Book a Cider Tasting and orchard tour at our West Dorset Cider Farm.
This includes a tour of our beautiful organically managed apple orchard which has around 3,000 mature apple trees. We begin by venturing into the orchards where you will be introduced to some of the 15 varieties of heritage cider apples that we grow at the Cider Farm. During the tour, we discuss some of the fascinating history and folklore behind apple growing and making cider in Britain. We even participate in a yearly traditional Wassail or Blessing of the orchard! We tell you about the important role of the bees to ensure pollination and how the apples grow. Questions are always welcome. We discuss harvesting techniques, cleaning and the pressing procedure on our big old belt press. We tell you about the natural fermentation methods, before we take a peek into the Cider barn where the blending, filtering, taste testing and bottling happens. We finish in either the Tasting Room or the Cider Garden for a cidermaker led cider tasting of some of our delicious ciders.
Tours run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Tours begin at 11am and finish approx. 12.30.
Booking is essential. Please bring your ticket or tour experience voucher with you. Tickets are available through our website or directly on the day. Please note that gift cards from other companies are not accepted.
Please dress for the weather as much of the tour is outdoors. Dogs are welcome on leads.
Under 18s are welcome to try some apple juice. Under 12's have free entry.
We also offer a deliciously abundant Ploughman's lunch from Oliver's Kitchen, available for you to enjoy after the Cider Tour. Booking in advance is essential. £12.50 - You can purchase it through our website.
If you fancy something else for lunch, I will highly recommend the Hare and Hounds pub in Waytown only a short way down the road from us with beautiful views of the local countryside in their large garden.
If you want to stay the night in the area, the Orchard is a registered tent campsite. In walking distance, there is Springfield Heaven Airbnb cottage and Pineapple Campsite for motorhomes.