Every year people flock to the Blackmoor Estate for its cider, apples and fete. 

The famous apple tasting day has been running for more than 50 years and returns this Sunday, October 8. 

This free local event is in aid of local charities and is a rare opportunity for fruit enthusiasts to taste a wide variety of the old and new apple and pear varieties grown at Blackmoor – from traditional favourites like Cox’s Orange Pippin to exciting new varieties like Opal and Rubens. 

Morris Dancing at Blackmoor
Morris Dancing at Blackmoor apple tasting festival (Blackmoor apple tasting festival )

If you want to know what that apple growing in your garden is, there will be apple experts on hand to identify mystery apples. 

There will be fruit trees and plants will be available from the nursery. But it’s not all about the apples.

As usual there will be a range of other attractions including a rural craft fair and demonstrations, a community fete, local produce stalls, horse and cart rides, cakes and teas, a climbing wall, Morris dancing – and cider, of course!

This year there will also be the Charmborough Mobile Belfry where you can find out more about bell ringing and watch a demonstration.

The event is open from 10am to 4pm at Blackmoor, GU33 6BY. Dogs are welcome on leads but not inside the craft barns and food hall.