Southwell is a lovely place to visit at any time of year, but even more so in October when the town gets into festival mode and celebrates its history as the birth place of the Bramley Apple. The original Bramley Apple tree still stands proudly in Southwell and still bears fruit. This year the Bramley Festival takes place on Saturday 20th October – and it’s a special one as it marks the 25th year of the Festival!

The 25th Bramley Festival in SouthwellCelebrations begin with a parade of apple pickers and the raising of the Bramley Apple Flag above Southwell Minster. The festival will officially be opened by the Master Fruiterer of the Worship Company of Fruiterers with music by the band Tamar. A Food and Drink Festival is held in Southwell Minster and incorporates all manner of apple-related products, fruit specialists and craftsmen. There are apple-related competitions and throughout the town shops, businesses, Southwell Library, cafes, restaurants and local pubs take part in the occasion.

What is going on at The Bramley Festival 2018?

As always there is lots of apple related activities to explore. The Food and Drink Festival takes place at Southwell Minster with a number of the main festival’s events at Southwell Library. There are also events at the Archbishop’s Palace, Norwood Park and The Workhouse.

Here is a roundup of what to expect at the 25th Bramley Apple Festival.

Southwell Minster at the Bramley Apple Festival

Southwell Minster

From 10am – 4pm the Southwell Minster will hold the beloved Festival of Food and Drink, with 30+ food and drink stalls, featuring some of the best small producers and retailers as well as displays of apples and music from the band Tamar.

There will also be cookery demonstrations as part of the Festival of Food and Drink from 10.45am till 3.30pm which includes simple entertaining food, easy on the waistline, pork, chili and chocolate.

Archbishop’s Palace

From 10.30am – 3pm there will be children’s theme crafts and activities in the lovely surroundings of the Archbishop’s Palace and the best bit is that it is free to take part!

Bramley Apple PieSouthwell Library

The Woman’s Institute will be in Southwell library between 9am – 3pm with various stalls including homemade refreshments!

There will also be a Bramley Painting and Poetry Competition between 9am – 3pm. Winners will be announced on Sunday 21st at 4pm.

From 1pm – 3pm come and view the apple pies as part of the Apple Pie Competition and decide which one you think should win! Prizes will be awarded by Nottinghamshire WI at 3pm.

At 2.30pm the Minster School Ceilidh Band will perform with singing and clog dancing performances.

Finally at 3.30pm there will be the crowning of the Bramley King and Queen! Children from Lowe’s Wong Infant School will be wearing their apple themed outfits hoping to be the next Bramley Apple King and Queen – All hail the Bramley King and Queen!

The Workhouse

From 12pm – 4pm visit The Workhouse try creating the longest apple peel or follow the apple trail. Admission charges apply.

Bramley ApplesStarkey’s Fruit Farm, Norwood Park

At 12.30pm treat yourself to a demo on how to juice the famous Starkey apples and then at 1.30pm take a tour of the fabulous Bramley Orchard. Sign up and details at Starkey’s Stand in Festival of Food and Drink.

For more information

Full details are available in a leaflet from Southwell Tourism Information Centre, The Minster Centre, Church Street, Southwell, NG25 0HD, Tel: 01636 819038. Email:

There is also information online at




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