Apple Sundays at Ardress

Oct 06 2019 - Oct 27 2019
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Ardress House 66 Ardress Road Annaghmore, Portadown,

Visit the National Trusts Ardress House every Sunday in October for some appley family fun.

At the height of the harvest season, Apple Sundays will celebrate the wonderful fruit that has made Co. Armagh famous!

Visitors will have a chance to use a traditional apple press to make their own apple juice and once again, visitors can ‘pick their own’ from the orchards surrounding Ardress House (limited availability). Local fruit farmer, Dermot Morgan will also be on hand to give information on the Armagh Bramley Apple and visitors will be amazed at the varieties of apples on display.

Visitors can enjoy apple teas in the historic threshing barn and relax in the rustic surroundings whilst tasting freshly baked apple tart and cream, plus other treats. The BBQ will also be fired up on 6 and 13 October.

Try some MacIvors Cider, produced from apples grown at Ardress. They will be on site giving visitors a taster of what they describe as ‘a unique Irish craft cider’. Hear about the history of the orchards surrounding Ardress on an Orchard tour.

Visitors will also be able to purchase local honey products and watch local baker Helen Glasgow in action as she makes her special apple pancakes. Kids can step back in time and become dairy workers plus there will be live music around the courtyard.

The autumn colours are a beautiful sight at Ardress. Take the opportunity to see the golden and russet colours and nature’s splendour on the gentle walks around the property such as ‘The Lady’s Mile’. Whilst you’re there, why not say hello to the farmyard animals and feed the chickens.

To top off your visit, take a tour of Ardress House to discover the history behind this charming 17th-century farmhouse, famous for the elegant neo-classical drawing room, with plasterwork by Michael Stapelton.