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An Apple Gathering Part 1

Croft Castle, Herefordshire, England

22nd April – 5th November 2023

This year, the first exhibition of Apples & People will be opening at The National Trust’s Croft Castle, celebrating the diversity of the humble apple as it gathers meaning in many different art forms.

An Apple Gathering celebrates the importance of Herefordshire’s apple-growing history and explores the many ways the apple has rooted itself in culture. Throughout the year the castle, grounds, church, and walled garden orchard will be gradually transformed by stories of the apple told through art, music, sculpture and literature.

From this Spring, step into Croft’s historic apple orchard and feast your eyes and ears on orchard-inspired paintings and poems which bring to life the seasonality of the fruit.

Inside the house, listen to the evocative sounds of The Orchard Year, an immersive soundscape featuring music, poetry, spoken word, wassails and bird song.

Alongside the soundscape, a series of Wassail photographs by Bill Bradshaw explore the present-day celebrations of this ancient tradition.

This exhibition is part of the Apples & People programme, a partnership between the Brightspace Foundation, the Museum of Cider and the National Trust in Herefordshire.

Please note that normal National Trust admission fees apply to visit this exhibition at Croft Castle.