Public Events

The orchard is open to the public for special events such as Apple Day in October and Wassail in January. We also take part in community events and festivals in the Bristol area.  Details of events are announced here as dates are set, so check back regularly to keep up to date with our activities.

Apple Day - Sunday 20 October 2019

posted 25 Sep 2019, 04:46 by Horfield Orchard

All welcome to celebrate all things Apple
Sunday 20 October, 2-4pm
Horfield Organic Community Orchard
Growing fruit trees & resisting extinction since 1998
  • Tasting table with local & unusual apples
  • Refreshments, local produce & fruit trees for sale
  • Merrymaking with Pigsty Morris
  • Orchard Learning - new courses for 2020
  • Find out how to join the orchard
Donations of surplus apples and pears welcome for juicing.

Midsummer Orchard Open Day - Saturday 22 June

posted 10 Jun 2019, 09:18 by Horfield Orchard   [ updated 10 Jun 2019, 09:24 ]

Saturday 22 June - 1-5pm
Nature-friendly Fruit Growing
Home Orchard Plot - be inspired to grow your own fruit
Refreshments and home made cake for sale
Tunes from the Brigstowe Village Band
Plants and produce for sale
Ask us your fruit growing questions

Part of Get Growing Garden Trail - June 2019

https://www.bristolfoodnetwork.org/get-growing-garden-trail-2019/

Wassail - 19 January 2019

posted 18 Dec 2018, 01:35 by Horfield Orchard   [ updated 18 Dec 2018, 01:39 ]

All are welcome to Wassail

Horfield Organic Community Orchard

Saturday 19 January 2019, 2 - 4pm

 

Huzza! HOCO Wassail 2018

Toast the orchard for a fruitful harvest

Bring ribbons, clouties & shining things to dress the trees

Make merry with Pigsty Morris

Listen up to Bristol Folk Singers

Homemade cakes and mulled Orchard juice for sale

Find out about the new crop of Orchard Learning courses for 2019

Apple Day 2018

posted 3 Oct 2018, 08:35 by Horfield Orchard

Celebrate Apple Day & our 20th year!
Sunday 21 October 2018, 2-4pm
Taste local and different apples
Make merry with Pigsty Morris
Refreshments, local produce, and trees for sale
Fruit growing questions answered
Find out about Orchard Learning courses for 2019
Juice pressing for fun - donations of apples welcome

Midsummer Orchard Open Day - Saturday 16 June

posted 31 May 2018, 01:58 by Horfield Orchard   [ updated 31 May 2018, 02:05 ]

All are welcome to wander around our lush, midsummer orchard
Saturday 16 June, 1-5pm

New this year - Orchard Learning Programme
& free taster sessions
Puzzled by fruit tree pruning, pests, or diseases? 
Pop along to a 15 minute Orchard Learning taster session:

  • 2pm - Mulch "sheets & bagels"
  • 3pm - Pests, diseases and disorders
  • 4pm - Pruning in the growing season

New - Home Orchard Plot -
now planted and happily toddling along at 18 months old.

Be inspired to gr
ow more fruit in small spaces.

 
Orchard members on hand to answer fruit growing questions
Homemade cakes, refreshments, produce and plants are for sale

Wassail! Saturday 13 January 2018, 2-4pm

posted 3 Jan 2018, 07:25 by Horfield Orchard   [ updated 3 Jan 2018, 07:46 ]

Huzza!
HUZZA!

Toast the orchard for a fruitful harvest

Bring ribbons, clouties & shining things to dress the trees

Make merry with Pigsty Morris

Listen up to Bristol Folk Singers

Homemade cakes and mulled Orchard juice for sale

                                            All welcome!

Apple Day - Sunday 22 October 2017, 2-4pm

posted 4 Oct 2017, 03:30 by Horfield Orchard   [ updated 4 Oct 2017, 03:34 ]

All are welcome to Apple Day - our fun, and fruit-filled, community celebration

Don't miss the much-loved apple tasting table, featuring more than two-dozen different varieties to try, including rare, local, and distinctive fruits, not usually found in the shops.  Juice making is an energetic and family-friendly activity.  Fresh-pressed juice tastes much more interesting than commercial juice, and brings even greater pleasure when accompanied by a slice of lovely home-made cake from the refreshments stall. 

Visitors to this year’s Apple Day can enjoy the newly planted Home Orchard Plot (HOP) – a mini orchard with a 10 x 4 metre footprint.  Orchard members planned and planted the HOP project to inspire everyone to grow fruit in small spaces. 

Find out more about the exciting Orchard Learning 2018, a 12-month, orchard-based practical learning programme, that begins Februrary 2018, and marks the 20th anniversary of HOCO.

Midsummer Orchard Open Day - Saturday 17 June - 1-5pm

posted 13 Jun 2017, 05:41 by Horfield Orchard

Enjoy an afternoon exploring Bristol’s pioneering community orchard.

Come and see our newly planted Home Orchard Plot project – a mini orchard with a 10 x 4 metre footprint.  Be inspired to grow productive and delicious fruit on your allotment or garden.

See our Orchard Roots Bristol exhibition for stories of local and heritage apples.  Find out how a small community group transformed a piece of marginal and neglected land into a beautiful, fruitful urban oasis.

·      The relaxed nature of this event gives us time to answer your fruit growing questions.

·      Homemade cakes, refreshments, produce and plants for sale.

·      Compost loo on site.

·      Join the orchard in June and share in this year’s harvest!


This day is part of a Trail of Two Orchards, co-organised with

Metford Road Community Orchard, which is open 12-5pm.  Entrance next to 37 Metford Road, BS6 7LA.

Double your orchard pleasure on June 17 and visit this secret, organic orchard planted on permaculture principles. 

It’s on a steep slope, sturdy shoes advised.  Enjoy thriving wildlife, guided tours, and refreshments. Produce and plants for sale. Compost loo on site.

More information at: www.mrco.wikidot.com/opendays

Wassail 2017

posted 4 Jan 2017, 14:54 by Julie Nuckey

Our 2017 Wassail will take place at the orchard on Saturday 14th January from 2pm till 4pm. Come along and sing and drink the health of our trees! They'll be apple juice and cakes for sale, and Pigsty Morris will be entertaining us again. Don't miss it!

Apple Day - Sunday 16 October 2016, 2-4pm

posted 2 Oct 2016, 05:18 by Horfield Orchard

All welcome to our pioneering urban community orchard
to celebrate the world's most delicious and diverse fruit

  • Featuring our wonderful Apple Tasting Table – with more than 20 varieties to sample
  • See more progress on the Home Orchard Plot
  • Make juice, and make merry with the local Pigsty Morris team
  • Fresh pressed juice, homemade cakes, produce, plants, and fruit trees for sale


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