Lacock apple day appeals to core values

This Is Wiltshire: Head gardener Sue Carter talks about the apples in the orchard Head gardener Sue Carter talks about the apples in the orchard

Familes enjoyed a golden delicious day during Lacock Abbey’s annual National Trust Apple Day on Sunday.

Around 2,000 people attended the event which featured about 150 different types of apples, as well as music and games.

Visitors could try their hand at apple pressing, enjoy the hog roast and quench their thirst with a glass of cider.

Lacock Abbey head gardener Sue Carter said: “It was a really good event, the weather wasn’t glorious, but we still drew a big crowd and everyone had a lot of fun.”

During the event, Ms Carter and other experts gave apple talks and led tours around the grounds.

There were also music performances from The Mangled Wurzels and Raggle Taggle.

Ms Carter said: “The Mangled Wurzels went down well as they were really loud and got everyone moving, while Raggle Taggle gave the day a nice folky feel.

“One of the other highlights was the archery, which is new this year. We had Team Pursuits, who are based in Lacock, to thank for that. Everyone seemed to enjoy giving it a go.”

Visitors could also learn more about all the different types of apples on display and there were cooking demonstrations for the crowds to find out more about apple recipes.

At the site, there was a poet-tree allowing young and old to pen their own fruity rhymes and there were also beekeeping lectures.

Ms Carter said: “Each year, this event takes a lot of hard work but everybody always gets behind it. I would like to say a huge thank you to volunteers and staff.”

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