Apple Day Brighton 2013

Stanmer Park, Brighton
Sunday 22 September 2013

11am - 5pm
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Apple Day Brighton 2013What went on at Apple Day Brighton 2013:

  • 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. Check out our exciting new menu, which includes sweet and savoury goodies.
  • Horseplay and a little-known game Sussex Scarp by the Brighton Mummers in the horse field near orchard, performances at midday and 1pm. Don't miss out!
  • 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
  • Smoothie bike - make your own fruit smoothies with scrumped mulberry, pear and apple juice
  • Apple juice and cider
  • Orchards without Borders - This year we are joined by our French partners in a new project: Orchards without Borders / Vergers sans Frontieres. Enjoy the display of just some of the huge range of Normandy apple and pear varieties, pear juice and cider vinegar, cider and pommeau for sale, and grafting demos by Jean-Luc Leger.
  • Children's activities
  • Funfair rides by Steve Nutter Old Time Funfairs
  • Rare Sussex apple trees for sale - trees of five local Sussex apple varieties will be available for sale at on the day.
  • Storyteller Jamie Crawford, with "The Apple Tree Man"
  • Live acoustic music and dancing including Solebound
  • Sussex Swing lesson and show
  • Local Morris Dancers on the green, featuring Ditchling Morris and Mish Mash Morris
  • Apple identification by leading UK expert Joan Morgan (see below)
  • Fruit growing advice
  • Cookery demonstrations by the Community Chef with free tasters and recipes (get a sneak peak here)
  • Local producers of fruit, nuts, vegetables, wood products and other things
  • Talk on "Saving our bumblebees", hosted by the Stanmer Preservation Society
  • Tashi Thondup will be demonstrating how to sharpen secateurs correctly. Bring your secateurs along and he will sharpen them for you (secateurs only, no other tools please) - donations for this service welcome.

Map for the day (programmes with maps will be available on arrival).

Apple identification

If you want to know what the old apple tree in your garden is, ask expert pomologist and fruit historian Dr Joan Morgan. Dr. Morgan, author of The New Book of Apples, 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.

Talks at Apple Day 2013

All talks are 20-30 mins at Stanmer House unless otherwise indicated.

1pm "Orchards without borders"
Anne-Marie Bur, Orchard development, Brighton Permaculture Trust
Anne-Marie will be describing the development of school and community orchards in Sussex and Normandy.

1.30pm "Selecting and caring for fruit trees"
Mara Crippa, Harvest growing officer
Insights from the food growing advisor of Harvest Brighton and Hove about how to choose and care for fruit trees, including a visit to the orchard.

2pm "Sussex orchard growers"
Peter May, orchard expert and co-author of Apples and Orchards in Sussex
Peter May will speak about orchard growers in Sussex today.

2.30pm "Selecting and caring for fruit trees"
Mara Crippa, Harvest growing officer
Insights from the food growing advisor of Harvest Brighton and Hove about how to choose and care for fruit trees, including a visit to the orchard.

3pm "How to identify an apple variety"
Dr Joan Morgan, leading expert on apple identification and author of The New book of Apples
Joan will explain how she goes about identifying an apple variety.

Stalls at Apple Day 2013

Thanks to...


Infinity foods generously sponsored Apple Day Brighton 2013.


Thank you to the following organisations who have contributed to making Apple Day Brighton 2013 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.

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