December 11 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 23, 2013
THERE is an old saying that when you eat an apple you should think of the person who planted the tree.
Well, there is plenty of opportunity to do just that as this year’s weather created the ideal conditions for a bumper crop of apples at Audley End.
Visitors to the House and Gardens can mark the arrival of autumn on Saturday September 28 and Sunday 29 with a special weekend event that promises to have fun at its core!
Discover the history of Audley End and those who worked there, from servants in the laundry, kitchen maids and even resident horses and their keepers in the stables, each footstep around the grounds will contain the opportunity to retrace the past.
A journey back in time to the late 19th century will demonstrate the importance of harvest season to a historical stately home, as Victorian characters busy themselves throughout the grounds and service wing.
Authentic harvest recipes contained in the original cookbook of Avis Crocombe, the resident cook at Audley End during the 1880s, will be recreated and friends and family will be invited to enjoy the tastes of the period with dishes prepared using Victorian apples from the estate’s organic Kitchen Garden, in addition to other fruits and vegetables.
There will also be a bumper crop of apple-themed activities, stalls and refreshments throughout the day, along with useful gardening tips, demonstrations of traditional country crafts, seasonal cookery and even the opportunity to indulge in apple-based treats.
The garden contains over 120 varieties of apples, 40 varieties of pears plus other assorted plums and cherries.
Lucy Hutchings, events manager for English Heritage, said: “We really enjoy putting on this annual harvest themed event at Audley End.
“We have carefully selected the elements that we know our visitors enjoy to ensure a fun filled day out for the whole family. Last year was a resounding success, with thousands of visitors coming to enjoy the fun, and we are hoping to repeat that success this year.”
Entry is £13.40 for adults, £12.10 concessions, £8 for children and £34.80 for a family ticket. Tickets are free for English Heritage members.