Frome’s annual Apple Day celebration is back at the Community Orchard at the Old Showfield on Sunday 20 October from 10am-3pm, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Last year’s event saw over 200 people join in the fun, so this year Frome Town Council are planning more activities and adding two extra hours for residents to enjoy the festivities.
Mayor of Frome Mark Dorrington said, “Apple Day is a free event for everyone to enjoy, so come and get involved in this special community celebration and spend time in Frome’s very own orchard. You can connect with neighbours, learn something new and discover more about nature and the world on our doorstep with talks, activities and games.”
There will be plenty to do throughout the day for all ages with a variety of apple-themed activities on the programme from apple pressing, crafts and games to a longest apple peel competition. As well as fruit-themed face painting and opportunities for planting to help the Community Orchard grow, as well as tractor rides with Frome Lions Club. In addition, the popular foraging walk and talk will be returning.
This year will see the launch of a brand-new Talks Tent, with a new talk taking place every hour throughout the day. A real mix of interesting, educational and informative subjects are on the programme, from making preserves and honey and foraging to growing veg, rewilding honeybees and learning about native birds.
Those looking for a few treats won’t be disappointed either, as local produce will be for sale and local vendors selling food and refreshments. If you’re on the hunt for something to make you laugh don’t miss Mutt & Jeff from Rare Species as they take you on a hilarious walkabout and finish up with a gurning competition. Start practicing your silly faces in the mirror and on friends and family now to be in with a chance of winning.
Apple Day is sure to be a fun-filled Sunday, so put it in your calendar now and make sure you bring along any spare apples. You can find out more at www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/Apple-Day-2019
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