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Hanami at Brogdale

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Hanami Festival – New Date
Saturday 21 April 2018

The weather here in the south east has been unseasonably cold and wet.
We have reviewed the orchards and the wet weather has delayed the blossom display and left the ground very soggy. We are concerned for safety issues and the quality of event we can deliver.

Brogdale’s Hanami festival has been postponed for one week to Saturday 21st April 2018 

The decision has not been made lightly, but we feel it would be the best course of action.
We hope you will understand our position and be able to join us when the spectacular display will be in full bloom.

Hanami Festival will take place on Saturday 21 April 2018

All tickets and passes valid for Saturday 14th April will still be valid on Saturday 21st April.
If you cannot attend this date and have purchased an advance ticket we will be more than happy to offer you a full refund. Please send you’re booking reference details to orders@brogdalecollections.org

Take a look at what you can enjoy at Hanami Festival below…

Hanami Festival at Brogdale – 21 April 2018

As one of the few places in the UK to celebrate the Japanese tradition Hanami, with over 4000 varieties of flowering fruit trees, Brogdale really does have a sight to see!

Join in the cherry blossom celebrations at Brogdale with a packed day out plus your chance to picnic under the beautiful blossom. Discover the traditions of Japan with live tea ceremony demonstrations, have a go at origami, learn about bonsai, try your hand at traditional calligraphy and watch the oriental kites sore in the sky.

Taste Japan with sushi making demonstrations and the Japanese tuck shop where you can top up your picnic with yummy Japanese treats.

Try on a kimono, discover Japanese art & culture, learn to make sushi and watch the amazing Japanese drumming and sword displays plus so much more.

Find out more HERE>>

Book now discount tickets!

Easter at Brogdale

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Easter at Brogdale

Hop along to Easter at Brogdale on 30, 31 March & 1 April

Bring the family along for a jolly Easter with your chance to meet the Easter bunny! Say hello to the hatching baby chicks, meet the animals in the barn (you might even get to feed the lambs) get your face painted and have a go at the festival games.

Hop on the traitor trailer and hunt down all the eggs on the Easter trail, don’t forget to collect your chocolaty prize! Be brave, meet the snakes & reptiles and watch the birds of prey swoop and soar in the sky. Bring out your competitive side as a family with the egg & spoon race, guess how many eggs in the jar and have a go at archery or axe wielding.

Take a magical ride on the Faversham Miniature Railway through the orchards and enjoy a picnic whilst enjoying live ukulele music.

A fun family day out for all!
Book now for discount tickets












Half Term fun at Brogdale

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Half Term fun at Brogdale

Half term is fast approaching and Brogdale Collections have some great days out to help keep the kids entertained.

Half Term Beastie Day

A full day of exploring Brogdale and discovering fantastic bugs & mini beasts. Book your Live Bug Show time and spend the whole day exploring the orchards, discovering bugs and have lots of fun.Meet the giant insects, get crafty, explore the orchards and go on a bug hunt! All in one fun packed day.


Half term weather fun – FREE for Annual Pass – All Events

With Brogdale’s FREE to Annual Pass – All Events* each half term you can discover and learn about a new subject, from the weather to pollinators and fruit harvest. (*formally members pass)

Keep the kids entertained this half term and learn all about the weather, our climate and more.
Visit the learning lab to discover weather & climate facts, read about the effects of climate change in real life and let us know what you think.

Have fun with weather based games, dress up and be a weatherman with our own weather map and help us complete the giant rainbow with a bit of creativity.

You can also explore the orchards and visit our interactive weather station where you can measure the rainfall, temperature, wind and more!

*The activities are independent, unsupervised activities.


Work with Brogdale Collections – Trustee Vacancy

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Work with Brogdale Collections – Trustee Vacancy

Brogdale Collections Charity are looking for a new trustee to work with us and join board of trustees.

Brogdale Collections work as a charity help the public access the National Fruit Collection by working to provide guided orchard tours, special education days aimed at Key stage 1 & 2 school groups, our new educational weather station and special event days.

We want to share the knowledge, value and work of the National Fruit Collection and it’s research by DEFRA with the public both young and old so that we will have a sustainable fruit filled future for everyone.

We are now seeking to strengthen our Trustee board in particular for people with an interest in Finance, commercial activity fundraising and Education.

If you want to get involved with supporting the work Brogdale Collections dose then we want to hear from you!

Find out more HERE

Get in touch with sara@brogdalecollecions.org

Christmas Venue Hire at Brogdale

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Get into the festive spirit and celebrate Christmas in style at Brogdale

Planning a Christmas party? Have a Christmas cracker to remember at Brogdale!
Christmas bookings can include our 3 course menu Christmas menu, orchard tours, cider tastings and more. All set in our festive rustic Russet & Morello rooms.

Hire our rustic private rooms and enjoy a mouthwatering homemade Christmas menu, freshly prepared by Kentish Kitchen.Using locally sourced ingredients and our own Brogdale produce. From traditional turkey to Sea Bass, bitter chocolate torte to traditional homemade Christmas pudding.It will be a foodie lunch to remember, absolutely sure to delight your taste buds.

Contact the office on 01795 536 250 or email bookings@brogdalecollections.co.uk for room availability and menu choices
Party Bookings of 20+

Find out more …

Half Term at Brogdale

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Half term is covered here at Brogdale.

Keep the kids entertained and happy this October half term at Brogdale with a week of fun and experiences.

Beastie Day

Meet the bugs and beasts on Beastie Day on 23rd October.

Get up close to the mega bugs before going on your very own bug hunt in the Brogdale Orchards and discovery all the important creatures living out in amount the apples. Finish the day with a fun insect inspired crafty session.

Book your tickets HERE

Meet the Owls Evening

Have a hoot and Meet the Owls on 24th October.

See the owls swoop and fly in the Apple Barn before getting up close to the owls and their handlers.

Meet the Barn Owls, Tawny Owls, Asian Brown Wood Owls, European Eagle Owls, Spectacled Owls & African Eagle Owls.

Book your tickets HERE

Wild Weather Day

Become a weather scientist on the Wild Weather Day on 26th October.

Ride the tractor trailer to Brogdale’s interactive weather station, take scientific measurements, learn about the weather, the climate and more on a fun & educational day out.

Book your tickets HERE


Apples in the National Fruit Collection – Howgate Wonder

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Apples in the National Fruit Collection – Howgate Wonder

The National Fruit collection at Brogdale is home to over 2,000 apple varieties just waiting to be discovered.

The Howgate Wonder is a cross between Blenheim Orange and Newton Wonder. It was first grown in 1916 at Howgate Lane in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. The tree was bred by Mr George Wratten who took 2 grafts, one of which received the RHS award of merit in 1929. The tree was introduced to the National Fruit Collection in 1932 by Stuart Low Co.

Howgate Wonder is a easy to grow and produces good crops of large sharp-flavoured cooking apples. The flavour has plenty of tangy acidity, but it is not quite as sharp as a Bramley. When cooked it produces an attractive lumpy puree, and it can also be used for juicing. If you like an acidic apple Howgate Wonder can also be eaten fresh. The apples can be stored in a cold shed and will keep until the following spring.

With so many varieties unlike anything you will find in your regular supermarket, the fruit filled orchards are a must see! Discover more on a guided tour of the orchards with our expert knowledgeable guides. Join one of the 3 times a day tours (11am, 1pm & 2:30) until the end of October. FIND OUT MORE HERE…

School Food Matters & Brogdale Collections

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School Food Matters & Brogdale Collections

Brogdale Collections have teamed up with School Food Matters a London based charity for a fun and education school kids event. Brogdale are always keen to help children discover more about our environment, food and more by learning all about our fruit trees.

Brogdale Collections donated apple trees to 6 schools to support and help them grow their very own fruit, which will help the children gain a fantastic understanding about where fruit comes from, how it grows, pollination and more.

Our expert guide Mike and education officer Kathryn spent the day at Borough Market teaching children about how an apple tree changes during the seasons and showing them how to plant and care for their new trees. Each tree was taken from Grow – Brogdale’s plant centre to plant & nurture in their own school grounds.

As you can see it was a great fun & educational day out for all involved. Find out more about our school education days HERE


Apples in space!

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Apples in space!

Did you know Brogdale apples have been to space!

Newton apple seeds from The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale took to the stars in 1969 on the famous Apollo 10 mission.

Apollo 10 was the fourth manned mission in the United States Apollo space program, and the second (after Apollo 8) to orbit the Moon. Launched on May 18, 1969, it was the F mission: a “dress rehearsal” for the first Moon landing, testing all of the components and procedures, just short of actually landing

The Newton apple seeds were aboard the prestigious Apollo 10 mission with astronuts Thomas P Stafford, Eugene Cernan and John Young. The package of seeds reach within 9 miles of the moons lunar surface and were noted to have begun to sprout.

Want to discover more about our famous apples?

Come along to the National Apple Festival this 14th & 15 October GET YOUR TICKETS HERE