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!
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: 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: 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!
Children's Craft
Get creative and crafty with themed activities for the whole family to make and take home, all run by our fantastic children’s workers.
Miniature Train Rides
(small charge per person) - The Faversham Miniature Railway will be running all weekend and the 15 minute ride around our beautiful orchards is something not to be missed!
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.
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 Cider Festival: By Train
Faversham is the closest station to Brogdale. Faversham is just over an hour from London Victoria and London St Pancras. You can then hop on the FREE Shuttle Bus from the station to the Festival and back again at the end of your day.

Getting to the Cider 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 Cider Festival: By Bus and 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 Cider 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.