South Leeds goes bananas for Apple Day

Apple juicing, toffee apples, chutneys, sausage making, longest peel competitions, craft activities… it’s all happening in South Leeds this weekend as communities celebrate Apple Day 2017.

Apple Day celebrations at Cottingley Community Centre, 2016.
Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Gerry Harper and Lady Mayoress Lynne Scholes help Helping Britain Blossom representative Alan Thornton, left, and orchard volunteer Neil Witing with the apple press.

Thwaite Mills Orchard Explorers
Sat 21 October, 1-4pm. Thwaite Lane, LS10 1RP

Go along to celebrate apple day and explore the ancient orchard at Thwaite Mills Watermill and discover more about traditional types of apples. A fun filled day with fruit themed activities such as apple bobbing, making fruit juice from a press, longest peel competitions, craft activities, and even a demonstration of a fruit power station!

Cottingley Orchards
Sat 21 October, 12-3pm. Cottingley Community Centre, LS11 0HJ

Apple Juicing, toffee apples, apple chutneys, fruit jams, games and refreshments.

Friends of Middleton Park
Sun 22 October, 1-3pm. Middleton Park visitor centre, off Town Street, LS10 3SH

Bring your own apples or have a go at juicing ours! Plus apple-themed games and activities. They’ll be other fun for the kids as well with Wild Apple Play.

Started in 1990 by Common Ground, Apple Day is as an annual celebration of Britain’s rich apple growing heritage.  Apple Day events are now held across the length and breadth of Britain throughout the month of October and on Apple Day itself – 21st October.

Helping Britain Blossom is a partnership between Heineken and The Orchard Project. It was established to create and restore community orchards across Britain.

Seven community orchards, including one in Cottingley, were planted in under used spaces and council parkland in and around Leeds in 2016 with the support of Helping Britain Blossom.

The full list of events around Leeds can be found at: