Activities & Events Celebrating Local Apples


Exeter Area 2021

FLOW Walk, Talk & Summer Picnic

Sat 26 June 2021, 11:00am - 4:00pm

FLOW came into being as part of an artist residency which co-incided with the re-landscaping of Riverside Valley Park following substantial flood relief engineering works... As well as being an orchard, FLOW brings together community, nature and the arts through seasonal celebrations and events, walks and cycle rides. Along the route as well as the insect home sculptures, you will find a hand carved bench...

Obviously we'd love to see you for the whole thing, but if you can only attend part, that's fine. See also

Past Events (for posterity)

FLOW Wassail on the Exe


Sat 18 & Sun 19 Jan'20 2pm-dusk

The FLOW: River Orchard project has been busy in recent years creating a Ribbon Orchard along the Exe. It's part of Exeter's enhanced flood defence scheme and also beautifies riverside walks and cycle paths. As well as trees there are also sculptures, benches, special pollenating beds and more besides.

The concept of a Ribbon Orchard was partly inspired by those found in Japan and the Japanese custom of celebrating the coming of the blossom in Spring. This year they'll be a Japanese theme to our celebration, so come and get involved: crafting lanterns, making special costumes and head gear, learning the Wassail songs and hearing the Storyteller's tales. Culminates at dusk with a procession and toast of the young trees, the river and our hopes for the year ahead. Bring outdoor clothes and wellies!

Shillingford Wassil & Ceilidh


Fri 24 Jan'20 from 6:30pm

An evening of winter festivity, celebrating local food, community, music and dancing. Meet at Shillingford St George Village Hall for a short walk to the orchard. Bring warm clothes, waterproofs, appropriate footwear and pots and pans to make plenty of noise! Followed afterwards by our own tasty, seasonal soup made of veg grown here and then a lively evening of ceilidh dancing. Adults: £10 and under 12s go free.

Mincinglake Wassail

Sun 26 Jan'20 2:30-4:30pm

Fancy learning how to prune apple trees? Want to make a difference in your local park? Join us on 26th Jan in Mincinglake Valley park orchard. Adopt a tree, join us around a fire with mulled apples juice with live music. Bring your own mug and gloves/secateurs if you have them. Search "Friends of Mincinglake Park" on Facebook.

Killerton Apple Festival

Weekend 12-13 Oct'19 @ Sparrow Park

To tie in with Killerton's 2019 celebration of trees and woodlands and the centenary of the Forestry Commission, the festival will be celebrating orchards from the fruit down to the roots. It's a chance to celebrate fruit trees and the harvest, enjoy cider and apple juice and raise awareness of the conservation of traditional orchards.


This year the festival will feature woodland and wildlife organisations, children's activities and entertainment shows, craft workshops, family trails and live music. Visitors can bring their own apples to press into juice, witness the 200 year old press in action, try archery, browse the stalls in the orchard and taste great food from the Killerton Estate.

Mincinglake Apple Festival

Sat 26 Oct'19 @ Mincinglake Valley Park

In the past there have been community apple days held to celebrate the orchard in Mincinglake Valley Park (an old poster from 2011 below). However, not in recent years. Following an initial meeting for residents to share ideas for restarting such events this date has been penciled in. Organised by Wellbeing Exeter, see poster (right) for details.

Mosshayne Tree Planting

Fri 15 & Sat 16 Feb'19 @ Mosshayne Farm

Help us planting new woodland at Mosshayne Farm, off Blackhorse Lane, Clyst Honiton EX1 3TR

Morning session: 10.00-12.30. Afternoon session: 13.00-15.30.

Booking required! Please get in touch if you can help.

Please bring gloves and boots, and a spade if you have one. Be prepared for cold wet weather and plenty of mud. Limited facilities on site. Please bring your own refreshments as required.

Killerton Orchard Planting

Wed 20 Feb'19 11am - 3pm

As part of the Great Trees in the Clyst Valley project, help the Killerton rangers plant a new orchard. Bring your own tools. Please let Killerton know if you would like to attend contact details on poster (right).

Exeter Growers Co-op Wassail

Sat 26 Jan'19 from 2pm @ Shillingford

Our wassail is an interpretation of the tradition of "blessing" the apple trees in an orchard, in order to drive away unwelcome spirits and to awaken the trees, thus ensuring a good crop. The trees are awakened by our noise and blessed with offerings of cider-soaked bread at their roots and decorations on their branches.

Do please bring something with which to make some noise - a pan lid and wooden spoon works well. Lana will provide some decorations and Jan will provide the bread.

Some apple based food and drink would be good to share - there will be a fire in the orchard on which to heat up our mulled cider.

Members, Friends & Family welcome. Assemble at the shed at 2pm.

CAMRA Festival of Winter Ales

Fri 18 & Sat 19 Jan 11am-11pm

Exeter City FC, St James Park. Entry fees apply.

Getting on for 100 Real Ales, Ciders and Perries presented by the Exeter & East Devon branch of the Campaign for Real Ale including my exciting new cider, born in the snowstorms of last Winter.

A mixed apple base has produced a light, easy drinking cider, clean acidity bringing a freshness of taste.

Wassail on the Exe

Sat 19 & Sun 20 Jan from lunchtime

The FLOW: River Orchard project has been busy in recent years creating a Ribbon Orchard along the Exe. As well as trees there are also sculptures, benches, special pollenating beds and more besides. Throughout there's been a concerted effort to engage the community in creative cultural events.

Come and get involved: making lanterns, learning the Wassail songs and hearing the Storyteller's tales. Culminates at dusk with a procession and toast of the young trees, the river and our hopes for the year ahead.

Poltimore House Xmas Fair

Sun 18 Nov 2018, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Locally produced gifts and craft stalls within the festivally decorated Poltimore House. Come and find something unique and special. Enjoy the atmosphere with a local selection of sweet and savoury refreshments.

Killerton Apple Festival


Sat 13 - Sun 14 Oct 2018, 10am - 5pm

Join in the celebration of National Apple Day at this unique family festival. Craft stalls set among the vintage orchard of Sparrow Park.

Family activities including collecting apples to juice, storytelling, live music, local food + drink. Adult £8, Child £4, Members free.

West Town Farm Apple & Pumpkin Day

Sun 21 Oct 2018, 11am - 4pm

Loads of activities including pumpkin carving, apple pressing, woodcraft, trailor rides etc. West Town Farm's busiest event. Adult £4, Child £3, Family £12, Weaners Free

FLOW: Pizza & Planning

Tues, June 26, 6 PM - 7:30 PM @ Boatyard Bakery

A community gathering to discuss next steps for FLOW, organising care and maintenance of the trees, planning activities and cultural events, and making sure people know about the project.

Ale-pril Fool Beer & Cider Festival

Crispin's Cider on-draft, Easter weekend: 29 Mar - 1st Apr'18

The Thatched House, Exwick

A vintage farmhouse cider, from 100% pure pressed apples, fermented slowly on natural yeasts. Unpasteurised with a natural haze and sweetness. No added sugar (nor sweetner, sulphites or anything else). Lovely mellow old-school flavour, medium-sweet with tangy finish and long lasting aromatics.

FLOW: Planting a Ribbon Orchard on the Exe

Flow will be a Ribbon Orchard of fruits, nuts and berries running from Exwick to Double Locks. It is designed to provide an enhanced foraging corridor for insects, animals and humans as well as create a cultural resource. Created by Anne-Marie Culhane working with residents of St Thomas and Exwick.

Listen to Radio Devon interview about the project.

Sat 20 Jan'18 - Mill Field, Exwick off Station Rd

Planting from noon in Exwick at Mill Field (map) near Station Road Bridge; followed by a celebration at dusk. Refreshments via Andy's Cafe located in the grounds of St Andrews Church on Station road, right next to the Parish Hall, opposite the park.

Sun 21 Jan'18 - Trews Weir, Quay South, near allotments

Planting from noon at Trews Weir Relief (map), 10 mins walk South of Exeter Quay off main cycle route (next to allotments). Followed by celebration at dusk. Refreshments via Emma's Boatyard Bakery on the Haven Road (South) side of the Piazza Terracina, nestled next to the Exeter Cookery School, 60b Haven Rd, EX2 8DB.


Past Events 2017

West Town Farm - Sun 22 Oct

It's that time of year again when the farm opens it's doors for an autumnal day out. West Town Farm, Love local Food and OrganicARTS welcomes you onto the land.

11am-4pm. Cash only premises. Well behaved dogs welcomed on leads. Child £3 Adult £4 Family £12 Under 3's FREE!

Killerton Festival - Weekend 14-15 Oct

This unique family festival takes place in Sparrow Park Orchard on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2017. Join in the celebration of National Apple Day with live music, children's activities and award-winning Killerton cider and apple juice, family fun and the best in local food, bands, and cider.

This year the festival's theme will be apple myths and folklore:

Adult tickets are £6, children are £3. National Trust members and under 5's are free. Tickets only available on the door. Open from 10:00am - 5:00pm both days.

Boatyard Apple Celebration - Sat 30 Sept

A Quay-side celebration of the apple season at the Boatyard Bakery & Cafe, Haven Road (next to the Cookery School). At lunchtime, I'll be doing a pressing demo on a small manual press and talking about my juices, cordials and ciders.

I'll be launching my new cider, Aflame 7%, available to take away or with the evening 3 course meal (booking required) with delights such as: Parsnip & Apple Soup, Apple Sour Dough, Pork & Apple Stuffing, Apple & Celeriac Dauphinoise Potatoes, Tart Tatin and more. Veggie, Vegan and non-alcoholic options available as always.

The celebration goes on the whole weekend with a display of local varieties and kids activities such as painting apples and trees and storytelling on Sunday morning. See the Facebook Event: A Celebration of Apples for full details.

Past Events 2016


Shillingford Christmas Fayre - Sun 11 Dec

Come and enjoy a toasty mug of mulled cider at Shillingford Organics Green Christmas Fayre. Meet with ethical local producers and find out exactly what goes into their produce. Food, drinks, art, crafts, cosmetics, childrens activities and more. We'll have bottled juice and cider on sale, as well as draft mulling cider, ideal for those Xmas socials. All handcrafted from local orchards, in support of local apples, but without the additives and excess packaging found on supermarket shelves.

Limited parking £3/car - perferably take "A" bus to Smithfield Road and follow signs on Shillingford Road for free Tractor/Trailer rides (about every 15 mins).

West Town Farm - Sun 23 Oct

As the sun changes position in the sky and the shadows grow longer we start to prepare for our Apple and Pumpkin Day. This year it’s held on the 23rd October 11am-4pm @ West Town Farm, Ide, EX2 9TG. We have tractor rides, pumpkin carving, apple pressing, Poco Drom performing his wild and wonderful songs about animals, a BBQ and cafe, and many more things for you to come and explore.

Okehampton Primary School - Fri 21 Oct

Love Local Food is working with the Harvest Shop and Okehampton Primary School to do an apple pressing and celebration of local apples in the Red Lion Yard, Okehampton on Friday 21st October 10 - 3. Contact Love Local Food for more details.

Killerton Cider & Apple Festival - Weekend 15-16 Oct

This unique family festival takes place on Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 October in Sparrow Park, a traditional orchard on the Killerton Estate. Join in the celebration of National Apple Day with live music, children's activities and award-winning Killerton estate food and drink. 10am - 5pm. Adult entry is £6, children £2, under 5's and National Trust members are free.

Shillingford Apple Day - Sun 25 Sept

Come and join us at Shillingford Organics for a free Farm Community Apple Day on the 25th of September 2016. We will be harvesting and tasting different apple varieties together, as well as has having an 'appley' lunch, tractor and trailor rides and much more!