The Cherries Are Coming And More - Brogdale Collections Update
The cherries are coming! Cherry Walks at Brogdale – 3-4 and 17-18 July
Cherry season is almost upon us and it’s always a very popular season at Brogdale Collections. People just LOVE cherries!! This time of year, our beautiful orchards are bursting with colour with fruit-laden branches smothered with cherries. It’s a lovely time to visit.
To accommodate social distancing but still open up our beautiful orchards to visitors – this year we are holding Cherry Walks over two weekends in July.
What a great opportunity to learn about the 400 varieties of cherries at the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale from our very experienced guides (and even sample some too).
For the first time visitors will also be able to pick their own cherries straight from our trees (charged by weight) – which is a great way to take home a selection of heritage cherry varieties. (Please note: we are only able to offer PYO on our Cherry Walk event days.)
The weekends will comprise:
• Guided walking tours with cherry tastings
• PYO cherries (charged by weight)
• Opportunity to bring a picnic
• Children’s playground and wildlife garden
For more information or to book a ticket – visit our website via the link below.
Please note - Orchard Passes are not valid on Cherry Walk Days.
We all need something to look forward to this summer – so why not book your tickets now for our Cider Trail taking place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend? There will be live music, cider sampling and fun activities for the whole family – a great way of spending a sunny summer day in the Kentish countryside.
Visitors can enjoy:
• Sampling around 50 locally produced ciders and perries
• Live music and entertainment
• Fayre games
• Cider making demonstrations
• Cider trail to find the people’s favourite cider or perry
• Stalls selling local food and drink
The Festival Field will be celebrating the weekend with a fabulous selection of live music featuring some popular local bands - including Hullabaloo; Jumbo Gumbo; Chill Billies; The 286; The Old Country Crows and The Old Lone Gin Band.
Whilst sitting back and enjoying the vibes, visitors can try some of the many fine ciders from small producers based in and around Kent including Kentish Pip, Turners, Kent Cider Company and Biddenden’s. Along with Tiddly Pomme who are resident artisan cider producers, offering our very own apples from The National Fruit Collection, in their Woolly Pig cider.
A free shuttle bus will be running from Faversham mainline train station to Brogdale throughout the weekend, allowing visitors easy access from public transport routes.
Brogdale Collections joins Fiver Fest initiative
Until 26th June, you can save money on selected Brogdale fruit products as part of the local Fiver Fest Faversham initiative.
This is a great way to support local businesses and a snap up a bargain or three at the same time! A number of businesses at Brogdale Farm are taking part – so why not pay Brogdale Farm a visit and check out all the special offers?
Our Fiver Fest fruit juices can be bought from our visitor office at Brogdale Farm.
Learn something new at Brogdale
Brogdale Collections continues to offer its popular range of courses and workshops focusing on rural activities and growing.
Here’s a round-up of forthcoming courses taking place before the end of July:
- Gardening Days – 26 June & 24 July
- Willow Weaving – 18 July
- Summer Pruning – 15 & 22 July
Join the Brogdale Collections team!
Fancy driving a tractor around some of the most amazing orchards in Kent? Or picking rare and heritage fruits? We have vacancies at Brogdale Collections this summer for:
- Part-time tractor driver
- Seasonal harvest workers
- Events team staff
- Volunteer tour guides.
We are a friendly team at Brogdale Collections and Brogdale Farm is a unique and beautiful place to work.