Visit Ardress House every Sunday in October for some apple family fun. At the height of the harvest season, Apple Sundays will celebrate the wonderful fruit that has made Co. Armagh famous!
Visitors will have a chance to use a traditional apple press to make their own apple juice and once again, visitors can ‘pick their own’ from the orchards surrounding Ardress House (limited availability). Local fruit farmer, Dermot Morgan will also be on hand to give information on the Armagh Bramley Apple and visitors will be amazed at the varieties of apples on display.
Visitors can enjoy apple teas in the historic threshing barn and relax in the rustic surroundings whilst tasting freshly baked apple tart and cream, plus other treats. Forthill Farm will also be firing up their BBQ on 7 and 14 October.
Try some MacIvors Cider, produced from apples grown at Ardress. Greg MacNeice, co-owner of MacNeice Fruit who produce MacIvors cider will be on site giving visitors a taster of what he describes as ‘a unique Irish craft cider’. Hear about the history of the orchards surrounding Ardress on an Orchard tour. Visitors will also be able to purchase local honey products and watch local baker Helen Glasgow in action as she makes her special apple pancakes. There is also storytelling and face stencils for the kids plus live music in the courtyard.
The autumn colours are a beautiful sight at Ardress. Take the opportunity to see the golden and russet colours and nature’s splendour on the gentle walks around the property such as ‘The Lady’s Mile’. Whilst you’re there, why not say hello to the farmyard animals and feed the chickens. To top off your visit, take a tour of Ardress House to discover the history behind this charming 17th-century farmhouse, famous for the elegant neo-classical drawing room, with plasterwork by Michael Stapelton.
Why not visit The Argory to complete your great day out? Just a short 10-minute drive from Ardress House, park up and relax over a hot drink and some home baked produce in the Courtyard Coffee Shop. Ardress House is only 20 minutes’ drive from Armagh and Portadown town centres so why not make the most of your Sunday and spend a fun day out with the National Trust.
Apple Sundays will take place every Sunday throughout October, 11am-5pm. Normal Admission National Trust Members Free. For more information please visit nationaltrust.org.uk/ardress-house or visit our Facebook page at National Trust Mid Ulster.