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Celebrate autumn at Apple Day in Fulham Palace

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Image captionImage 1: Food stall at the 2021 Apple Day event. Photo credit: Marcus Dawes

Get set to celebrate the start of autumn at Fulham Palace as the popular Apple Day returns next month.

Live music, crafts, a tombola and seasonal produce will add a sprinkle of fun to the free family event on Sunday 1 October. From chicken-keeping sessions to tours of the historic orchard and walled garden, the centuries-old former home of the Bishops of London will be transformed for the harvest-style festival.

Running from 11am to 4pm, the buzzing Apple Day celebration will host a crafts and food market throughout the garden, with around 50 stalls featuring local and small businesses showcasing their wares.

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Image caption: Image 2: Plants and produce for sale in Fulham Palace's historic orchard and walled garden. Photo credit: Marcus Dawes

Apple a day

Now in its 11th year, the event includes activities for adults and children throughout Fulham Palace’s 13 acres in Bishop’s Avenue.

Folk duo Corwin & Grace will perform a mix of traditional and pop tracks featuring piano and fiddle. While children can enjoy face painting, music-making, group craft sessions, storytelling and harvest games including archery and giant inflatable ball contests, as well as a mini obstacle course.

Baking fans can share their delicious creations in an apple cake baking competition, with categories for adults and juniors aged 14 and under.

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Image caption: Image 3: Apple varieties. Photo credit: Marcus Dawes

Orchard and garden tour

For visitors interested in finding out more about the garden and its inhabitants, Fulham Palace head gardener Lucy Hart will be leading a walk through the apple orchard, while fellow gardener Pete Carter will host a chicken chat, sharing the secrets of keeping the resident chickens happy and healthy.

“Apple day is a wonderful community celebration of the harvest, and we’re proud to be back for our 11th year,” says Isabel Ricketts, Fulham Palace apple day event organiser.

“With live music, fantastic stalls, a wide range of pre-booked and drop-in activities as well as our ever-popular apple cake competition, there’s something for everyone on apple day.”

Pre-booked tickets are free, with on the day tickets priced at £3 for adults and £1 for children. Find out more about the Fulham Palace Apple Day event here on the Fulham Palace website.

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Image caption: Image 4: The event includes activities for adults and children throughout Fulham Palace’s 13 acres. Photo credit: Marcus Dawes

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