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Apple day: help make a proper Bristol cider!

Sunday 8 October 2023 at 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

A pile of rosy apples.Help make a proper Bristol Cider! 

More apples than you can use? Donate them to be part of our local cider project and enjoy a free cider! 

Apple Day aims to reduce wastage of garden apples, bringing together the community and The Cider Box taprooms for this one-day event here at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden.   

How it works: 

Give your apples a rinse (especially if they’re grubby) and bag them up. Bruised apples are fine but please no rotten apples!  

Drop off your bags of apples between 5 –  7 October at one of three community hubs (see below), or bring them here on the day and get free access to the Botanic Garden. 

A 5kg donation of apples will give you 1 bottle of cider which you can collect  from The Cider Box in April 2024! 

All apple pomace will be donated to a local farm. 

More information 

What apples can I donate? 

Any apples are suitable for pressing. Please pick the fruit as close to possible to the day you donate them. We’ll only be able to use good quality fruit; it doesn’t have to be perfect, the odd bruise or is ok, but no rotten or even partially rotten fruit please! If you wouldn’t eat the apple, we can’t use it.  

Where are the community hubs and when can I drop off my apples?

The community hubs are Bramble Farm in Knowle, Hillfields Community Garden, and Lockleaze Community Hub. Apples will be collected from each hub and taken to the Botanic Garden for Apple Day. You can drop off your apples as follows:

How do I collect my cider? 

If you’ve chosen to receive cider (rather than apple juice on the day) then we will email you around April/May 2024 to let you know it’s ready to collect.  If you’ve chosen apple juice, bring your own bottle or vessel to be filled at the Botanic Garden.

How many apples can I donate?

You can donate as many apples as you like, although we will be giving a maximum of 5 bottles of cider per donation.


Sunday 8 October 2023
11:00 am to 3:00 pm


University of Bristol Botanic Garden
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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0117 42 82041

5 thoughts on “Apple day: help make a proper Bristol cider!

  1. Hi Jo; no need to book just come along. As far as Alumnus proof goes, people bring different proof such as emails from the alumni group, degree certificates, alumnus newsletter etc.

  2. You appear to have the wrong collection point for Lockleaze listed above on this web page. My understanding is the collection will be at the Hub in Lockleaze not at the orchard. To Lockleaze Orchard is presently closed off to the public generally and we are not planning to be there to open it up on the collection days.

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