Apple Day

apple display


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

The stalls and activities will include:

  • Orchard apples for sale, 
  • Fresh apple juice - if you have a surplus of apples please bring them along and add them to the press
  • Cakes  - all fruity in some way. Donated by volunteers (that can include you) - proceeds go towards the cost of hiring the marquee and toilet
  • Tea and coffee for sale (proceeds to help cover cost of the day), 
  • Chutneys and jam for sale (proceeds towards the running costs of the orchard), 
  • Horticultural advice and trees for sale from Beardsworth Nurseries
  • Apple identification by Anne lee from Northern Fruit Group. please bring 3 apples plus a twig and leaf
  • Activities, games and maybe a bit of ad hoc music 

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. 

You can read a bit more of a report from 2015 here and see a few photos in the Apple Day 2015 gallery.


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


Have a read of this short report from 2014 to get a feel fo what to expect this year - the format wll be the same; activties on offer but an emphasis on visitors doing things on their own as well.

Apple Day 2014 was held on Sunday 12th October, and despite being scaled down and only advertised a few weeks ahead of the event, it still attracted nearly 400 people.

The sun shone and it was a pleasantly warm autumn afternoon. There was a full range of activities celebrating food, horticulture and customs, but their was more emphasis on visitors doing things for themselves this year.

There were plently of cakes on sale, but we encouraged people to bring their own picnic. There were games and activities, but some were just laid out ready for people to do on their own. 

The fruit press was busy all day making delicious juice from our windfalls and some donated by Bradford Fruit Share. There were trees for sale and Martin was on hand to give advice about growing fruit. Anne was able to identify people's apples, and musical entertainment was provided by The Wobbly Brothers. 

Maybe one of the most significant differences was that for the first time all the apples that were on sale were from the Orchard, and there was a good range to choose from. We sold about 100Kg during the afternoon. 

Have a look at some of the pictures from the day in the Apple Day 2014 Gallery

Bradford Apple Day 2014 was organised by BEES with funding from existing projects; Trident Food growing Project, Bradford YMCA Tea Hut project funded by Heritage Lottery fund.


Bradford Council (Commissioning Service; YMCA), BMDC Logo

Ideas for preparing your Appley picnics:

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.