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We are GIVING AWAY four pairs of Adult tickets to the Apple Festival on 18 & 19 October! All you have to do to enter is follow us on twitter @Apple_Festival and retweet our tweets! Simple! Good Luck!
Falconry Display
Don't miss these beautiful birds of prey in flight throughout the weekend. Talk to the keepers and have your photo taken with these fantastic animals. Show times: 12:30 & 14:30
Archery
Joe's Bows will be giving you the chance to test your Robin Hood Skills in the Archery corner! Small price per go.
FREE Festival Games
Try your hand at wellie wanging, bouncy hopper racing, apple bobbing, longest apple peel and other festive games, all for free!
Meet Barney, Matilda & their Friends!
Happy Endings Rescue provide sanctuary for unwanted and ill-treated animals, young and old, and rehabilitate them with a view to finding their forever home. They will be bringing some of their lovely animals for you to meet including Barney and Matilda the Donkeys.
Pie Eating Competitions!
Apple Fest's Tasty Competitions!
Test your gobbling power in our adults Apple Pie Eating Competitions! Running at 12pm, 2pm and 3pm followed by a children's more modest Eating Competition! All no hand of course!
Jumbo Gumbo
Playing: Saturday (Midday)
Nothing stopped this band jamming at last year’s Apple Festival, even the never ending rain, so we just had to ask them to come back and play in the sunshine (hopefully)! You won’t be able to stop your foot tapping as you enjoy music and your lunch! MORE...
Swampduck Music
Playing: Sunday (Midday)
Swampduck band has diverse influences including rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, surf, classical, and folk. It is guitar-led music that pays tribute to the musical geniuses who have helped evolve their love of listening to, playing, and performing fun songs to anyone who will listen!
SHOP: Kent Chilli Farm
With more than 40 chilli varieties and over 3000 plants. Come see or buy, plants, fresh and dried chillies and seeds along with some tasty sauces, jams and chutneys.
EAT: Paul Babra
Vegans, Veggies or meat lovers, Paul and his team will be cooking up an authentic range of home cooked Samosas, Curries, Chutneys galore, snacks and spice mix to tickle your taste buds! Paul will also be running alfresco cooking demonstrations from our mobile kitchen at 11:30 and 14:30 so don't miss out!
SHOP: Potash Farm
Cobnuts, Preserves and lots more from Potash Farm.
EAT: Hog Roast
In the centre of the festival will be a succulent spit roasted pork for you to enjoy with with crisp crackling and apple sauce! A great choice to enjoy with your fresh local cider!
SHOP: Amos Country Kitchen
With the best range of chutneys, jams and sauces you will ever see, Richenda will have something for EVERY tastebud, whether its to go on bread or enjoyed with cheese or wine!
EAT: Bessie's Tea Time Treats
Bessie will be serving up some delicious tea time goodies for you to enjoy with a good ol' cup of tea from a vintage tea cup!
SHOP: Small Green Boutique
Ladies, do you like shopping? Then make sure you visit Small Green Boutique; a one stop shop for everything beautiful! The latest ladies fashions, Shoes, Scarves, Costume Jewellery and much much more!
EAT: Real Pasta
Fresh, homemade pasta and gourmet sauces ranging from traditional tomato and carbonara sauces, through to a hearty meatball sauce and spicy chorizo ragu; a great choice with your frosty cider!
SHOP: Fruit Trees
Buy fruit trees and other plants from the grow garden centre, open all weekend.
EAT: Little Brittany Crepes
Little Brittany will be serving up a variety of sweet and savoury, gluten and lactose free crepes made fresh to order. Delish!
SHOP: Traditional Intentions
All of the products on offer at Traditional Intentions are lovingly handmade in the garden of England using years of experience and passion in a varied array of crafts. You will find moisturising oils such as Coconut and Olive along with other ingredients such as oats, beeswax and honey to name only a few!
DRINK: Cafe Couture
Choose between one of cafe couture's delicious coffees, teas, smoothies or milkshakes!
SHOP: Canterbury Beekeepers
The Canterbury Beekeepers will be joining us to talk about bees and show off their observation hive as well as selling delicious honey and other hive products!
EAT: Oldspots Halloumi Grill
The ‘Old Spots’ boys build, what some would say, the best burgers out there! Why not try their metric tonne burger and let them know what you think!
SHOP: Craft & Produce
There will be a lovely range of local craft and produce stalls for you to browse throughout your day!
FREE Children's Craft
Get creative and crafty with apple themed activities for the whole family to make and take home, all run by fantastic children’s workers 'Handcrafted Events'.
FREE Face Painting
Get your face painted for FREE and spend the day looking like a tiger! What's not to enjoy!? 
Kite Making & Kite Flying
(small charge per kite) The Kent Kite Flyers will be giving you the chance to make and fly your very own kite (weather permitting for flying). They will also be flying an impressive display of their own kites. Look out for their giant kites too - Penguin, Welsh Dragon Tiger & More!
Miniature Train Rides
(small charge per go) - The Faversham Miniature Railway will be running all weekend and the 15 minute ride around our beautiful orchards is something not to be missed!
FREE Festival Games
Try your hand at wellie wanging, bouncy hopper racing, apple bobbing, longest apple peel and other festive games, all for free!
Meet Barney, Matilda & their Friends!
Happy Endings Rescue provide sanctuary for unwanted and ill-treated animals, young and old, and rehabilitate them with a view to finding their forever home. They will be bringing some of their lovely animals for you to meet including Barney and Matilda the Donkeys.
FREE Orchard Tours
It’s what we are all about after all! So make sure you take time to have a peek at our beautiful orchards, see where the apples start their life and find out all about the history of our impressive collection!

Included in your ticket price!
Self-guided walks are not available during the Festivals.
FREE Talks & Demos
Talks and demos will be taking place all weekend across the whole festival.

11:00 - Sausage Making Demonstration
Watch the Brogdale butchers at work making some of the best local sausages.
Location: Packhouse

11:00 - Fruit Trees - Pest & Disease
David from Grow will be sharing his knowledge on how to control pests and diseases on your fruit trees at home.
Location: Grow Greenhouse

11:00 - Micro Brewery Talk
Peter Meany will be offering an insight into the world of micro brewing at his brewery in the heart of the festival.
Location: Mad Cat Brewery

11:30 - Cooking with Apples & Spices
Using local ingredients and spices from his own range, Paul Babra will be demonstrating how to incorporate apple and spice into a tasty meal.
Location: Food Area

11:30 - Wood Turning Demonstration

12:00 - Sausage Making Demonstration
Watch the Brogdale butchers at work making some of the best local sausages.
Location: Packhouse

12:30 - A Brief History of Cheese making
The cheese shed master will be offering his expertise and giving you an insight to the history of cheese making.
Location: TBC

13:00 - Sausage Making Demonstration
Watch the Brogdale butchers at work making some of the best local sausages.
Location: Packhouse

14:00 - Sausage Making Demonstration
Watch the Brogdale butchers at work making some of the best local sausages.
Location: Packhouse

14:00 - Micro Brewery Talk
Peter Meany will be offering an insight into the world of micro brewing at his brewery in the heart of the festival.
Location: Mad Cat Brewery

14:30 - Wood Turning Demonstration

14:30 - Cooking with Apples & Spices
Using local ingredients and spices from his own range, Paul Babra will be demonstrating how to incorporate apple and spice into a tasty meal.
Location: Food Area

15:00 - Sausage Making Demonstration
Watch the Brogdale butchers at work making some of the best local sausages.
Location: Packhouse

15:30 - A Brief History of Cheese making
The cheese shed master will be offering his expertise and giving you an insight to the history of cheese making.
Location: TBC
Apple Tasting
Taste a whole range of different flavours and choose your favourite, from sweet to sour, fluffy to crisp, there is something for everyone!
The Apple Display
Enjoy a creative display of around 500 National Fruit Collection apple varieties, designed by our fantastic tour guides! You to be able to view an array of different apples (seasons permitting) and talk to the experts about your own varieties growing at home.
Take Your Favourites Home
Purchase an array of seasonal fruit to take home, cook with and enjoy, all from the collections fruit shop.
Meet the Experts
Advice and knowledge will be available over the whole weekend in our ‘Meet the Experts’ area, so come with questions and you will be sure to find answers! There will also be a good selection of named cherries for you to look at.
And More...
More activities are being added all the time so check back regularly!

Variety: Pitmaston Pineapple


Day Ten Variety: Pitmaston Pineapple
Picked: 08/10/2012

A number of fruits in the Collection were developed with charachteristics of other fruits. When pineapples came into Northern land, growers attempted to reflect the colour and even the taste in apples. One of the most interesting is the Ananas Reinette from the Netherlands. In England the Pitmaston Pineapple was developed in Herefordshire and exhibited and marketed by the Pitmaston Nursery in Worcester. It proved successful and like many other varieties was popularised by the Bunyards in the 1920's and 1930's/ Also from Pitmaston came some distinctive pear varieties, appropriate for Worcestershire.
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Last year on the run up the the Apple Festival, we posted a different variety of Apple to our blog picked from the National Fruit Collection in Kent, the largest fruit collection in the world. You can find out more about the Collection and what it is achieving in Kent here...

Brogdale's Apple Festival is being held on the 18th & 19th October 2014 where, over the course of the weekend, there will be over 200 varieties of Apples and Pears to taste and buy. The festival will also be a buzz with live music, food, produce, stalls and children's activities as well as local ciders and juices for you to enjoy!

Variety: Kidd's Orange Red

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Variety: Kidd's Orange Red
Picked: 08/10/2012

A well known variety from New Zealand named after it's grower. It's parentage is from Cox and the American Delicious. It has been grown in England since the 1930's. Like many southern hemisphere varieties it needs plenty of sunshine and warmth to be at it's best.

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Last year on the run up the the Apple Festival, we posted a different variety of Apple to our blog picked from the National Fruit Collection in Kent, the largest fruit collection in the world. You can find out more about the Collection and what it is achieving in Kent here...

Brogdale's Apple Festival is being held on the 18th & 19th October 2014 where, over the course of the weekend, there will be over 200 varieties of Apples and Pears to taste and buy. The festival will also be a buzz with live music, food, produce, stalls and children's activities as well as local ciders and juices for you to enjoy!

Variety: Altlander Rosenapfel


Variety: Altlander Rosenapfel
Picked: 08/10/2012

Many fruits are grown on the Region of Altland near Hamburg, Germany and it has been an important area for new apple and pear varieties also. Important sorts can be seen and tasted at Brogdale including the cooker Altländer Pfannkuchenapfel which makes a brisk puree. Like the former the Rosenapfel was widely grown by the 1840's. Both appear to have been found by chance and the Rosenapfel has a pretty flush as it name suggests.
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Last year on the run up the the Apple Festival, we posted a different variety of Apple to our blog picked from the National Fruit Collection in Kent, the largest fruit collection in the world. You can find out more about the Collection and what it is achieving in Kent here...

Brogdale's Apple Festival is being held on the 18th & 19th October 2014 where, over the course of the weekend, there will be over 200 varieties of Apples and Pears to taste and buy. The festival will also be a buzz with live music, food, produce, stalls and children's activities as well as local ciders and juices for you to enjoy!

Variety: Ellison's Orange


Variety: Ellison's Orange
Picked: 08/10/2012

Ellison's Orange is a well known apple and is named after the originator, Reverend Ellison in Lincolnshire. It is a cross between Cox and Calville Blanc and is over 100 years old. It is popular in the North and when fully developed has a distinctive aniseed taste.

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Last year on the run up the the Apple Festival, we posted a different variety of Apple to our blog picked from the National Fruit Collection in Kent, the largest fruit collection in the world. You can find out more about the Collection and what it is achieving in Kent here...

Brogdale's Apple Festival is being held on the 18th & 19th October 2014 where, over the course of the weekend, there will be over 200 varieties of Apples and Pears to taste and buy. The festival will also be a buzz with live music, food, produce, stalls and children's activities as well as local ciders and juices for you to enjoy!

Variety: Royal Jubilee


Variety: Royal Jubilee
Picked: 08/10/2012

Appropriate for this year as it is Brogdale's Diamond Jubilee. This variety of apple was Raised by John Graham of Hounslow before 1888 but widely available in Queen Victoria's Jubilee year of 1893 when it was introduced by merryman George Bunyard of Maidstone. When cooked, it keeps it's shape and has a sharp taste. It is popular in Bavaria for use in Apple Recipes and for Processing.

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Last year on the run up the the Apple Festival, we posted a different variety of Apple to our blog picked from the National Fruit Collection in Kent, the largest fruit collection in the world. You can find out more about the Collection and what it is achieving in Kent here...

Brogdale's Apple Festival is being held on the 18th & 19th October 2014 where, over the course of the weekend, there will be over 200 varieties of Apples and Pears to taste and buy. The festival will also be a buzz with live music, food, produce, stalls and children's activities as well as local ciders and juices for you to enjoy!

Variety: Red Blenheim


Variety: Red Blenheim
Picked: 28/09/2012

Many famous varities have ‘sports’ or ‘clones’ where the original has been ‘improved.
The collections have various examples deriving from varities like Cox and Jonathan.
This is a red form of the well known Blenheim Orange.

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Last year on the run up the the Apple Festival, we posted a different variety of Apple to our blog picked from the National Fruit Collection in Kent, the largest fruit collection in the world. You can find out more about the Collection and what it is achieving in Kent here...

Brogdale's Apple Festival is being held on the 18th & 19th October 2014 where, over the course of the weekend, there will be over 200 varieties of Apples and Pears to taste and buy. The festival will also be a buzz with live music, food, produce, stalls and children's activities as well as local ciders and juices for you to enjoy!

Variety: King Russet


Variety: King Russet
Picked: 28/09/2012

There are many Russet types here, from many countries. In England most commercial is Egremont R. (you can try the juice here at Brogdale).

Known as 'Reine des Reinette' in France, it has been grown here since 18th Century. Used in Normandy for cider and in cakes so very versatile.


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Last year on the run up the the Apple Festival, we posted a different variety of Apple to our blog picked from the National Fruit Collection in Kent, the largest fruit collection in the world. You can find out more about the Collection and what it is achieving in Kent here...

Brogdale's Apple Festival is being held on the 18th & 19th October 2014 where, over the course of the weekend, there will be over 200 varieties of Apples and Pears to taste and buy. The festival will also be a buzz with live music, food, produce, stalls and children's activities as well as local ciders and juices for you to enjoy!

Variety: Eden


Variety: Eden
Picked: 28/09/12

A vividly coloured small apple which is very pretty on the tree and has crisp, juicy flesh.

Eden was raised just after the second world war from Cox’s Orange Pippin and John Standish.

John Standish has the same bright colour, was a staple of Victorian and Edwardian garden's and is well worth searching out.
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Last year on the run up the the Apple Festival, we posted a different variety of Apple to our blog picked from the National Fruit Collection in Kent, the largest fruit collection in the world. You can find out more about the Collection and what it is achieving in Kent here...

Brogdale's Apple Festival is being held on the 18th & 19th October 2014 where, over the course of the weekend, there will be over 200 varieties of Apples and Pears to taste and buy. The festival will also be a buzz with live music, food, produce, stalls and children's activities as well as local ciders and juices for you to enjoy!

Variety: Duke of Devonshire


Variety: Duke of Devonshire
Picked: 28/09/2012

A popular variety cultivated by the Duke’s head gardener before 1875 and reached it’s ‘peak’ in Edwardian days. Still available but more important in gardens and small enterprises.

Many apple varities were raised on estates of the gentry. As well as feeding, the household the fruit gained status elsewhere.

You will find other lordly fruits and even regal ones such as Queen Alexandra and King Edward VII, a fine cooking apple.
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Last year on the run up the the Apple Festival, we posted a different variety of Apple to our blog picked from the National Fruit Collection in Kent, the largest fruit collection in the world. You can find out more about the Collection and what it is achieving in Kent here...

Brogdale's Apple Festival is being held on the 18th & 19th October 2014 where, over the course of the weekend, there will be over 200 varieties of Apples and Pears to taste and buy. The festival will also be a buzz with live music, food, produce, stalls and children's activities as well as local ciders and juices for you to enjoy!

Variety: Ingrid Marie


Variety: Ingrid Marie
Picked: 28/09/2012

Although Danish, the 'Ingrid Marie' variety is grown widely in northern Europe and can also be found in this country.
It is a Cox Orange Pippin seedling and originated about 100 years ago.
The pale cream flesh is aromatic and juicy and well worth sampling.

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Last year on the run up the the Apple Festival, we posted a different variety of Apple to our blog picked from the National Fruit Collection in Kent, the largest fruit collection in the world. You can find out more about the Collection and what it is achieving in Kent here...

Brogdale's Apple Festival is being held on the 18th & 19th October 2014 where, over the course of the weekend, there will be over 200 varieties of Apples and Pears to taste and buy. The festival will also be a buzz with live music, food, produce, stalls and children's activities as well as local ciders and juices for you to enjoy!
Getting to the Apple Festival: By Train
Faversham is the closest station to Brogdale. Faversham is just over an hour from London Victoria and London St Pancras.

Getting to the Apple Festival: By Car
Brogdale is conveniently located just 5 minutes from the M2 at Faversham in Kent. For SatNav use the postcode in our address below.

Address
Brogdale Collections
Brogdale Road
Faversham
Kent
ME13 8XZ

Getting to the Apple Festival: By Bus & Foot
A Bus service runs from local areas in Kent and will get you to the A2 at the bottom of Brogdale road, it is then a gentle 15 minute walk to us, once you reach the motorway bridge, we are located just on the other side to the left.

Getting to the Apple Festival: Local Taxis
Starlite taxis are based in Faversham and can be contacted on 01795 591 066 or 01795 591 067.

Having Trouble Finding Us?
We are here to help should you need any help or advice on the best way to get to us, you can contact us on 01795 536 250.


Dogs at the Festival
Dogs are allowed to the festival but must be kept on a lead at all times, being considerate to other members of the public. Dogs will not be permitted on any of the orchard tours.