11am to 5pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton
Have a thoroughly apple-themed day at our annual seasonal celebration in and around the Stanmer orchards. The event is FREE and EVERYONE is welcome.
(There is a £10 car park fee - see transport options at the bottom of the page)
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 serving cider on the day. You can sign up to help on the day here, or sign up to our volunteer mailing list find out about other opportunities to help out before and after the event, plus other volunteering opportunities throughout the year.
It’s a village fair style day out for all ages with tours of the orchards, live music, dance and storytelling and entertainment for kids; there’s a fun fair, walks in Stanmer woods and they can have a go at making their own apple juice.
You can peruse local craft, book, and produce stalls, see first-hand heritage and environmental sites and projects, and you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy locally produced cider, and a variety of foods from sustainable ethical suppliers.
Brighton Permaculture Trust Activities
- Orchard and plot tours throughout the day
- Apple Identification with RHS expert Jim Arbury – bring your own apples and find out what variety they are
- Learn more about Brighton Permaculture Trust and how to make your life more sustainable at our Info point
- Fruit tree sales, fruit growing advice and a display of Sussex apple varieties
- Scything workshops
- Plant sales - edible perennials, grown by volunteers on our Stanmer Organics Permaculture demonstration plot
- Apples and produce for sale – You won't be able to resist our chutneys, preserves, ciders and juice; apple pies made using fruit we scrumped from around Brighton & Hove and quality ingredients donated by Infinity Foods; freshly picked APPLES for sale from our own and local orchards
- The bar will be selling Brighton Permaculture Trust cider and juice all produced on site
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 with apples from our orchards and scrumped from Brighton & Hove. Enjoy a cup of the freshest pressed juice to quench your thirst.
Do you have fruit going spare each year? Get in touch if you would like to donate your fruit to Brighton Permaculture Trust: contact us
View the full programme here.
All day activities
You can peruse Stanmer Preservation Society bookstore and find out what the ancient, and ridiculously deep, Stanmer Donkey wheel was used for. Go on a walking history of tour of Stanmer Orchards and find out why our Sussex apples are so important.
Find out how to grow food with minimal effort on a Plot Tour, and check out eco building at the Earthship. See how fish and plants can be growing together in a greenhouse ecosystem at Aquaponics Life or check out our Scything demos in the Home Farm Orchard. Get involved with apple juicing at the Fruit Factory, or visit our bike experts to give your faithful steed a tune up with the Bike Hub and The Bike Tailor.
Music and Dance
Get moving. There’s a style of dance for everyone:
- Children’s Dance Group
- Ginger’s School of Dance
- Ditchling Morris & Cuckoos Nest Morris Dancers
- Rio dancing with Marta Scott Dance.
Music to get your feet tapping or just chill out and enjoy:
- We Bop Choir
- Alexi and the Traveller
- Sussex Folk Orchestra Vox Choir
- Silver strings
Storytelling and Children’s activities
We welcome the story of The Three Golden Apples: stories of nature and apples, from the South Downs Storytellers, and Family friendly stories and Apple themed Folklore presented by Fleur Shorthouse. And our own wonderful Polly is running child friendly/seasonal activities, storytelling and songs around a small fire at a special area in our Home Farm orchard – magical.
Back again this year are the traditional funfair rides, courtesy of Steve Nutter Old Time Funfair.
AND THERE’S MORE! …. Call in at the Info stall on the day for updates to the above list
Do you have an acoustic, storytelling, family friendly or environmentally interactive activity you would like to share? Get in touch for next year contact us
Food Stalls 2018
The delicious line up of local, sustainable, and ethical yummy offerings!
These are all served up in compostable food trays so keep your eyes open for our cunningly placed waste bins when you’ve finished - drop it into the right one! !
- Super Natural Catering - Vegan hotdogs, burgers, stews and sarnies
- The Real Junk Food Project Brighton - Curries, rice and flatbread
- WhamBam-Mother Bhumi - Vegetarian and vegan Pakoras and nibbles
- Olly's Fish Shack - Fish and chips
- Garlic Wood Farm - Pulled pork in buns
- Gorilla Kitchen - Pizza
- Wild Sussex - Wild Venison Burgers
- Mavis and Mike's Ice Cream Trike - Ice cream
- Vintage Scoops - Ice cream
- Crocus Paella Paella
- French Revolution - Crepes
- Whirled Espresso Bar - Coffee, tea, snacks
And Stanmer House will also be offering up a special menu of local and seasonal goodies on the day. Call in to find out what’s on offer.
These delicious food options are specially selected to reflect the principles at the heart of Brighton Permaculture Trust's work to inspire people to choose low emission, and low waste, seasonal local products that promote diversity and resilience in the environment. Have a chat with our vendors if you have chance!
- Barcombe Nurseries
- Bee Cosmetics
- Bee in the Woods
- Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
- Brighton Butter
- Compassion in World Farming
- Foodini Club
- Hare and Tabor
- HEDGEwitch Foraged Fine Foods
- I am Natural
- Infinity Foods
- The Luddite
- Peacehaven Community Orchard
- Rob's Woodlands
- Ruths of Cooksbridge
- Sacred Seeds;
- Sew Me Up
- Stanmer Organics
- Stanmer Park Restoration Project/HLF
- The Mother Tree
- The Woodland Trust
- Wild Garden Emporium
Enjoy your day!
We hope for beautiful September weather, and have been lucky these past 12 years! Do check the weather beforehand and bring sunscreen and hats, and umbrellas and boots as needed to enjoy your day to the max.
We expect around 8,000 people to the event and so it’s a busy day for traffic around the alternative road system we have in place for pedestrians. Please be patient, watch out for pedestrians, and arrive early to avoid queues!
Bring a refillable water bottle. Our food vendors are discouraged from bringing plastic, and a water point is available for re-fills on site. For more information about waste reduction around the city our Waste Station stall has all the most up to date info, call in and see what you can do.
Bring a rug. We have some chairs and tables but consider bringing your own blanket or rug to truly relax down and soak up the atmosphere.
We provide festival toilets on the day, as well as toilets specifically with baby changing facilities and for those with additional mobility requirements, as well as a block of urinals.
Please note that Stanmer House toilets are for their customers only, however there are also the permanent public toilets in Stanmer Village available for use on the day, and a composting toilet up at Stanmer Organics if you go on a plot or Earthship tour!
Parking: £10 per car.
If you have additional mobility needs, we have a limited number of free spaces available for blue badge holders at the Stanmer Church car park on site. Speak to our parking stewards at the gate when you arrive.
Brighton Permaculture Trust supports sustainable transport. The car park fee of £10 reflects our desire to gently encourage our visitors to consider the alternatives.
Take the number 78 bus from Brighton, which runs every hour from 10am to 5pm, departing from Old Steine, Brighton Station, Open Market etc. Extra buses will be provided to supply demand.
The bus will drop off and pick up at the lower end of the green to keep the majority of the park traffic free.
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.
A stewarded morning ride with others will be hosted by the Bike Hub. Starting 10am and 11am from the Level. A designated bicycle parking area is available on site for all bikes.
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. Roughly 1.5 miles.
A taste of Apple Day Brighton...
For further information or to get involved, please contact us.
Funding and sponsor
Thanks to our sponsor, Infinity Foods.
Brighton Permaculture Trust has received funding for Apple Day Brighton 2018 from Brighton & Hove City Council as part of the Stanmer Park Restoration Project activities plan, which is Heritage Lottery Funded.