West Bradley Orchards, located in the heart of Somerset, home of British Cider, opened a series of ‘Pick Your Own’ weekends in September with a picnic attended by local MP David Warburton and his family.
The Pick Your Own days take place every weekend in September, with visitors invited to pick and purchase their own apples and pears.
West Bradley is one of the only orchards in the West of England to offer this unique opportunity to visit a working apple farm and select your own produce.
David Warburton MP, Member of Parliament for Somerton and Frome, said at the opening “It was terrific to visit West Bradley Orchards to launch this year’s Pick Your Own season. I’m always amazed by the extraordinary work that goes on at the Orchards – their scientific approach to getting fruit absolutely perfect, combined with such astonishing energy and enthusiasm. The result this year, as ever, are apples that are second to none! I couldn’t recommend it more for a fantastic family visit.”
The Clifton-Brown family, owners of West Bradley Orchards, invite visitors to bring a picnic, take a walk through the orchards, press apples to make fresh juice and enjoy a family day out. There is a fantastic selection of over 15 eating and cooking apples to choose from and three delicious pear varieties.
Edward Clifton-Brown, who has been running the orchards for 30 years, said: “We’re delighted with this year’s crop, although it is a surprisingly late season, and are looking forward to introducing visitors to the many varieties we have on offer. The apple press proved incredibly popular last weekend and many of our visitors left with bags of apples and pears as well as bottles of freshly pressed juice. We look forward to welcoming more visitors in the coming weekends as the apples finish ripening on the trees.”
One of only three dessert apple orchards in Somerset and spread over 70 acres, West Bradley Orchards has been growing apples commercially for over a century and sells cider apples, dessert apples, pears and walnuts. The orchard is also home to well-known cider brand Orchard Pig, whose headquarters are located on the farm.
For a full list of what you can pick at the orchard check out the list here.
Details of the remaining Pick Your Own Weekends:
Where: West Bradley Orchards, West Bradley, Somerset, BA6 8LT
When: Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th September 2016
Opening Times: 10am to 5pm
For more details about the Pick Your Own visit www.westbradleyorchards.com