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.

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


Summer Orchard Open Day 2016

posted 2 Jun 2016, 03:05 by Horfield Orchard

Saturday 4 June, 1-5pm
All welcome
Enjoy a green & pleasant afternoon

Fruit growing inspiration and information
Home made cakes and refreshments for sale
Orchard Roots Bristol exhibition
Plants and produce for sale
Home Orchard Plot - a new mini-orchard project
Join the orchard for a share in this year's harvest
Part of Bristol's Get Growing Garden Trail

Orchard Wassail 2016

posted 3 Dec 2015, 04:03 by Horfield Orchard   [ updated 3 Dec 2015, 04:15 ]

Here's to thee Old Apple Tree...
All welcome to Wassail
Horfield Organic Community Orchard
Saturday 16 January 2016, 2 - 4pm

Toast the orchard for a fruitful harvest
Bring ribbons, clouties & shining things to dress the trees
Homemade cakes and mulled Orchard juice for sale
Make merry with Pigsty Morris

Celebrate Apple Day 2015

posted 29 Sep 2015, 05:32 by Horfield Orchard   [ updated 29 Sep 2015, 05:34 ]

Our sacks, bushel baskets, wheelbarrows, and pockets are full of apples
All are welcome to make juice, make merry,
and celebrate the autumn harvest

Apple Day
Sunday 18 October, 2-4pm
Apple Harvest
Taste apples from the orchard
Juice pressing
Make merry with Pigsty Morris
Home made cake, local produce, and trees for sale
Orchard Roots Bristol exhibition

Fruit growing questions & answers

Join the orchard as a friend


Wassail Saturday 17 Januray 2015

posted 14 Dec 2014, 04:13 by Horfield Orchard   [ updated 14 Dec 2014, 04:22 ]

Every twig, apples big, every branch fruit full...

All are welcome to Wassail

Horfield Organic Community Orchard

Saturday 17 January 2015, 2 - 4pm

 

Toast the orchard for a fruitful harvest
Bring ribbons, clouties & shining things to dress the trees
Homemade cakes and mulled Orchard juice for sale
Make merry with Pigsty Morris
Apple trees for sale


Do you want to learn more about fruit growing? We are now open for new people to join us as harvest-share members or supporting friends.
Find out more at the Wassail.

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