Apple Day Brighton

Sunday 27 September 2015
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 and EVERYONE is welcome.

(Can't make it this time? Click here if you would like us to email you when the next Apple Day is scheduled.)

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.

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. Would you like to participate?

We're offering opportunities to advertise your business, hire a stall pitch, contribute to our entertainment offerings and volunteer. Learn more.

Apple Day Brighton proudly presents 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 are expanding our bar this year, so come and enjoy a local cider, ale or apple-inspired cocktails and mocktails
  • Orchard tours throughout the day 
  • Display of Sussex apple varieties 
  • Fruit growing advice and tree sales
  • Apple identification by leading UK expert Joan Morgan 
  • Scything workshop
  • Learn more about what Brighton Permaculture Trust does year round at our info point

Fruit Factory & Fresh Juice

Juicing at Apple Day BrightonOur 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!

Entertainment and Activities

Plumpton College Open Day

Plumpton College has an educational centre in Stanmer Park and will be hosting 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 can even taste a new apple variety raised on site, the Stanmer Pippin!

View the brochure to find out where/when to go.

Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul
Music and Dance

Get those feet tapping and the harvest celebrations in full swing with Sussex Folk Orchestra. Get your dancing feet on with Ditchling Morris and headlining act Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul.

Children's Activities

We welcome 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 will be offering children's craft activities, felting and sewing on the day.

Children and adults alike can have a go at pressing apple juice, an annual favorite at Apple Day!

Food Glorious Food

Community Chef will again be offering tasty cookery demonstrations with free tasters and recipes.

We boast some of the finest catering around from our on-site concessions including:

Stalls and Activities

We have even more locally-based initiatives attending this year. Come and enjoy bee 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 this year so far...

Apple identification

Apple identification at Apple DayIf you wanted to know what the old apple tree in your garden is, then you can ask 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.

Transport Information

Where possible, we recommend using public transport to come to the event in line with our sustainability principles.

Bike facilities

The Bike Train will again be offering fun stewarded bike train services every hour from 11.00 from The Level in Brighton and back again. 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.

Journey planner: Getting to Stanmer Park by bike

Bus services

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

Car parking

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

Train services are available to Falmer Station with a 10-15 min walk to the event through Stanmer Park.

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.

Journey planner: Getting to Stanmer Park by train

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

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Brighton & Hove Food Partnership  Infinity Foods
Brighthelm  Community Chef