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Avoncroft museum's event to celebrate cider production
2:30pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Local
A BROMSGROVE open air museum is celebrating almost 1,000 years of cider and perry production in Worcestershire by bringing back into service its historic cider press and horse-drawn perry mill.
Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, in Redditch Road, Stoke Heath, is holding the popular annual event A Taste of Autumn: Apple Day this Sunday, September 29.
The event celebrates the ancient rural tradition of bringing in the year’s harvest and features a day of activities, fun and demonstrations.
There will be a demonstration of traditional cider-making using Avoncroft’s own 19th century cider press and 200-year-old perry mill.
It will be pulled by a pony to show how it would have worked until it ceased operation in the 1930s.
The North East Worcestershire Beekeepers’ Association will be appearing, providing a demonstration hive and a fascinating introduction to beekeeping.
Visitors can enjoy browsing and buying traditional products, including locally produced cider, perry, honey and apple pies and listening to traditional folk music.
Energetic visitors will be able to ride Avoncroft’s miniature train and try their hand at archery, while there will also be traditional country crafts such as corn dolly making and willow weaving and a bouncy castle.
A traditional harvest dedication service will be held at 2.30pm, in Avoncroft’s Mission Church.
The museum is open from 10.30am until 5pm.
Admission costs £7.70 for adults, £6.60 for seniors, £4 for children. A family ticket, for two adults and three children, costs £19.80. Members go free.
For more details visit avoncroft.org.uk.
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