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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com for room availability and menu choices
Party Bookings of 20+
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
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!
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