Armagh’s Apple Blossom Weekend | Experience the Bright Cider Life
Visit Armagh this spring for the county’s Apple Blossom Weekend, taking place Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12.
Celebrating its orchard county status, Armagh will mark the start of this year’s growing season by offering people the opportunity to savour some great tastes. Set against the breath-taking pink backdrop of 4000 flower filled acres of land, Bramley goodies, apple juice, cider and tarts will be on offer for all.
A highlight of the weekend is the From Blossom to Griddle event. Set in the traditional Dan Winters Cottage, feast on soda and potato apple bread cooked the traditional way over a turf fire. Also available from Friday to Sunday is apple tarts with fresh cream, along with tours of the cottage.
Long Meadow Cider company opens its gates for Art in the Orchard on May 11. This will enable budding artists and beginners to enter the apple gardens to learn about line, colour and form. They will also have a chance to put brush to canvas, surrounded by scenic wonders.
The company will also be providing orchard tours for visitors on Saturday and Sunday. Attendees will be guided around Long Meadow Cider’s premises and will have an opportunity to see how cider is made.
The site of the first Bramley apple grown in Armagh, Crannagael House welcomes visitors to Bramley Beginnings. Savour the sights and tastes of the orchard, as you witness the stunning views at the core of orchard county and feast on seasonal treats produced at the house.
A local National Trust property, Ardress House throws open its doors each Sunday in May for Apple Blossom Sundays – providing apple treats and activities for the whole family. Meanwhile, Banbridge’s F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio’s in-house award-winning restaurant Quails will be offering an amazing afternoon tea throughout the weekend.
The festival’s Halo Wood Turning and Nature Trail Experience gives visitors a chance to experience first-hand the art of woodturning, a traditional local craft important to an Armagh Orchard at blossom time. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in making a pen to take home. This will follow a demonstration involving apple and non-apple local woods and a discussion on bee-keepers, who often work within apple orchards.
For more information on the events taking place over the Apple Blossom Weekend and to book your place, visit visitarmagh.com/spring.
While in Armagh for the festival, take the time to explore the gorgeous Georgian city steeped in history. Attractions include two impressive cathedrals dedicated to St Patrick, the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, the Armagh County Museum, the Mall, the Market Place Theatre and the Robinson Library.
There’s also plenty of amazing places to eat and drink and guided tours on offer, the latter exploring the city’s historic landmarks, ancient sites and age-old walkways.