AFTER last year's diabolical apple harvest caused by a summer of dismal weather, there's even more reason to celebrate this year's bumper crop.
During the last few weekends, National Trust property Killerton in Broadclyst, has welcomed people to visit its orchards and help collect the fallen apples.
Unlike last year, countless sackfuls have been gathered, ready for turning into Killerton's award-winning apple juice and cider.
Children were even given wheelbarrows to make the already fun task even more enjoyable. Now even more fun is to be had at Killerton's Cider and Apple Weekend.
Taking place on Saturday, October 19, and Sunday, October 20, from 10am to 5pm, visitors can have a go at William Tell archery, applewood-turning and village fete games. There will also be live music, a children's bumble bee parade and hog roast.
No apple festival would be complete without Killerton's cider. Its medium-dry cider has consistently won awards from Taste Of The West and the National Trust Fine Farm Foods Awards for its unique and delicious flavours created by the different varieties of old English apples which grow on the National Trust estate's well-loved orchards. Visitors are invited to bring one small bag apples to press and take home a bottle of juice. A cider apple expert will help identify any home-growns.
Helen Trebble from Killerton's countryside team said: "We very much rely on the help from our volunteers and local community to harvest all the apples in time. The fruit will then be pressed and made into Killerton's famous cider which is always popular at our cider and apple festival."
Tickets cost £5 families, £2 adults, £1 children, under 5s free. National Trust members go free.
Also celebrating the autumn apple harvest is Poltimore House. It is hosting Politmore Village Apple Day on Saturday, October 19, from 10am to 4pm.
Visitors are invited to bring their own apples which can be pressed into juice in the Old Stables. A small pressing charge will be made per litre of juice. There will also be a small entry fee.