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October 21, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Country views from Apley Farm Shop’s entrance

2016-10-18-apley-autumn-morningWhat a lovely place to work ! This photo was taken by our Marketing Assistant’s as she came to work earlier this week. It’s worth enjoying our free (45 mins) Skylark Nature Trail whilst Autumn is still here (ie. before those dark, wet & wintery days begin!). See how the farming landscape changes through the seasons. Watch nature’s changes in the trees, wildlife, bird life, flowers & hedgerows.

October 20, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley meat boxes available – our leaflet’s out!

2016-10-19-afs-meat-box-leaflet-jpeg-1 2016-10-19-afs-meat-box-leaflet-jpeg-2Here’s our leaflet with full details of our non-Christmas (rest of the year) Apley meat boxes, some of which are already also available via our online DeliShop.

October 19, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Christmas meat boxes available from Apley Farm Shop

2016-10-19-afs-christmas-meat-box-leaflet-pdf-v1-page-0012016-10-19-afs-christmas-meat-box-leaflet-pdf-v1-page-002We’re not only launching our regular (non-Christmassy) meat boxes, but also of course our Christmas meat box range. All details are on our latest leaflet here, with great photos from Steve Watts.

We’re also about to launch Apley butchery courses in the New Year, which can be bought with our Apley gift vouchers – perfect Christmas pressies.

October 18, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

CHance to taste Apley CHeeses in CHelmarsh

2016-10-18-chelmarsh-pub-cheese-evening-lora-rogers-jpegYour CHance to taste Apley CHeeses in CHelmarsh is Thursday 20 October at the Bull’s Head, where Tanners’ wines are being tasted with Mark Titley. Lora Rogers is very well trained in all things cheese related & will be talking about the cheese selection from Apley Farm Shop.

To snap up the last places available, buy your £10 ticket by contacting them on 01746 861469 or by email on

WV16 6BA

October 17, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Great Spookley Pumpkin Festival photos at Apley Farm Shop


Apley handmade pumpkin pasties


Having ridden the Pumpkin Express & heard the story of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, children choose their pumpkin & take it back to the carving cavern to carve. Photographs of entries will be posted on our Facebook page & entered for our competition. Winners will be announced Sun 30 Oct, 2pm.

spookley-2016-sw8Spookley Pumpkin Festival began at Apley Farm Shop this weekend 15-16 Oct. Steve Watts, A Decent Exposure Photography, took these fab photos! The Pumpkin Festival continues 22-30 Oct. Click HERE for more information & click HERE to book online.

Some useful prices:

  • Plush toy £ 4.95 retail price
  • DVD £ 5.95 retail price
  • Book £ 5.95 retail price
  • Large pumpkins are £2.50 each (>20cm)
  • Small Pumpkins are £1.50 each (<20cm)
  • Two pumpkins of any size are £3
October 17, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Lovely feedback at Apley Farm Shop

2016-10-09-trip-advisor-report-hh-gghJust got this lovely feedback following our Apley Harvest & Craft Fair at Apley Farm Shop (on Saturday 24 September). Love the bit about Gavin & I helping out !

October 15, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Spookley Pumpkin Festival began today at Apley Farm Shop

2016-10-13-bridgnorth-journal-spookley-article-001Spookley Pumpkin Festival began today at Apley Farm Shop – photos on that later today. Here’s a lovely article published in the Bridgnorth Journal on 13 Oct & in the Shropshire Star earlier in the week. The photo is Lauren reading Francis the Spookley story (with its clever underlying anti-bullying message) on the pumpkin patch. Look out for coverage on the Hairy Bikers show & the BBC’s CBeeBies. (Sorry it’s rather hastily cut out!).

We have dozens of varieties of apples, which will of course be handpicked from around the Apley Estate. They will be in the farm shop possibly tomorrow by definitely next week. Really fresh & tasty. Crunch munch – they’re delicious. Damsons & figs are in season now too & dripping off the branches.


October 14, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Woodland Trust at Apley Farm Shop

2016-10-13-woodland-trust-logo 2016-10-13-woodland-trust-best-photoThe Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest woodland charity, coming to this year’s Spookley Pumpkin Festival at Apley Farm Shop, 27-28-29 October, 10-4pm.

Following recently successful events at the farm shop, we are looking forward to being there again to highlight to the local people what our extensive work involves, protecting & restoring our ancient & spooky woodlands. We also raise awareness for other projects such as woodland creation, where we work to secure beautiful woodland sites for future generations to enjoy.  We are happy to answer any questions & believe that life is better with trees. We want to show you how you can really make a difference.  With a range of children’s activities on offer & the chance  to speak to our membership officers, we’re sure it will be an interesting day for everyone. 

October 13, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Cheese boxes available from Apley Farm Shop

Apley cheese boxes

Apley cheese boxes


Apley Christmas hamper


Cheese board donated for local school charity fundraising evening

Cheese board donated for local school charity fundraising evening

As we’ve been preparing to launch our Apley Farm Shop meat box delivery (who would have thought that choosing the right packaging could be so complicated!), it quickly became apparent that our delicatessen customers were keen to see cheese boxes too. When Deli Donna (who’s just got married – many congratulations Donna!) had prepared a cheese board (see photo here) ready to donate to a local school’s fundraising evening, several customers said how lovely it looked & could they have one too! Give us a few weeks to get it all sorted – it’s a busy time of year ! First step of course was always to get these great photos taken by Steve Watts.

My new thing is onsite (TF11 9EF), online (click & collect from our online DeliShop) & on-van (box service by courier).

There’s also a photo here of our Christmas hampers which are great as corporate end-of-year presents for local companies.

October 12, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

News from Paint & Create, pottery painting studio at Apley Farm Shop

Ladies' night

Ladies’ night


Potters’ wheel


Customers’ finished items

Just got this news in from Charlotte at Paint & Create, the lovely pottery painting studio in the centre of the shopping courtyard at Apley Farm Shop:

Paint & Create have recently shared this update: “What a fantastic first 3 months in the studio! With school holiday fun, birthday parties, potter’s wheel days, special needs groups, Scouts and of course Ladies Night, Paint and Create are now gearing up for a busy Halloween and Christmas.

We have pumpkin pottery painting from £3 and are fully stocked with Spookley books, DVDs and toys. Remember to receive glazed and fired items in time for Halloween they need to be painted by Sunday 23rd October. Other Halloween crafts and the usual range of painting will be available over half term.

Christmas stock will be available from 1st November although we’ve already had some customers getting prepared and have started painting Christmas presents already! Last date for painting to guarantee it’s ready for Christmas is Friday 16th December.

Ladies’ Night is the perfect opportunity to relax with a glass of wine and good company to create your masterpiece. The next one is Wednesday 19th October 7pm and we have a few places left. Contact Charlotte on 01952 730 220 or to book your place.

We also have Rachel Frost back by popular demand for more Potter’s Wheel sessions (2 Oct was sold out!): Friday 28th October family day – suitable for all ages, no booking required and Sunday 6th November for The Full Experience – 20 minute lesson, throw 2 pots, 3 hours to paint them in the studio then professional glaze and fire £20 – booking essential.”