Visit the Cider Museum in Hereford to learn about the history of cider making - how the apples were milled and pressed and how the resulting juice was fermented to produce cider. The Cider Museum is housed in an original cider making factory and visitors can walk through unique champagne-cider cellars and view a cooper’s workshop and vat house.
Pomona Place, Hereford HR4 0EF | Charity number: 267034
Tel: 01432 354 207
10.00am to 5pm April to October
11.00am to 3pm November to March
(closed on Sundays but open Bank Holiday weekends). Group tours are available when booked in advance and there is an annual programme of events held throughout the year.
FREE PARKING, Gift Shop and Tea Room on site.
Admire 19th century watercolours of cider apples and perry pears and a rare collection of engraved English Lead Crystal cider glasses dating from 1765 onwards. Listen to oral history recordings and view old photographs.
Visit the Cider making Festival in October to view demonstrations of traditional cider making as well as bee keeping exhibitions, crafts, cider stalls and tutored cider tastings.
Master cider maker Ralph Owen will be demonstrating the traditional way of making cider using a portable mill and press powered by tractor engine.
Learn about the old craft of coopering. Demonstrations provided by the Wadworth Brewery.
Steve Mitchell will be giving demonstrations throughout the weekend. Steve is a Licencate of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths and Blacksmithing lecturer at Holme Lacy College.
Traditional orchards contained a lot more than just apple trees – there were usually sheep or cattle grazing and most important of all, there were beehives to ensure that the apple blossom was pollinated in order to produce a good crop of fruit. Bee keeping is a craft closely associated with cider making and experts will be on hand to offer advice.
Demonstrations and “have a go” sessions in traditional green woodworking skills using orchard tree wood for carving, pole lathe turning and cleaving.
Apple Day is celebrated on 21st October each year, and throughout the Cider making Festival there will be a display of the many different varieties of apples grown.
For help and information relating to conservation of birds and wildlife in gardens.
Talk to the experts about animal care and re-homing and learn about the essential work they undertake.
Learn how to detect the constituents of cider from Master Cider makers on both days and how to recognise the different aromas and characteristics of the many ciders on offer.
Morris Dancers will be providing displays of dancing on both days and encouraging visitors to join in!
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