Festivals · Trips & Outings

Celebrating all things apple…

A couple of weeks ago, Mr. J and I wanted to have a relaxing weekend at home but our active 3 year old decided otherwise! Searching for toddler friendly activities in our local area, I came across an Apple Festival at the beautiful Fenton House in Hampstead. 

A former Merchant’s house built in the 17th Century, it is now part of the National Trust. The house contains a solid collection of art, Chinese porcelain and Georgian furniture. However, the highlight for me was the early keyboard collection of Benton Fletcher’s, as a pianist it was wonderful to see the 17th and 18th Century harpsichords. 

The interior of the house itself was lovely but the star of Fenton House, in our opinion is the walled garden with the 300 year old orchard, full of rare apple varieties. It’s therefore very fitting that the house hosts an Apple Festival every year, where visitors can taste the apples, sample the juices and ciders. There were also stalls selling local produce from homemade cakes, crafts to honey. 

In addition, there were plenty of activities to keep the children entertained, from face painting to giant board games in the garden. Our cheeky chap loved watching the apples going into the wooden fruit press and seeing the juice ‘magically’ appearing into a container. Though I think, he loved sampling the juice more! All in all, it was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday…

Bubs embracing the theme in the Tinycottons Apple Tee

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