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October 16, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Spookley Pumpkin Festival gets off to a great start

Apley Farm Shop staff getting into the Spookley spirit ! Left to right: John Wesley (General Manager), Lora Rogers (Farm Shop Manager) & Bob Wassell (Apley Butcher)

The Spookley Pumpkin Festival at Apley Farm Shop got off to a wonderful start this weekend as shown in these photos by A Decent Exposure Photography.

Click HERE to book your tickets to ride the Pumpkin Express & share the fun in the half term week.

Click HERE to watch the Spookley film to get an idea of the fun we have in store for next week 21-29 October.

From our Delicatessen counter, try our special pumpkin recipe – Beef curry & pumpkin pie, £2.25 each or 2 for £4.

Pumpkin, venison & cranberry sausages will remain as Sausage of the Week until the end of Halloween. £5.95 per kg or 59p per 100g.

Bob the Butcher has added to that some Spookley scarily low prices on 3 special lines this until 31 Oct:

  • 1kg of beef mince £6.75
  • 1 kg of casserole beef £7.49
  • 1 kg Pork tenderloin £6.49
October 11, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Pumpkins have arrived at Apley Farm Shop

Loads of pumpkins – some extra large – have arrived at Apley Farm Shop. Hoorah, the Spookley pumpkin carving fun can [very nearly] begin. Click HERE to book your Spookley Pumpkin Festival tickets & HERE for some pumpkin recipes.

 

October 10, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Spookley Pumpkin Festival begins this weekend

Pumpkin Express

Evie Lewis of Shrewsbury as the best dressed in 2016

The Spookley Pumpkin Festival begins this weekend at Apley Farm Shop. Click HERE to read more & HERE to book your tickets online. Our farm manager has got the pumpkin patch ready & the Apley butcher has concocted some pumpkin sausages. Look out for the Spookley surprises our chefs put on the specials menu this weekend !

Here’s our press release below with full details:

The Spookley Pumpkin Festival is back again at Apley Farm Shop this Autumn, 14-15 Oct & during the October half term week 21-29 Oct.

The festival provides a great, non-scary family day out. Perfect for all ages who are ready to get their wellies on & have some wholesome, earthy fun.

Lord Hamilton began “This year, due to the popularity of the event, we are offering a whopping 3300 places aboard the Pumpkin Express. Each Express train has 20 places & it runs 15 times a day for 11 days, giving customers plenty of choice. “

There will be masses for everyone to do – ride the Pumpkin Express, listen to the Spookley story, select a pumpkin, carve it in our Carving Cavern, get your face painted, hair braided & glitter tattoos, walk the free pumpkin nature trail, enjoy the daily pumpkin barbecue in the Apley Courtyard, taste pumpkin recipes in the Creamery Café & finally pick up a free, take-home pumpkin recipe card. Before heading home, pick up the Spookley book, DVD & toy.

“Since we began Spookley 5 years ago in 2013, hundreds of children have come to us & had hours of non-scary, pumpkin family fun. There’s also an anti-bullying message to hear in the Spookley story – he was the square pumpkin & when being different came in handy, he became the hero of the day“ explained John Wesley, General Manager.

Apley Farm Shop’s team will be dressed up to really get into the spirit of the pumpkin festival & we invite customers to do the same.

“The children love our Mrs Pumpkin who reads the Spookley story aboard the Pumpkin Express” added Charlotte Payton, Pigg’s Playbarn manager.

Customers are encouraged to post their photos of their fancy dress & carved pumpkins on the Pigg’s Playbarn Facebook page to have a chance to win two Spookley Little Pigg’s hampers, each worth £55. The hampers includes a year’s membership for Pigg’s Playbarn. The best fancy dress & best carved pumpkin winners will be selected & informed on Tuesday 31 October.

The Festival runs daily 9:30-5:30pm daily (Sunday 5pm).

To book, just go to the Apley Farm Shop website & click on Apley Ticket Office.

Turning up is fine, but booking is safer, to avoid disappointment.

Tickets start at £3. For the first time, there is a £24.50 Spooktacular ticket which includes Pumpkin Express, storytelling, 2 pumpkins (one to take home), the carving cavern, a carving kit, the Spookley book & Spookley DVD. Babies under the age of one can travel on the Pumpkin Express for free.

Apley Farm Shop is on the A442 between Bridgnorth & Telford. Open 7 days, it also has a playbarn & café, an animal park, pottery painting studio, gift shop & plant centre. 

Contact www.apleyfarmshop.co.uk or call 01952 581 002.

October 2, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Photos from the fundraising Apley Run

Simon Hickinbottom, winner of the 21km run

Apley Farm Shop General Manager John Wesley & chef Tom. Apley Farm Shop provided a BBQ for runners & their supporters

Huge thanks to all sponsors

Gavin (Lord Hamilton) & Lora Rogers, Farm Shop manager

Sports massage

Registration tent

Start of the 10km run

Enjoy these photos from the fundraising Apley Estates Run which took place yesterday on Sun 1 Oct in Apley Park*. Photography by Steve Watts of A Decent Exposure – 07446 140 448. Spot Apley Farm Shop’s manager Lora Rogers who ran the 5km (there was also a 10 & 21km). The event was kindly sponsored by Wenlock Spring Water. It was organised by the Wrekin Roadrunners.

They raised a fantastic £1000+ for Stockton & Beckbury Churches. Stockton Church is opposite Apley Farm Shop & the church of the village of Norton.

*Apley Park is strictly private at all times. It’s opened for special events such as this once or twice a year.

September 30, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Farm Shop’s latest newsletter

Catch up on news from Apley Farm Shop with our latest newsletter here:

September 13, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Good food feeds great ideas

Cooked – with beans, pulses & chilli spicy tomato sauce from Apley Farm Shop by Bibijis (Gourmet World TexMex Chilli). This one isn’t actually on the trolley, but is grown amongst them

Two quick notes for the day – delicious cooked squash supper, from Apley Walled Garden.

For more Walled Garden produce news, click HERE to read our Facebook page.

Secondly, where do you think great ideas start? In the kitchen – or perhaps by accident or in the shower ?!

When – whenever you have time to think or discuss with others

Who with – some find being alone the best time. Others need at least 1 other person with whom to bounce off ideas (so more likely the kitchen!)

If in the kitchen, whereabouts exactly ? Around the kitchen table, in front of the Aga (warmest place) or sitting on the sofa (relaxed) or at a breakfast bar

What are you doing round the kitchen table when discussing great new ideas ? Drinking coffee (stimulates brain activity) or eating food

What type of food are you eating ? Good food (ie. not junk food)

Conclusion 🙂 Good food feeds great minds & ideas.

Where to get good food: Locally, so if in Shropshire, drop into Apley Farm Shop !

September 9, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Latest newsletter from Apley Farm Shop

Autumnal weekend at Apley Farm Shop

August 24, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Paint & Create’s forthcoming events at Apley Farm Shop

Paint & Create are celebrating their first year in the shopping courtyard at Apley Farm Shop. They are busily planning 2018 events but in the meantime, here are their next forthcoming events to put in your diary:

 

Tuesday 29th August 2017 – Ladies’ Night – 7pm – 9pm

Pottery painting, wine and nibbles! Bring your friends along for a relaxed and fun evening to create your masterpiece. From complete beginners to experienced painters; all abilities welcome. Booking essential. £5 for wine and nibbles payable on booking + pay for what you paint on the night.

Tuesday 12th September 2017 – Fused Glass Workshop – 7pm – 9pm

A brilliant opportunity to enjoy wine and nibbles whilst creating your own glass tile or framed glass piece under the expert eye of visiting artists, Kinki Glass.

Booking essential. £10 deposit payable on booking + £12-£20 on the night depending on what you make.

Thursday 21st September 2017 – Ladies’ Night – 7pm – 9pm

Pottery painting, wine and nibbles! Bring your friends along for a relaxed and fun evening to create your masterpiece. From complete beginners to experienced painters; all abilities welcome. Booking essential. £5 for wine and nibbles payable on booking + pay for what you paint on the night.

Saturday 30th September 2017 – Potter’s Wheel – The Full Experience

Demonstration. 20 minutes one-to-one lesson on the wheel throwing 2 pots. 2-3 hours in the studio to decorate. Professional glaze and fire for collection approximately 3 weeks later.

Booking essential. £30 per person. Time slots allocated upon booking.

Wednesday 11th October 2017 – Ladies’ Night – 7pm – 9pm

Pottery painting, wine and nibbles! Bring your friends along for a relaxed and fun evening to create your masterpiece. From complete beginners to experienced painters; all abilities welcome. Booking essential. £5 for wine and nibbles payable on booking + pay for what you paint on the night.

October Half Term – date tbc – Potter’s Wheel Family Day – 10:30am – 2:30pm

No booking required. Prices from £5. Suitable for age 2+

Tuesday 7th November 2017 – Ladies’ Night – 7pm – 9pm

Pottery painting, wine and nibbles! Bring your friends along for a relaxed and fun evening to create your masterpiece. From complete beginners to experienced painters; all abilities welcome. Booking essential. £5 for wine and nibbles payable on booking + pay for what you paint on the night.

Thursday 23rd November 2017 – Ladies’ Night – 7pm – 9pm

Pottery painting, wine and nibbles! Bring your friends along for a relaxed and fun evening to create your masterpiece. From complete beginners to experienced painters; all abilities welcome. Booking essential. £5 for wine and nibbles payable on booking + pay for what you paint on the night.

November 2017 – dates tbc – Christmas Clay Day

Make your own Christmas decorations under the guidance of professional potter, Rachel Frost. Leave them with us to fire then return to decorate them during December. Sessions available for children and adults.

Wednesday 6th December 2017 – Ladies’ Night – 7pm – 9pm

Pottery painting, wine and nibbles! Bring your friends along for a relaxed and fun evening to create your masterpiece. From complete beginners to experienced painters; all abilities welcome. Booking essential. £5 for wine and nibbles payable on booking + pay for what you paint on the night.

2018 – dates to be announced – Beginners’ Pottery Course – 9:30am – 1pm

This 4-week course includes demonstration and tuition on the Potter’s Wheel each week, coil pots, pinch pots, sculpture, painting and decoration on green-ware and bisque and use of hand tools. All materials, glaze and fire and light refreshments included.

Booking essential. Price upon enquiry. Limited number of places

Contact them on 01952 730 220, www.paintcreate.co.uk or on Facebook @paintandcreateshropshire

August 23, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Damson jam making time

Damsons

Damsons are now in season

If you’re feeling creative & want to make some damson jam, click HERE for a recipe & head to Apley Farm Shop where you can pick up a damsons & plums, freshly picked from Apley Walled Garden in 500g punnets for £1.19 each. We have a special offer on this week – 3 punnets for £5.

August 18, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Two VFest tickets for sale & win an Afternoon Tea

This week’s newsletter has details of two VFest tickets for sale (for Sunday 20 Aug) & how you can win an Afternoon Tea.