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Like any discerning cider drinker, you want to gret out into the sunshine to meet and chat with other cider heads who share your passion.

What better place than a pub, or festival. A great opportunity to learn about cider, perry and even ask the cider makers about how to make your own cider.

Hope to see you at some of these events. Check the related links below for reviews of past events.

These are the classic real cider events, if you are a newcomer to the scene, or an old hand – get involved!

  • Bristol (CAMRA) Beer Festival – Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th March – Temple Meads, Bristol
  • Big Apple Cider & Perry Trials – Saturday 4th May – Putley, Herefordshire
  • Hope Cider Fest – Saturday 18th May – Stonehouse, Gloucestershire
  • Welsh Perry & Cider Fest – Friday 24th – Mon day27th May – Caldicot Castle, South Wales
  • Bath & West Show – Wednesday 29th May – Saturday 1st June – Shepton Mallet, Somerset
  • Three Counties Show – Friday 14th – Sunday 16th June – Malvern, Worcestershire
  • Ross-on-Wye Cider Fest – Friday 30th Aug – Sunday 1st Sept – Broome Farm, Ross-on-Wye

If you know of any other cider events coming up let us know in the comments below.

It’s busy all year with the cider maker – for a chance to get out and mingle with other like minded cider makers, and drinkers you’d be hard pushed to find a better line up of events than these. Don’t forget to check out our full events listings.

  • International Cider Challenge – judging – 9 March, by
  • National Association of Cider Makers Seminar – Hereford Cider Museum – 26 April, by NACM
  • Cider apple trees in blossom – (starts) end of April – various locations
  • International Cider Challenge – results announced – May
  • The Royal Bath & West Show – 30 May – 2 June
  • Three Counties Show – 15 – 17 June 2012
  • Cider Apple Harvest – (starts) early September
  • National Apple Day October – Sunday 21 October

Want to have a cider tasting event for your company, club or party?

A team building event for businesses or just a fun night with your friends. Discover the wonderful world of ‘Real’ cider by learning about and appreciating some of the best cider’s and perries around.

Still, sparkling, dry, sweet, cider and perry? We will decipher all this, and guide you into the world of cider and perry.

Taste and enjoy a hand-picked selection of regional ciders that will get you excited about this wonderful traditional and ancient drink.

Prices based on size of group, usually with a selection of 3/4 ciders and perries, and mulled cider (optional). Packages always bespoke to suit your needs and requirements for your event.

Contact us for more details or call Jim Callender directly on 07888 701 588.

Slideshow featuring photographs from a recent cider tasting event

Cider tasting weekend - North Somerset

Apple day at Stanmer Park, East Sussex

October is a very exciting month for cider fans, not only do you get to harvest this years apples, make cider and visit some fantastic pubs during cider month, there is also Apple day – a collection of nationwide events to celebrate the ultimate fruit of gods ;)

A great way to learn about what makes cider great, the different types of apples grown locally near you, and how to make cider..

Here is our choice of the best apple day events around the UK:

Apple Festival at Middle Farm, Firle, East Sussex, 16th & 17th October

A hearty celebration in music, dance and feasting of all things apple. A huge assortment of locally sourced apples and pears,a proper old time funfair, a huge puppet show, morris sides, scrumptious cosmopolitan hot and cold eats, cider bars, a mead bar and two music stages for your delectation and delight. Full details

Apple Day at The Stubbing Wharf, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, 23rd October

“There’s a bit of a dearth of Apple Day activity in the north, and it’s a great opportunity to get acquainted with a wide range of apple juices and ciders.” Apple Day has also become a welcome return to the Stubbing Wharf’s highly regarded Cider Festival. Whilst the Apple Day celebrates the eating and drinking delights of apples and their juices, it has also become soothing of a ‘Mini Cider Fest’. Full details

Apple day at Borough Market, London, 24th October

Bringing the taste of autumn into the heart of London, Apple Day at Borough Market is also set to be a day of autumnal festivity as live music and street performers entertain the crowds during the day. Full details

Community Cider Making at The Crown Inn, Woolhope, Herefordshire, 24th October

Turn up, have fun! Great for all ages and active participation (child labour) is encouraged. Full details

Cider making open day at Mill House Cider Museum, Owermoigne, Dorset, 28th October

Come to see a day of Traditional Cider Making taking place in October half term at the Cider Museum in Owermoigne, Dorset ! Apples will be crushed and pressed using the antique equipment – a chance for people to see the traditional way of making cider in the flesh. Full details

Don’t forget to visit our cider festival calendar

Over the next week cider lovers have no less than 8 exciting regional cider events to get yourself along to.

Represented from Suffolk in the East, to South Wales in the West, to Newark in the North(ish). There are some really talented cider and perry producers coming to the forefront, some for the first time this year. You’ll be able to taste a wide range of local ciders and perries to the event, and maybe even meet the producers themselves – at events just like the ones below.

Here on the Real Cider community, we are getting more and more interest from a wide range of cider drinkers. However, some are not sure where to start, so why not share your experiences of your next cider event with us!

Would you like to review the cider event that you are going to?

We’d love to be able to share your experiences with other like-minded cider fans, virgins to old-timers.. Don’t be shy! We are just looking for a few paragraphs about the event, your favourite ciders, and anything else. If you have photos that would really bring the article to life.

Read the recent Hove cider festival review to get an idea of what we’ve written about from previous cider events.


The Chappel Cider Festival

  • When 4 – 7 Jun 2010
  • Where CO6 2DS
  • Description Up to 70 types of cider. Entrance is free. At the Anglian railway Museum


Southampton Beer & Cider Festival

  • When 3 – 5 Jun 2010
  • Where Southampton Guildhall, Southampton
  • Description Features the first outing of 146 Cider, plus others!!


Newark Beer & Cider Festival

  • When 28 – 30 May 2010
  • Where Riverside Park in the shadow of Newark Castle.
  • Description Since the first festival in 1996, it has become a major attraction drawing both the enthusiast and the inquisitive to the banks of the River Trent to enjoy great music, good food and, of course, an amazing selection of cask conditioned beers and ciders


Newark Beer & Cider Festival

  • When 27 – 29 May 2010
  • Where Delapré Abbey
  • Description The Northamptonshire Beer Festival (also known as the Delapré Abbey Beer Festival) is organised jointly by the Northants branch of CAMRA and the Friends of Delapré Abbe


Dove Street Inn Beer Festival, Ipswich

  • When 26 – 31 May 2010
  • Where The Dove Street Inn, 76 St. Helens St, Ipswich, IP4 2LA (map)
  • Description 60+ beers, milds & Ciders see

South Wales

Welsh cider and perry festival at The Clytha Arms

  • When 29 – 31 May 2010
  • Where The Clytha Arms
  • Description Taste over 70 different types of cider and perries Near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, South Wales. Address and Directions / Tel: 01873 840 206


Cider and Perry show at Bath and West show, Shepton Mallet

  • When 4 – 6 Jun 2010
  • Where Bath and west showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
  • Description The biggest cider competition in the country takes place in the Orchard and Cider pavilion at The Royal Bath and West Show. Entrants from all corners of the kingdom compete for the title of Supreme Championship. This year the Pavilion’s theme is Wessex in honour of our show president, Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

West Sussex

Glastonwick, west sussex

  • When 4 – 6 Jun 2010
  • Where Church Farm, Coombes, West Sussex
  • Description For the 15th consecutive year, and our fourth at the fabulous rural location of Coombes, this popular festival will again bring sleepy Sussex to life in June 2010.

View all our listed forthcoming cider events.

If there is an event that isn’t listed that you know about, please leave the information as a comment below. Thank you!

rowIf you fancy a trip to the Wye Valley that spans the English and Welsh borders, you will be in for a treat if you go the same time as any of the events that Ross on Wye cider are hosting this year.

For all other cider related events, please visit our cider events page.

Saturday 5th June – The Broome Cupboard Blues Band

plus support from The  Deadbeats.

The Broome cupboards are Ross on Wye’s finest blues band. Formed in the summer of ’08 as a ‘pure blues’ band. A 5 piece band resulting in a diverse and lively set, and very easy to dance to!

Licensed Bar from 6pm & Food available

Tickets £6 on the door

Sunday 4th July – Musica d’Italia

. An afternoon with Clementine Lovell together with Italian Tenor Nicolo Gabelli she will be performing Italian opera duets, arias and Neapolitan songs accompanied by Romina Vigne, a professor of singing and piano from Genoa.  There will also be a supporting performance by local choir BranchLine.

Licensed Bar from 2pm Afternoon Teas served from 3pm Concert

Ticket £10 Available from the Cider Cellar

Friday 30th July – Let’s Hear It For Headway

Live music event in support of the Broome Farm charity this year – Herefordshire Headway who provide support and services for people with brain injuries and their carers

Licensed Bar from 6pm with food available

Tickets £7.50 on the door (under 16s free)

Saturday 31st July – World Challenge Ceiledh

Live Music and lots of Barn Dances in support of a World Challenge Project

Licensed Bar from 6pm with food available. Tickets £7.50 on the door (under 16s free)

Tickets £10 available from the Cider Cellar.

Cider Festival 2010

Friday 3rd September   The Ceiledh

The traditional opening night – live music from ‘Porridge’ and lots of dancing

Licensed Bar from 6pm with food available.

Saturday 4th September   The Cidermakers

A range of traditionally made cider and perry available with over 10 other local cidermakers in attendance and a varied programme of live music through to 11pm

Licensed Bar from 12 noon with food available.

Entry on Friday & Saturday by Advance Ticket only

On sale from 1st June – first come first served!

Sunday 5th September   The Market

Free Entry – Farmers and Craft market with live music

Licensed Bar from 11am with food available.

Camping is available for the 30-31st weekend and 3-4th September 2010 in the old orchard. £6 per person per night (under 16’s free) plus breakfast. Served 8:30a, – 10:30am both days.

John Harris from described the ciders and perries produced by Mike at Broome Farm as being:

Masterpieces of blending. Unlike most producers, walking into Mike’s cellar you’ll be presented with the names of the apples used for each barrel, and generally they’ll be different each time you go. Sometimes he has as little as a single barrel of a particular blend.

Mike has a fantastic palate and really enjoys discussing flavours with his customers. One of the pioneering ranges he has produced is a set of bottled single-varietal ciders, along with blending notes, so his customers can mix the precise blend they like for themselves.

For more information: Broome Farm, Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire  HR9 6QG 01989 567232