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Acorn Bank Apple Day

October 20, 2010

Acorn Bank is a National Trust property located at Temple Sowerby about six miles East of Penrith.

Acorn Bank, Temple Sowerby

The gardens are renowned for the amazing selection of over 250 herbs, medicinal and culinary, and the orchards with traditional fruit trees with lots of old English varieties of Apples.

Apple Day, Acorn Bank

Once a year they hold an Apple Day which features all things “Apple” and also includes lots of local groups and craft makers.

Traditional Music

Traditional music floated through the air as you approached the main house.

Apple Press

People were already having a go at pressing their own apples, and a competition to make the longest apple peel was under way.

Longest Apple Peel Competition.

I watched this for quite a while, as there were some very earnest apple peeler’s.

Traditional Basket Weaving

Information about apples , varieties, growing etc. were displayed in the house and if you had brought your own apples you could have them identified.

Apple buying

It was time for a walk round the gardens fortified with some pumpkin and apple soup , sensing a theme here?. The red sandstone house was once the local base for the Knights Templar and the name Acorn Bank was first recorded in 1597. The walled gardens protect the plants from the Cumbrian weather.

Thistle Head

Many fruit, vegetable and herb plants fill the garden but I was drawn to this thistle head and also some rhubarb which was an amazing colour with the light shining through it,

Rhubarb Plant

In the corner of the garden are beehives overhung with apple trees.

Bee hives Acorn Bank

There is a nice circular walk through the grounds of Acorn Bank to a Watermill which is being restored. Restoration started in the 1980’s and opened to the public in 1997.

Watermill Acorn Bank

Situated on the Crowdundle Beck the inside has a number of interpretive boards giving historic information about the mill.

Acorn Bank Mill

Other crafts were situated along the path on the way back to the main house.

Swill Maker

Just time to do a bit of Apple Bowling

Apple Bowling

And to throw a few windfall apples at Aunt Sally.

Aunt Sally

Then it was time to head off to another local event taking place nearby, a cheese festival. No guesses what was for tea! Local apples and cheese delicious.

Acorn Bank is well worth a visit at any time of year, it has a fantastic tea room and a great shop with plants for sale.


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