Sharpham Apple Day

Sunday 6 October 2019 - 10.30am - 4pm

It's a pressing engagement!

Apple Day will include a host of apple-themed activities for all the family, including storytelling, walks, arts and crafts and games. 

Try our fresh juice grown at Sharpham's organic orchards - straight from the press.

Or bring your own apples to juice (just not windfalls from orchards grazed with animals in the last six weeks). In exchange for bringing the fruit, you will be given half of this delicious freshly-pressed apple juice back in new bottles while the other half will be kept to help support the charitable work of the Trust.

If you haven't any apples to bring, don't worry. You can buy bottles of this delicious juice on the day.

Or wander through the formal and woodland gardens of historic Sharpham House, set in a Capability Brown parkland landscape.

All day activities 10.30am - 4pm - STILL TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2019

Sharpham Gardens - Open to sit, wander and explore

Sharpham House Café – Open all day for teas, coffee, cakes and simple soups and rolls. 

Apple Olympics - Apple-themed games and activities on the Croquet Lawn

The Red Alachigh Tent - Apple stories & harvest crafts (full programme on Schedule tab above)

Apple Trail Challenge - Can you hunt down the 10 wooden apples hidden in our orchard? 

Under the Yew Tree – Campfire cooking & workshops 

Workshops, tours and talks – See Schedule tab above for more details/timetable

Sharpham Wine & Cheese Shop & Tours – visit the shop for tastings, cheese platters and tours.


Free entry (but please note there will be a charge of £4 per car for parking). Please consider arriving by other means, see below.

Parking / Transport / Directions

Limited hard parking and field car parking at Sharpham will be available (cost £4). 

Please help us to reduce the impact of cars by considering car sharing or parking in Totnes and using the FREE Bob the Bus Shuttle Service: 

Main Bus Stop
- Opposite Seven Stars in Totnes - Coronation Road bus stop E

From Sharpham
- 3-way junction
10.10am (first bus) 10.30am
10.30am 10.50am
10.50am 11.10am
11.10am 11.30am
11.30am 11.50am
11.50am 12.10pm
12.30pm 12.50pm
1.10pm 1.30pm
1.50pm 2.10pm
2.10pm 2.30pm
2.30pm 2.50pm
2.50pm 3.10pm
3.10pm 3.30pm
3.30pm 3.50pm
3.50pm 4.10pm
4.10pm 4.30pm (last bus)

We are sorry but we do not allow dogs (except for guide dogs) 

We are looking for volunteers to help on this day so if you would like to lend a hand, please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator by email


Our Apple Day takes place on Sunday 6 October 2019 and runs from 10.30am to 4pm.

Scheduled activities- STILL TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2019




11.30am - 12.30pm

Tree Walk - Learn about the medicinal and edible value of some of Sharpham’s trees with Brigit-Anna McNeill. 

Children must be supervised at all times. 

Meet under the Yew Tree

11.45am -12.25pm


1.20pm – 2.00pm

Celtic harp music by Misuzu Matsumoto.

The South Terrace by the Sharpham House café



Instant Apple Songs with Hugh Nankivell. Make up brand new songs about apples and perform and record them there and then!

No experience necessary, all ages and ideas welcome.

Ask at the Info Desk

12.00pm - 12.45pm


2.30pm - 3.15pm    

Orchard walk and pruning demo with apple orchard expert Charles Staniland.

Sturdy footwear recommended.

Meet at the front of the House

2.00pm - 3.30pm 

Wild berry drink – Forage for autumn wild berries and learn how to make a berry and apple immune-system-boosting drink over the fire, with Brigit-Anna McNeill.

Sturdy footwear recommended.

Meet under the Yew Tree


The Red Alachigh Tent on the Croquet Lawn




Autumnal Crafts in the tent:
  • Make a hedgerow hedgehog from teasels
  • String hawthorn and rowan berries into a bracelet or necklace
  • Write a winter wish onto a leaf in oak gall ink
  • String a communal garland of colourful autumn leaves
All children must be accompanied by an adult to supervise use of scissors and needles


Storytelling with Lisa Schneidau: Tall Trees and Autumn Leaves

Stories for the turning of the year with tumbling leaves and dastardly deeds!

Suitable for children aged 7 upwards


Storytelling with Sue Charman: Atalanta and the three golden apples
A Greek myth about a huntress who outrun almost everyone

Suitable for children aged 7 upwards


Storytelling with Ronnie Conboy: Harvest Stories – The Golden Apples of Youth and the Last Apple of Old Age

Suitable for children aged 7 upwards


Harvest Celebration – join us to celebrate the harvest: make a wish for Winter and sing a short round to close the day.


All-day activities

Costs for some activities



Sharpham Gardens

Open to sit, wander and explore, with apple-themed games and activities

Sharpham House Café

Open all day for teas, coffee, cakes, soup and rolls

Red Alachigh Tent

Apple stories & harvest crafts. See separate schedule

Under the Yew Tree

Campfire cooking and meeting point for foraging workshops

Apple Quiz

Find the 10 wooden apples hidden in our orchard & learn about our heritage fruit varieties. Visit Info Table for activity sheets

Naturemake workshops

Make your own miniature Autumnal fairy feast, house or harvest nature boat out natural materials. Cost from £4 per maker. 

Children under 8 must be supervised by an adult. Adult makers also welcome!

Walled Garden

Interactive vegetable trail about the vegetables and fruit grown here

The Mother Tree Nursery

Find out about the tree nursery at Schumacher College and the heritage apples grown there. Design & name your own apple – prize for their favourite design!

Orchard Link

Learn about support for orchards in South Devon, taste a variety of apples and play appley games

Lower Sharpham Farm

market stall

Find out about the farm’s activities and courses.

Sharpham Wine & Cheese, tours, Cellar Door shop & café

Tailored tastings, vineyard tours and a chance to buy Sharpham’s award-winning wine and cheese. Café open for lunch, serving local, seasonal dishes.


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This event is free, although there is a cost of £4 for parking and donations are welcome to help support the work of the Trust.

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