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February 11, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Classic Motor Day 2017 – bag your car a space now !

2017-02-09-classic-motor-day-2017-a5-leaflet-final-jpegApley Classic Motor Day – bag your car a space now ! So many classic car owners loved this event last year & that enthusiasm was shared widely with the admiring onlookers. So registrations (£1) are already open – just click HERE – helps the event organisation so much, especially the grouping of cars by club, type, use or age. Last year, groups were:

  1. Black Country Classic Car club
  2. MGs
  3. Jaguars
  4. 1970s onwards
  5. 1950s & 1960s
  6. 1940s & before
  7. Motor cycles

It’s a great, FREE family day out (10-4pm) with children’s activities, ice creams, a barbecue, a craft fair & of course green open space to enjoy for Apley Farm Shop pre-filled picnic baskets.

As in previous years, Lord Hamilton will again present prizes for his chosen favourites.

February 10, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Thai cookery lessons at Apley Farm Shop

afs-a5-masterchef-leafletWe’re very excited to have just approved the final details of our 2017 events schedule which I shared a few days ago. One of the events is new to Apley, though Suree has kindly given demonstrations in the past as part of some of our events. Suree Coates, Thai Midlands Chef of the Year 2016, runs the King & Thai in Broseley – just on the other side of the Apley Estate. She sources some of her vegetables from Apley Walled Garden (Grown to Order). She’s holding 3 masterclasses, 18 March, 13 May & 17 June, for a max of 10 lucky people each time. Have a read of this leaflet, which contains full details. Just click HERE to book (PS. it makes a great present idea!)

February 9, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

What’s on at Apley Farm Shop – forthcoming events

2017-02-09-whats-on-leaflet-2017-forthcoming-events-final-front 2017-02-09-whats-on-leaflet-2017-forthcoming-events-final-reverseFor many of these events, tickets are available to buy online. Just click HERE. Sorry, Father’s Day is actually Sun 18 June – I’ll correct this tomorrow !

February 8, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Valentine’s Day card making in Pigg’s Playbarn

2017-01-25-st-valentine-s-day-card-making-activities-poster-jpegIf you missed today’s Valentine’s Day card making in Pigg’s Playbarn, there’s a last chance on the day itself, Tuesday 14 February, 11:30-3pm. With your £3.50 ticket, you can enjoy half price admission into Pigg’s Playbarn (for 14 Feb only).

PS. Date for your diary: We’re holding an Easter Funday again on Saturday 15 April, 10-4pm. More details on that tomorrow.

The whole site will be open for the whole Easter weekend, from Good Friday 14 April, Easter Saturday 15 April (Funday), Easter Sunday 16 April & Easter bank holiday Monday 17 April.

February 8, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Walled Garden news


Rabbit (not welcome in our garden!) hiding under pallet


Hazel catkins


Rhubarb coming through


First snowdrops


Polytunnel preparation, half way


Polytunnel ready to cultivate again


Polytunnel, before !

2017-02-07-awg-progress-burning-brambles-clearing Phil’s back (after a short ‘sabbaitcal’ – or ‘work experience’ as he puts it!) as our Head Gardener, in case you’d missed that super news & has sent me these photos of his work preparing the garden for this year’s crops.

One of the polytunnels is now all cleaned out.

This will be mainly for the tomatoes this year. He will start sowing in a couple of weeks.

To make the entrance outside the walls look tidier, Phil had a machine & driver last Friday enabling him to start to clear the brambles in front of the old bothy & buildings. Great progress !

February 6, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

EKO sleepover in Pigg’s Playbarn, 3-4 August

2014-08-28-eko-sleepover-2 2014-08-28-eko-sleepover-6 eko-sleepover img_1769Bag your place & your sleeping bag for a sought-after place on this year’s EKO sleepover in Pigg’s Playbarn (Apley Farm Shop, TF11 9EF), 3-4 August.

Suitable for 6yrs+, drop off will be at 10.30am on Thursday 3rd August with collection 24 hours later at 10.30am on Friday 4th August.

Imagine spending the whole day outdoors in the woods with other children; playing fun team games, learning bushcraft skills, using hand tools & natural resources to create & construct, building dens, lighting campfires & cooking your own meal over the embers; having time & space to imagine, explore, wonder & create.

Then, when it begins to get dark, we come inside & play amongst the slides & climbing frames of Pigg’s Playbarn before unpacking our sleeping bag & settling down, midst the same slides & frames, for a bed time story & some well earned sleep.

In the morning, we eat a delicious, freshly cooked breakfast in the Apley Farm Shop’s Creamery Cafe before heading back to the woods for more fun games & imaginative creations before collection time.

To book online, click HERE. Click HERE for more information. Max 24 places. £35 per child. Suitable for children over 6 yrs old. For queries, call 07876 658 467.

The booking form & kit list will be available very soon on EKO’s website – just click Educating Kids Outdoors.

In conjunction with Pigg’s Playbarn, EKO also run birthday parties on the Skylark Nature Trail (at Apley Farm Shop). They also run school holiday clubs.

February 5, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Essentials range on our Butchery counter


Horse shoe hooks by Jason Davies, on sale in the farm shop


Wookey Hole cheddar – Cheese of the Week on our Delicatessen counter


Apley Essentials range – Pork belly slices on the Apley Butchery counter


Apley Essentials range, Chicken breast


Apley Essentials, diced beef


Apley Essentials, diced chicken


Apley Essentials, dry cured bacon


Apley Essentials, oven steak


Apley Essentials, pork steaks – 3 for £12


Apley Essentials, sausages (over 9 varieties)


Get set for Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) on 28 February – all your ingredients in the farm shop


Sausage of the Week, pork, coriander & cumin

We’ve launched a mouthwatering Apley Essentials range on our Butchery counter.

These photos speak louder than any words. Steve Watts of A Decent Exposure photography was busy there yesterday:


February 3, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Hearty Godminster cheeses on the Apley Delicatessen

2017-02-03-godminster-combo-shot-1-web-size 2017-02-03-godminster-hearts 2017-02-03-godminster-selection-smallThese Godminster cheeses have a strong (my first unintended cheesey pun!) following amongst many of our Apley customers & now we have some heart shaped ones in especially for St Valentine’s Day.  Valentines cards can be a bit cheesey (sorry – there’s another pun!), so why not offer these instead & share this pleasure together !

February 1, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

News & events from Paint & Create @ Apley Farm Shop

2016-10-10-paint-create-potters-wheelPaint & Create are holding another Potter’s Wheel day on Wed 22 Feb 11am – 3pm in their lovely studio in the centre of Apley Farm Shop’s shopping courtyard. Potter, Rachel Frost will be on hand to help & offer advice. No need to book – just turn up & have a go for £4 then take your finished pot home to dry. If you want a professional finish then leave it with us to glaze & fire for an additional £2. Suitable for all ages. All the usual painting & craft also available.

Ladies’ Night on Tues 4 April 7-9pm, £5 & what you paint on the night. Click HERE for full details.

Other news includes:

Children’s Art Club

We are starting our Art Clubs in 2017; these will be for 0-4 year olds during the week, 4-16 year olds after school and weekends. If you are interested in receiving more information, please email us your child’s name and age and we will be in touch.

Adult Art Club

We have had many enquiries regarding adult art classes and are currently looking into a number of options including painting, pottery, drawing, sewing, flower arranging, glass work, wood work and silver work. We would like to begin with an “Introduction to Arts and Crafts” course with a taster session in each of the above. If you are interested in hearing more about this course or have a craft to offer, please contact us directly.

Parties @ Paint & Create

Children’s parties are popular here at Paint & Create from £16 per person. Visit our website or our Facebook page pop into the studio for more information.

Hen nights, grown-up parties, corporate events etc

For adult groups, please contact us directly on 01952 730 220 or email us as these are bespoke parties and priced according to your requirements.

January 31, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Bake Off, Sunday 28 May

2017-01-31-apley-bake-off-a5-leaflet-2017-final-jpegThe Apley Bake Off will be on Sunday 28 May, 10-4pm (that’s the Sunday of the second May bank holiday weekend).

This year, we’re inviting specialist cake & baking judges. Classes will be announced asap.

Mini masterclasses will be confirmed by the end of February. They currently include our own Apley Bakery of course.

We’re planning children’s activities (cake decorating & face painting are firm favourites), to ensure it’s a great family day out, as usual.

Unless it’s truly awful weather (anything’s possible!), there will be a bar, barbecue & icecreams. It will all be in a marquee, so we can shelter from rain or sun, whichever we get !

The first Apley Craft Fair of 2017 will be the day before, on Saturday 27 May & the second [Apley Craft Fair] will be on Monday 29 May. So if you’re a craft fan, drop in.

No more to add right now, so open your recipe books & baking !

PS. Entry is free, but there may be small charges for some activities.