On Sunday, we headed to Erddig for the annual apple festival with the Mini Travellers gang on a bit of #UKexplore team day out, husbands and children included! Having been grey and overcast the previous day, we were so surprised to wake up to the bluest of skies. Wellies and coats were happily left at home as we skipped out of the door and drove along the winding Welsh roads to one of our favourite National Trust properties.
Around 180 apple varieties are grown at Erdigg. Can you believe that?! If pushed, I could probably name five, maybe six. But 180?! I had no idea that many even existed. It's a staggering amount.
The children particularly enjoyed the Erddig apple trail, hunting for the five painted apples hidden in the garden, not in the least because they were all rewarded with toffee apples for finding them. Smiling, sticky faces were everywhere ... on the one day I'd forgotten to pack wipes. The joys!
Rides on Hemlock (check out Simon O'Rourke's tree carvings ... they're breathtaking), apple and spoon races, Punch and Judy shows, live music, a selection of local food stalls, not forgetting a cider and apple juice bar ... there was so much to do, and something for everyone to enjoy.
If you get the opportunity, definitely think about adding the festival to your diary for next year. We'll be returning, for sure.
The gardens were looking amazing too, with little sign of of autumn taking hold. That will come soon though, I'm sure. Although, what about this weather? It's just glorious, isn't it? I don't want it to end.
Erddig has so many lovely things organised over the next couple of months (too early to mention the festive season?! ... it's where I take the boys each year to see Father Christmas) so it's well worth following the Facebook page to keep up to date. There's an Alice's Adventures in Wonderland themed garden trail coming up in December. I can't wait!
The National Trust were kind enough to invite us to Erddig as their guests for the day.