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Family days out: Apple fayres at Cranbrook and Kent Life, near Maidstone

By Angela Cole

There could be a moon landing in Kent this weekend – or is it just pie in the sky?

A 35ft rocket, filled with a potent mixture of local cider and farmed treacle, is set to take off from Cranbrook High Street as the centrepiece for the Cranbrook Apple Fayre.

Appleo 11’s mission is to place a cox apple – grown at Doves Farm in Cranbrook on the surface of the moon using technology which had been accidentally left in a pub in Frittenden.

Weald of Kent Morris at the Cranbrook Apple Fair

Weald of Kent Morris at the Cranbrook Apple Fair

The take-off has been planned to coincide with the exact alignment of the Staplehurst and Hawkhurst buses leaving the town.

The culmination of six weeks of intensive construction, it will be remotely controlled from the bar of the George Hotel and the road will be closed from 2pm for pre-flight checks and for the Cranbrook Red Barrows display – always popular with fun-loving locals.

The celebration of all things apple-related will be held through the day on Saturday, October 7.

For details visit cranbrookapplefair.co.uk

The Red Barrows performing their famous display at the Cranbrook Apple Fayre Picture John Clement

The Red Barrows performing their famous display at the Cranbrook Apple Fayre Picture: John Clement

 

Frances Maddison-Roberts at Kent Life's Apple and Cider Fayre

Frances Maddison-Roberts at Kent Life's Apple and Cider Fayre

KENT LIFE'S APPLE AND CIDER FAYRE

Also taking place this weekend, there’s a chance to taste some of the 60 plus varieties of apples which have grown on the Kent Life site since the 1500s.

The Heritage Farm Park’s annual Apple and Cider Fayre, which will be on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, will see pickers busy in the orchards so visitors can enjoy the crop at its best.

Lovers of apple juice can find out about the traditional process of pressing them and watch demonstrations of cutting, crushing and pulping fresh apples, before seeing them squeezed in the attractions giant press dating from Victorian times.

Apple and Cider Fayre at Kent Life

Apple and Cider Fayre at Kent Life

Alongside the array of ciders there will be live music and morris dancing, as well as the chance to pick up a free apple cookbook with old fashioned recipes.

You can also indulge in the usual activities on offer including a ride on a tractor or the land train, meeting the animals in Cuddle Corner and strolling around the Vintage Village.

The site at Lock Lane, Sandling, is open from 10am to 5pm, with last admission 4pm.

For details call 01622 763936 or visit kentlife.org.uk

 

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