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Apple Days

Apple Days seem to be growing in popularity over the last few years. I keep hearing about them, I’ve even tried a few kids crafts on my blog but we’ve never made it to an event – until today. In between ballet lessons and birthday parties we headed over to Hughenden Manor, a lovely National Trust property near High Wycombe for the afternoon.

There is so much to do at Hughenden Manor. There’s a beautiful historic house, once the home of Benjamin Disraeli, gardens, woods, a walled garden, a lovely cafe and they hold some great events. Since our last visit they have expanded the car park so you get to walk through the woods to the property. There were dens to explore, trees to climb over and conkers and leaves to examine. Our visit got off to a great start.

Apple Days

The old orchard was full of stalls where you could find out more about the different varieties of apples.

Apple Days at Hughenden

The children straight away wanted to try the old apple press. They grabbed handfuls of apples, placed them in the press, and helped turn the handle to produce the most delicious fresh  apple juice. We adults tried the home made mulled cider 🙂

Apple Days

We learnt about apple gifting which has something to do with decorating apples and giving them as gifts. A volunteer helped us add sticks to the bottom of each apple so they would stand up. Then leaves, twigs and pinecones were pressed in to decorate them. The children made some wonderful creations and when they had finished flour was sprinkled on top.

Apple Days

We took photographs of each one before placing them in a box so we could pick them up on the way out.

Apple Days

The volunteers were wonderfully patient with all the children, especially when it came to the apple bobbing. Small apples had been hung up from different lengths of string. The children had a go at trying to catch them with their mouths, there may have been some hands involved 🙂

Apple Days

We couldn’t believe how many different types of apples we could taste.

Apple Days at Hughenden

There was also a large box of windfall apples which you could help yourself.

After all the apple activities we looked around the house and had a delicious lunch too. We definitely learnt all about apples and had a great day out too.

If you’re looking for some easy Apple Day crafts then you may be interested in our cardboard tube apples and cork print apple wreath.


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    Mama Herself
    October 18, 2015 at 7:19 am

    What a great idea! Somehow missed the rise of this, which is a shame as my son eats apples by the cartload, and I do enjoy trying out different varieties. Luckily there was a honey shop near us in London, which had loads of different types in season. The apple decorating looks like fun! Must find out more as there are only so many times you can bob for apples at a Halloween party.

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    Coombe Mill - Fiona
    October 18, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Some wonderful ideas in here, it really makes me want to speed our little orchard along so we can have some fun with apple crafts and games on the farm. A lovely looking day. Which was your favourite apple variety? Thank you for linking up with Country Kids.

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    Let kids be kids
    October 19, 2015 at 11:11 am

    What a fab day out and tasty too! Looks like a lot of fun.

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    Pat Jones
    October 23, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Great post!

    We’ve an apple day that happens in our street every October too. My little one loves it. He insists on putting windfall apples in his buggy to take over to the press.

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    Mudpie Fridays
    October 24, 2015 at 8:26 am

    This looks brilliant with so many activities, will be adding this to our list for next year as our apple day didn’t turn out quite the way we planned!! Thank you for sharing #CountryKids

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