Making Merry at the New Forest Cider Weekend....with toffee apples for the kids


You can smell the apples before you can see them at the New Forest Cider Making Weekend. Everywhere you look apples are being squashed by hand presses with good old graft as power, enormous steam powered contraptions and everything in between. Live music and cider in every form – this is how country fairs should be!

The stalls were a variety of independent makers, crafters, artists and designers, with a big selection of wood and country crafts. Blacksmiths, wood turners, hurdle makers and whittlers worked away all day whilst steam engines slowly chugged around the edge of the field. 

The boys were kept amused with a tractor ride from the car park, toffee apples sweet enough to make your teeth ache, a coconut shy, swing boats and then a good dance to the Skimmity Hitchers – who had everyone up and jumping around to the wonderful ‘Viva Lyme Regis’. My favourite however was their take on the daft punk classic - ‘Up all night to drink Scrumpy’, I am still singing it now!

We spent the best part of the day catching up with family and soaking up the atmosphere at this wonderful little event.



New Forest Cider, Pound Lane, Burley, Hampshire, BH24 4ED

£3 entry fee for adults (going to local charities)
Free for under 14’s

Look on the website for next year’s date – this year was 14th & 15th October 11:00am to 4:30pm

We stayed in the van nearby at the Avon Tyrell campsite, which deserves a post in its own right – everything a little adventurer could want in a campsite.