As with everything in 2020, this year's Bramley Apple Festival, has been adapted in order to comply with current restrictions.

A special video promoting the apple-related attractions of the town is the star of this year's week-long socially distanced Bramley Apple Festival.

The video, which is the idea of local home economist Teresa Bovey, features the history of Southwell's world-famous cooking apple and its importance to the town today. Showing an interview with Festival Chairman Roger Merryweather by the original Bramley tree and images of Bramleys being harvested at Starkeys Fruit Farm, the film includes an on-line cookery demonstration by Teresa showing how the Bramley can be used to bake a delicious apple cake

Illustrated with lively street scenes, the video aims to attract visitors to the week-long Festival which runs from Monday 19th until Saturday 24th October.

The retail scenes are important as a major feature of the 2020 Festival is an expanded shop window competition when traders compete to create the most innovative apple-themed displays.

WIN a Starkey's Luxury Hamper

A Bramley shop window trail has also been designed, encouraging shoppers to spot a baker's dozen of Bramley apple symbols hidden in the window displays. The lucky winner will receive a wonderful Starkey's Luxury Hamper filled with delicious apple treats.

Entry forms can be collected from Home Bake in Queen Street and completed forms can be placed in a box at the library, at the Bramley stall planned to be on the market or returned to Home Bake.

Roger Merryweather said: "Our historic minster town of Southwell is a vibrant local community offering a great range of places to stay, eat and drink, and probably the best shopping experience for independent shops and boutiques in the county. We really appreciate the support of Southwell Town Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council, and Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham Trent University which enables us to keep the Festival alive in this unusual year."

To watch the video click here

During the festival week there will also be an Apple Display in Southwell Library, along with the sale of Bramley Apples and bottled juice. Some of Southwell's shops, pubs and cafes will be offering apple themed products and refreshments throughout the week.

Heritage Walks

Maps of two Bramley Apple Heritage Walks can be downloaded here. The walks take you around Southwell, highlighting key locations in the history of the Bramley Apple.

Visitors can also enjoy live music on Saturday 24th at various locations in the Town Centre. The annual Bramley Apple King and Queen parade featuring Lowe's Wong Infant School pupils will sadly not be able to take place this year but the school will be holding an Art Competition in its place.

Organisers of the festival hope you will still enjoy celebrating the town's famous cooking apple in these unusual times. 

Published October 2020

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