Apple Day

apple display


Apple Day 2019 is this Sunday 13th October, same time, same place. (Bowling Community Orchard 12 noon till 4 pm)
Cakes, Falapple (Wrapture), fresh juice, chutneys and apples for sale, games and activities, horticultural advice. 

The event is free, but without the generous donations made by visitors we would not be able to hire marquees and the toilet.

If you wish to volunteer at the event or helping to set up the marquees etc please get in touch in advance so we can plan transport and tasks. We are leaving CF at 9 am, there will be limited seats so you need to be in touch by Friday 11th if you want a lift. 

Entrance to allotments and orchard is on Bowling Park Drive, large gates opposite the factory entrance. You cannot access the orchard from the park. 

Road works in the area. Prospect Street is closed at the roundabout on Wakefield Rd; just follow diversion signs to Hall Lane. The junction between Hall Lane and Mill Lane is being controlled by traffic lights while road works are going on. It may take a few minutes to get through, but you are only minutes away from the cakes. 



Apple Day 2017 was held at Bowling Park Community Orchard on Sunday 15th October; 12 noon until 4pm

Another successful event which attracted over 500 people to take part in the range of activities that represent all elements of the orchard. 

Food is always an important factor and the cake stall was busy throughout, selling donated cakes to raise funds to cover the cost of the hire of the marquee and toilet. Wrapture were selling their Falapples, freshly cooked in our improved kitchen shelter. 

The fruit press is always a popular activity for people to participate in, and the resulting juice is impressive. A range of chutneys, jams, sauerkraut, honey, vinegar and dried fruit were sold, as were a good selection of the apples from the trees. 

Martin was kept busy answering horticultural queries, and Anne continued to identify people’s unnamed apples.  

Yorkshire wildlife Trust and Groundwork complemented the art activities which we ran, engaging people with the fruit growing and wildlife in the orchard. 

See you again next year? Let’s hope the weather is as glorious then. 

This year we benefited from the Operation Orchard Grant for Postcode Local Trust to support coordination and publicity of the event. 

There are a few photos here





We had an enjoyable wassail in January 2017. We have written a short report here

We did it again in January 2018...




Bradford Council (Commissioning Service; YMCA), BMDC Logo



Ideas for preparing your Appley picnics: and check out the recipe page 

Apple Day 2013 Menu consisted of
Savoury Options  

Autumn Vegetable Tagine
Tart & Tangy Pinto Bean Stew, both served with bread.
Blue Cheese & Apple Tart
Cheese & Apple Tart 
A savoury vegan pie 
Ploughmans or peanut butter sandwiches

The sweet selection 

Apple Gingerbread
Apple Crumble Slice
Plum Crumble slice
Apple & lemon curd tarts
Rhubarb & Apple flapjack
Apple & Ginger cake
Chocolate & Apple cake
Plum & Almond cake
Apple, sultana & cider slices
Apple & marmalade cake
Pear upside down cake


Apple day is a celebration of the diversity of our fruit heritage.
Only a handful of apple varieties are available in the shops, yet over 6000 varieties have been grown in the past. Nearly 2000 apples are grown at the national collection at the Brogdale Horticultural Trust in Kent.

Common Ground, a national charity that encourages people to recognise the distinctivenes of 'the place', instigated Apple Day in 1990. It is now an established date in the festive calendar and is celebrated annually on or near 21st October. The apple was chosen as an iconic symbol for all the fruit and nuts that are grown in this country.




Apple Day Report 2008

Appley Cafe 2013

Operation Orchard