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As the autumn leaves begin to change colour, our thoughts turn to nature’s abundant harvest.

To mark this special time of year, there are events coming up in Shakespeare’s England with a strong focus on apples.

Festivities kick off on 15th October with the Apple And Ale Weekend at The Fleece Inn, near Evesham. This annual celebration of real ale, cider and song includes Morris dancing, mumming (traditional seasonal folk plays), skittles, apple displays and tastings, cider making demonstrations and live music. There’s even camping available for those who wish to let their hair down and not have to worry about driving home!

Sunday 16th October sees Hill Close Gardens host its annual Apple Day & Country Fair. This is the perfect chance to celebrate all things ‘appley’ at these historic hidden gardens in the heart of Warwick. Enjoy a leisurely day browsing a number of plant, craft and food stalls, from tasty cheeses to wood carving displays. Delight at the display of the different historic varieties of apples grown, marvel at the wonders of bee keeping and have a go at various competitions such as ‘guess the weight’ or ‘create the longest apple peel’.

Meanwhile, did you know…?

·         There are more than 7,500 different varieties grown around the world.

·         The average apple contains around 130 calories.

·         Apple seeds contain a naturally occurring cyanide compound, but you’d have to eat a huge number for it to have an effect.

·         Apples float because 25% of their volume consists of air.

·         The science of apple growing is called pomology.

·         Malusdomesticaphobia is the fear of apples.

Hopefully all of this has whetted your appetite for some apple-tastic fun this weekend!

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