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Festival to celebrate the apple pie in Southwell

Apple pie baking and apple peeling are two of the attractions at this year’s Southwell Bramley Apple Festival on Saturday 29 October 2022.

With a magnificent Festival of Food and Drink at Southwell Minster and activities throughout the town and at the National Trust’s Southwell Workhouse, this will be a grand day out for all the family. The Festival will be opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace.

“We are delighted that the apple pie baking competition is being reintroduced at the Bramley Centre,” says Festival Chairman Colonel Roger Merryweather.

“The pie and the baking are essential parts of the Festival and there are categories for both adults and children.

“We are also pleased that Lowes Wong Infant School is holding a competition to choose the Bramley Apple King and Queen and Children’s House are choosing the Prince and Princess. Children so enjoy this event, but perhaps the real challenge will be for the parents who will be helping to create the costumes.

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“Do come to town and support all those who are taking part and enjoy the different displays in the shop windows which all help to bring the town alive for this year’s Bramley Apple Festival.”

With all stalls booked well in advance, the Festival of Food and Drink also features an apple display and cookery demonstrations as well as activities for children in Southwell Minster.

At the Workhouse there will be an apple hunt, apple peeling, plus the longest apple peel competition as well as apple crafts.

The original apple tree on Church Street, will be open for viewing and Roger Merryweather is delighted that the Bramley is one of the Queen’s Trees mentioned by King Charles III and that a tree taken from the original Bramley is to be planted in Northern Ireland.

The event continues to attract interest in Japan, which has regularly sent representatives to the Festival, contributing to the international appeal of the UK’s best loved cooking apple.

The closing date for entries in the apple pie competition is Friday 14th October 2022. Adults will be asked to bake a traditional double crust pie made with Bramley apples and homemade pastry, while the children aged five to eleven years are invited to enter a plate of four cupcakes with an apple themed decoration.

“We would like to thank all our sponsors who include Newark and Sherwood District Council, Southwell Town Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Denby and Starkeys Fruit,” says Roger Merryweather.

For more information contact Southwell Tourist Information Centre now located inside Southwell Library on King Street, telephone 01636 819038 or email: or visit

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