Apple Day

Over 200 people came to our Apple Day; the pub garden and car park were full of people enjoying the sunshine, sampling the juice, apples and cakes as well as supping one of the many craft ales at the Red Lion.

Paul Chilton's display was even bigger this year. He had a staggering display of 91 traditional heritage varieties of apples and pears all grown in the parish. We had 20 different varieties to taste as well!

Children had a great time too. Lobbing apples into the crusher, loading the press with all the mashed stuff and filling their cups when the juice all oozed out. There were apple games as well; obviously apple bobbing and pin the maggot on the apple. They made their own apple on a stick by coating it in melted chocolate and decorating it with sprinkles and marshmallows - chocolate faces all round.

The press kept going for four hours with each blend tasting distinctly different.  Some visitors brought their own apples to be identified by Paul or pressed into juice to take home.

Clearly the Brightwell cum Sotwell Apple Day is becoming well known as visitors came from towns and villages from here to Reading, Wantage and Oxford. After Waterperry Gardens we are certainly the biggest and best Apple Day in Oxfordshire.