Apple Blossom Sundays at Ardress House
May 12 2019 - May 19 2019
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Ardress will be celebrating the apple blossom with apple treats and fun for all the family.
County Armagh is known as the Orchard of Ireland because of its many apple orchards that span over 4,000 acres of countryside. The Orchard County of Armagh, with Ardress House at its heart, is widely known for its apple growing tradition.
The Apple Blossom Sundays at National Trust Ardress House on Sunday 12 and Sunday 19 May are a celebration of the rich apple growing heritage in Armagh. With stunning pink and white blossom providing a spectacular backdrop for the event.
Visitors can enjoy country teas in the historic threshing barn and relax in the rustic surroundings overlooking the orchards and the farmyard. On Sunday 12 May there will also be a BBQ to enjoy. Local baker, Helen Glasgow will also be making fresh pancakes and you can savour them straight from the griddle. To top it off there will be traditional tunes from the Armagh Rhymers.
Our Rangers will demonstrate spring crafts throughout the day and will show you how to make your very own May Day crown. There will also be the chance to purchase vegetable plants from the walled garden at The Argory, a sister Mid Ulster National Trust property.
Visitors can learn more about the historic orchards surrounding Ardress House on an intriguing orchard tour and the Mid Ulster Bee Keepers will have their display of honey products and will tell you all you need to know as to the importance of the honeybee in the fruit growing process.
Try some MacIvors Cider, produced from apples grown at Ardress. They will be on site throughout the day giving visitors a taster of what they describe as ‘a unique Irish craft cider’.
A visit to Ardress wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the house. Discover the history behind this charming 17th century farmhouse, lived in by the Ensor family and famous for the elegant neo-classical drawing room, with plasterwork by Michael Stapelton.
Come along with the family and enjoy the fun. Taking place on Sunday 12 May and Sunday 19 May.