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Snowshill Manor and Garden Apple Weekend

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October 2010
Snowshill Manor Garden hosts its biggest ever celebration of the humble apple next weekend.
The stunning hillside garden is home to 46 varieties of apple, all of different shapes, sizes and colours  The garden team, led by Gardener-in-Charge Linda Roberts, have spent the last few weeks collecting hundreds more varieties of traditional and unusual apples from around the county and beyond.  All of these apples have been carefully stored, identified, labelled and will be on display.
As well as this extraordinary sight, there will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy some delicious, seasonal fruity goodness.  There will be tastings of fruit, juices and ciders throughout the weekend, as well as a local producers’ market, selling a variety of delicious food and drink.
The restaurant menu will be packed with apple delights, from casseroles to cakes and puddings to pickles.  The team at Old Farm, Dorn have used Snowshill apples to produce a special pork and apple sausage, which will be cooked and on sale at the weekend only.  And there will also be a one-off Snowshill crab apple ice cream, again produced locally by Spot Loggins Dairy.
As well as all this, there’s the chance to see a juicing machine in action and to meet our expert garden team in person.  The Worcestershire Barn Owl Conservation Trust will be visiting to show off some of their rescue birds, and there will be children’s activities, including the popular Apple Trail around the grounds.
Dominic Hamilton, Visitor Services Manager says: “Tesco are currently boasting of stocking 20 British apples.  At last year’s Apple Weekend here at Snowshill, there were more than 420!  Whether you enjoy the crunch of a raw apple, the tanginess of freshly-squeezed juice or the sizzle of a hot pork and apple sausage, this is a great day out for apple fanatics and food lovers of all ages.”
Normal admission applies; the Apple Trail costs £1.
Snowshill is no ordinary manor, as Charles Paget Wade was no ordinary Edwardian gentleman.  He created his own mysterious world in the Cotswold stone house, packing it to the rafters - quite literally - with a huge and diverse collection of unlikely treasures.  From lowly fire buckets to exquisite ivory carvings, ancient musical instruments to Victorian toys, penny farthing bicycles to complete suits of Japanese armour, there's something to uncover in every room.  The stunning garden, set on the edge of the Cotswolds, is laid out as a series of 'outdoor rooms' and run on organic principles.
13 March – 31 October 2010
Wednesday – Sunday & Bank Holidays
Garden, restaurant, shop & Priest’s House: 11am – 5.30pm, last admission 5pm.
Manor: 12noon – 5pm, last admission 4.10pm.
National Trust members free
Manor, Garden, restaurant & shop (gift aid admission): Adult £9.00; child £4.60; family £22.80
Garden, restaurant & shop only (gift aid admission): Adult £4.90; child £2.50; family £12.10

Source: Snowshill Manor and Garden

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