Day Brighton 2014
Cultures Club had three activities planned:
- Treasure hunt in the morning, involving finding coloured painted apples around the park using our interactive maps. There were apple prizes for those who found them.
- T-shirt apple drawings in the morning at the stall
- Drawing and painting at the stall in the afternoon
Lily Sequoia and Jamie Crawford did storytelling in the orchard at 2pm and 4pm respectively, while Andrea and others did ambulant storytelling around the site throughout the day.
There were also some traditional funfair rides courtesy of Steve Nutter Old Time Funfair.
A flavour of Normandy at Apple Day Brighton
For our Apple Day 2014, we were joined by a group of students from the Lycee de Sees, an agricultural college in Normandy, who performed a short play on the theme of Calvados smuggling, in the orchard. Calvados is apple brandy and, until recently, unofficial production on farms was rife.
They also had a stand with information about the strong orchard tradition in Normandy, where you could taste the produce made at the college: juice, cider vinegar, cider, and possibly even a drop of Calvados.
The students were here thanks to our participation in the project Orchards without Borders, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and Collines Normandes.
We also showed our new wonderful exhibition, a collaborative production with our French partners.
This exhibition - printed on strong and sustainable hemp fabric, using non-toxic inks - is one of the lasting legacies of the Orchards without Borders project. It is available for hire for other locations and explains all you ever wanted to know about orchards in Normandy and Sussex, including history, apple varieties, wildlife, cider and juice, cookery, pruning, grafting, insects and diseases.
If you wanted to know what the old apple tree in your garden is, then you could ask the expert pomologist and fruit historian Dr Joan Morgan, author of The New Book of Apples. She was 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 came to Apple Day Brighton 2014
The following stalls were at Apple Day:
- Ashurst Organics
- Bee Cosmetics
- The Big Fig
- Bike Train
- Black Pig Orchards' smashing cider
- Brighton College of Naturopathic Medicine
- Brighton Peace and Environment Centre
- Care Coops
- Compassion Brighton & Hove
- Cosmic Caravan
- Cultures Club free kids' activities
- Face Painting with Angela Freebury
- Daniel Jon Griffiths (Artist and blacksmith)
- French Revolution
- Garlic Wood Farm
- Groundwork South
- Mother Bhumi's delicious bhajias and pakoras
- Plumpton College
- Ruths of Cooksbridge's splendid cupcakes
- Sew me up
- Stanmer Organics
- Steve Nutter Old Time Funfair
- Sussex Badger Vaccination Project
- Sussex Green Living
- Sussex Ornithological Society
- Sussex Wildlife Trust
- Sussex Woodsman
- Trolls Pantry
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 traveled 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.
The people and organisations who made Apple Day happen
Infinity foods generously sponsored Apple Day again in 2014.
Thank you to the following organisations who helped make Apple Day 2014 possible:
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.
- Brighton and Hove Food Partnership
- Stanmer Orchard Group
For further information, please contact us.