Apple pressing for cider in an urban orchard

Price
£25 / Adult
Duration
4 hrs
Age restrictions
18+
Student, Senior Citizen and Group Ticket prices also available

What you'll do

Nestled in the corner of a Nightingale Valley, Brislington is an urban community orchard. Planted in the name of food sovereignty and grown with a mission for biodiversity, friendship and education, Woodcroft Community Orchard is partnering with the Cider Box to inspire the next wave of Bristol cider makers. You heard it here first!

Woodcroft Community Orchard would like to offer a morning talk and tour of their inspiring urban project, with shelter and fire to protect you against the elements. Learn about apple growing, modern practices and traditions. Discuss urban biodiversity and growing, terroir's role and which apples make good cider. Consider this the start of a lifetime of cider making adventures.

You will mill and press picked fruit, as well as cider apples from Somerset. You'll discover the alchemy behind seemingly bitter and dry apples becoming a juice bursting with flavour - filling this joyful nectar into containers. You'll leave with the confidence to turn it into cider, pasteurise it as juice or even develop it into cider vinegar. After some cake and juice refreshments, you will all toast the trees as they descend into winter dormancy with a hot cider toast!

The orchard is a voluntary community group, this experience is to raise money for a new compost loo, we had one built on on-site before but it was sadly burned down in an arson attack before we got the chance to ever use it! Check out the photo of that beautiful toilet.

Please note: each tour requires a minimum of 5 guests for this experience to take place and sadly we cannot go ahead if the weather is too windy due to safety precautions. We will be in touch 48 hours before the event is due to take place to confirm that we will be going ahead or to make alternative arrangements.

Minimum fitness level required.

Upcoming dates

What you'll do

Nestled in the corner of a Nightingale Valley, Brislington is an urban community orchard. Planted in the name of food sovereignty and grown with a mission for biodiversity, friendship and education, Woodcroft Community Orchard is partnering with the Cider Box to inspire the next wave of Bristol cider makers. You heard it here first!

Woodcroft Community Orchard would like to offer a morning talk and tour of their inspiring urban project, with shelter and fire to protect you against the elements. Learn about apple growing, modern practices and traditions. Discuss urban biodiversity and growing, terroir's role and which apples make good cider. Consider this the start of a lifetime of cider making adventures.

You will mill and press picked fruit, as well as cider apples from Somerset. You'll discover the alchemy behind seemingly bitter and dry apples becoming a juice bursting with flavour - filling this joyful nectar into containers. You'll leave with the confidence to turn it into cider, pasteurise it as juice or even develop it into cider vinegar. After some cake and juice refreshments, you will all toast the trees as they descend into winter dormancy with a hot cider toast!

The orchard is a voluntary community group, this experience is to raise money for a new compost loo, we had one built on on-site before but it was sadly burned down in an arson attack before we got the chance to ever use it! Check out the photo of that beautiful toilet.

Please note: each tour requires a minimum of 5 guests for this experience to take place and sadly we cannot go ahead if the weather is too windy due to safety precautions. We will be in touch 48 hours before the event is due to take place to confirm that we will be going ahead or to make alternative arrangements.

Minimum fitness level required.

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Facilities

  • Child friendly (0-16)
  • Outdoors
  • Refreshments available

COVID-19 guidelines

  • This event will be held outdoors with plenty of space for participants

On the day

  • You will be outdoors, please dress for the weather. Sturdy footwear is advisable as the site is uneven
  • No parking on-site, your hosts encourage public transport (bus number 1). If you are travelling by car, on-road parking is sometimes available nearby

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 2 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 2 days before your experience.

About Woodcroft Community Orchard

South-east Bristol is home to this community-run urban orchard project. Brislington's Community Orchard is about bringing people together to share a journey of creating and maintaining a city orchard. Over 50 trees have been planted - apple, pear, plum, damson, gage, mulberry, quince, cherry and a range of soft fruits. This community project has re-established native trees and hedgerows, built new habitats and a wildlife pond. Seeing the site develop from an unused paddock into a thriving orchard has filled the team with pride.

But this is just the beginning. Community Orchard wants to continue sharing its experience with wider Bristol to raise funds for more permanent learning spaces and facilities, helping wider communities thrive even more.

Your host

Andrew Backinsell

Andrew is an orchardist and cider enthusiast who loves spending time outdoors

How to get there

Any questions?

Ask your question directly to Woodcroft Community Orchard.

Price
£25 / Adult
Duration
4 hrs
Age restriction
18+
Rebook or cancel up to 2 days before your experience.