Apple Day

Boxes full of apples

Apple Day is on 21 October each year and celebrates all things related to apples and apple products. 

Apple Day was started in 1990 by Sue King and Angela Clifford, co-founders of the conservation charity Common Ground. The first Apple Day was held at London’s Covent Garden market and marked the return of fruit to the market after 16 years absence.

Apple picking a a Vale Cider orchard

Apple Day takes place in October to coincide with the end of the apple harvesting season. 

Discovery and Ashmead's Kernel apples

Some apple varieties ripen in late August whilst other do not ripen until late October or even November. However, most apples will have been picked by 21 October. 

Little and large apples

Apples come in all sizes and types, with uses including eating, juicing, cider-making and making into food products like Apple Butter and Apple Sauce.

Spoonful of apple butter

From the start, Apple Day was intended to be both a celebration and a demonstration of the variety of heritage apples we are in danger of losing, as well as the threats to the richness and diversity of landscape, ecology and culture too. 

The success of Apple Day has shown what the apple means to us and how much we need local celebrations in which, year after year, everyone can be involved. 

a cider stall and practical demonstration at an apple day

What started on 21st October 1990 as an attempt to spread environmental awareness and a celebration of autumn as a whole, has quickly grown into a public holiday that celebrates apples, apple products, orchards, the provenance and traceability of our food and the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability. 

basket of apples with Vale Cider products

To celebrate all things apple – on Apple Day and every day – we have put together some online fun activities and information. Just see the links below.

Test your Apple Trivia Knowledge with our Fun Quiz

boxes of apples

Test your Cider Trivia Knowledge with our Fun Quiz

Photoshopped image of Queen with Vale Cider Bottle

Find out about the meaning of Cider words

word cloud of cider words

See our recipes for using apples and cider

welsh rarebit on plate

Find out about Apple Butter

jar of apple butter and serving suggestion

Find out how we make Vale Cider

Operating the cider press

Watch our Two Minute Guide to checking Apple Ripeness.

Watch our Two Minute Guide to basic equipment for home pressing of a few apples.

Watch our 5 Minute Guide to pressing a moderate number of apples at home.

Find out about the history of Cider in Wales

collage of old and new images of cider making in wales

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