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March 27, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Hope House Hospice at Apley Farm Shop, 1-2 April

Hope House Hospice stand

Sam Smout will be visiting Apley Farm Shop on Sat 1 April & Sun 2 April from 10.30-3.30pm to raise the profile of all the services the Hope House Hospice provides. They will have information of our annual fundraising events & she will be promoting their weekly draw. She also wants to share with customers how they can help their local children’s hospice. Drop in & see her. This photo is of the stand, so you’ll know what to look out for!

March 26, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Free gift with the Visitor Magazine 2017

Pick up a free gift with your copy of the free Visitor Magazine, when you present it to the cashier at Apley Farm Shop. Here’s our advert & the front cover, so you know what to look out for.

March 25, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Plant Centre – reopens this weekend (25-26 March)

Pottery originating from the Berrichon region in central France, originally made by the monks for preserving food. Each piece sourced is totally unique, pictured with Arabis Rose Delight 9cm pot only £2.99 full of bud/flower

Fresh new herbs in stock ready for 25-26 March weekend

Range of small living gifts ideal for Mothers’ Day starting at only £2.99

Agapanthus Sweet Surprise, ideal gift potted into a lilac patio pot to compliment the flower colour, easily placed in the garden to give year round interest. Ideal as a Sweet Surprise for Mother’s Day

Snap up a bargain during the first days of the Start of the Season sale at Apley Plant Centre (reopens fully from Sat 25 March).

All plants marked with an X on their sale bench are half price.

As a unique Mothers’ Day present, why not book in an appointment with their Border Creation Service team for Spring 2017.

Herbs for salads to grow in a box

Apley Plant Centre is re-opening Saturday 25 March 2017

Their new contact details are: 01952 730 834 & email

Their opening hours will be:

Monday/Tuesday – Unstaffed (see note below)
Wednesday  – 10am – 5pm
Thursday- 10am – 5pm
Friday – 10am – 5pm
Saturday – 10am – 5pm
Sunday – 10am – 5pm


Mon & Tues – customers available to browse & pay at Farm Shop tills. Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun – Apley Plant Centre Staff on site. On bad weather days, if the site is closed any sales can be put through the Apley Farm Shop tills.

Here’s news from manager Melanie Arrowsmith:

“Apley Plant Centre is now back open for the forthcoming gardening year. To mark the occasion many plants are half the original sale price (while stocks last). New stock will be arriving weekly & with Mother’s Day just around the corner we have plenty of living gifts to browse. Prices starting at £2.99 for a miniature Arabis Rose Delight packed full of pink bud & flower. Minature Primula denticulata with distinctive large spherical heads or maybe a ‘Sweet Surprise’ for the Special Mums out there – Agapanthus Sweet Surprise in a lilac patio pot ready to go straight out in the garden.

Fresh herbs have just arrived in, ready for culinary use or garden planting. Why not even make a herb garden in a crate? There are plenty of seasonal plants now in stock ready for planting in gardens.

Apley Plant Centre’s Border Creation will be back helping more of our customers. Within this package we offer to plan & bring to fruition planting schemes in clients gardens. Helped by in house plant designers & horticulturally trained staff, we are able to provide a comprehensive service.

Our popular Multi Buy Offers will be available throughout the year to help our customers maximise on their plant spend. 

Interesting finds for the home & garden will be a complementary addition to our plant theatre, aiming to inspire & offer ‘something a little different’. We expect an interesting delivery of French flea market ‘finds’ just before Easter & we are very excited to see what comes back?

There is always lots to see here at Apley Plant Centre. We look forward to welcoming customers old & new, to start growing with the forthcoming seasons.”

March 25, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Mothers’ Day preparations at Apley Farm Shop

Apley Bakery preparations

Apley Bakery, heart shaped jam tarts production. All our cakes & tarts are handmade onsite – you can stop by & watch

Big Little Things – Mothers’ Day bouquets & Jason Davies’s fabulous horse shoe pegs

Apley apple & treacle tarts production in the Apley Bakery today

Apley Plant Centre restocking ready for their spring re-opening tomorrow

Flora Farrell’s (never-yet-seen at Apley) art exhibition in the Mothers’ Day tea room

Mothers’ Day bouquets from Big Little Things

Staff at Apley Farm Shop have been busy today in the spring sunshine getting ready for Mothers’ Day on Sunday.

The Mothers’ Day Afternoon Tea rooms have been set up & Flora Farrell has been busy hanging her art exhibition. All pictures are available to buy & are priced individually.  Click HERE to email Flora Farrell

Mel & Lydia have been working hard to get Apley Plant Centre ready for their spring re-opening tomorrow (Sat 25 March). Here they are unpacking new stock ready for the weekend.

Sarah at Big Little Things (florists & gifts) has been working hard all day making beautiful Mothers’ Day bouquets – here are a couple of examples.

In the Apley Bakery, Taryn & Willow have been busy baking hearts for the Cream Teas & baking cakes ready to stock the Creamery Cafe for Sunday.

March 24, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

There’s so much to do & see at Apley Farm Shop

This photo was taken by the twice-over world champion hot air balloonist, 26 Oct 2016, when he chose to launch from Apley Farm Shop

Enjoy a country walk on our Skylark Nature Trail

Enjoy a country walk on our Skylark Nature Trail

Rhubarb cake, handmade onsite in the Apley Bakery

Enjoy Rhubarb cake, handmade onsite in the Apley Bakery

Circular logo of Apley Farm ShopThere’s so much to do & see at Apley Farm Shop. We’re so much more than a farm shop – we’re a shopping village, full of activities for all ages, all year round.

In the farm shop itself, you will find a mix of great value everyday essentials alongside delicious fine foods which with to treat yourself, your family & friends.

BUY meat at the Apley Butchery counter, buy cheese, pasties, olives, cold meats, pates & more on the Apley Delicatessen counter. CHOOSE cakes handmade onsite in the Apley Bakery. FIND fresh, local & seasonal fruit & veg, hand-grown in our very own Apley Walled Garden. BOOK a private (pre-booked) tour or INVITE us to speak to your local group. ORDER a regular & seasonal veg box. You can SAVE by using our offers we have everywhere & keep checking, as they’re updated often.

EAT in the Creamery Cafe – breakfast, brunch, lunch, Cream Tea or Afternoon Tea, great coffees, teas & cakes.

PLAY in Pigg’s Playbarn. CELEBRATE your children’s birthday in our party rooms. SAVE with an Annual membership card. You can even SLEEP in the Playbarn 3-4 August. For private parties, group & business meetings, BOOK our Corn Loft Conference Room. FEED & TOUCH the animals at Scotty’s Animal Park. RIDE Scotty’s donkeys.

Take part in a floristry workshop

WALK our free, 45 mins Skylark Nature Trail, starting & finishing in our car park. WATCH as the seasons & farming change.

ATTEND our events. Click here see our What’s On programme. Mothers’ Day this weekend, our Easter Funday is next on Saturday 15 April. ASK gardening experts for their advice at our charitable Gardeners’ Question Time. BAKE a cake & enter our Apley Bake Off. LEARN how to cook Thai food on a Suree Coates masterclass. ADMIRE Classic cars on Sunday 16 July. BRING your favourite teddy for a Teddy Bears’ Picnic on a Wednesday this summer. CARVE a pumpkin at our Spookley Pumpkin Festival. TASTE free samples of food & drink at our Christmas Food & Craft Fair.

In our shopping courtyard, SELECT plants for your garden in Apley Plant Centre & RECEIVE free gardening advice. BUY a bunch of flowers from Big Little Things, Shropshire’s wedding florists. DISCOVER unique & unusual gifts & presents, many are handmade in Shropshire. TAKE PART in their floristry workshops. TREAT yourself to a reiki, Indian head massage or Hopi ear candle treatments at Annie’s Reiki Centre. PAINT some pottery or ENJOY other crafts at Paint & Create. JOIN IN one of their Ladies’ Nights.

Enjoy a great day our at Apley for all the family. There’s something for everyone at Apley Shopping Village !

… and if you can’t get to us, just shop online ! We offer Click & Collect as well as national next day delivery.

March 23, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Walled Garden dipping pond exposed


Polytunnel in mid February


Plum trees planted down main entrance drive (mid Feb)


Clearance under yew trees (mid Feb)


Doorway into outer garden (needs repairing !)

Exposing the dipping ponds. Very nice, brick lined & still holding water.

These edging stones have been broken & then buried at the bottom of the pool. Real shame

Just sharing a few more photos of Apley Walled Garden winter-spring preparation photos (which got overlooked) from mid February.

Earlier this week, Phil sent me these photos of exposing the dipping ponds. One was damaged as we laid new water pipes in 2013, but this one (at the other end of the main garden) remains in great (relatively speaking!) condition it seems (it still holds water at least!). The name of course comes gardeners dipping their watering cans in.

He’s just sent me this photo of the job finished – that’ awesome progress – I can’t wait to see it ! It’s much deeper than I’d expected & will make watering the garden much easier. It’s almost big enough for gardeners to have a quick dip on hot days !

PS. I’ve just found my notes from my interview with Michael Coombes 24 Aug 2012. He came to Apley in 1935 aged 3 when his father Jim Coombes moved from Chatsworth to be Head Gardener. He said “Dipping ponds between the wall ends. Two steps down the inside, down which the gardeners climbed with their buckets. Bottom pond has cleaner water. Bugs to find: Frog spawn & toad spawn in top pond. Never had any newts. Dragon flies flying over. Pond skaters, mosquito, whirly jigs, water beetles.” Michael has very happy & strong memories of his years at Apley. I can easily imagine any 3yr old boy happily bug spotting round the dipping ponds.

March 22, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

National Poultry Week – great offers from Apley Butchery

Chicken Kievs

Hunter’s chicken

2 whole British chickens, £6

It’s National Poultry Week, so at Apley Farm Shop, the Apley Butcher has these offers for you:

4 items for £12 from this range:
1. Chicken Kievs
2. Hunters’ chicken
3. Chicken Goujons
4. Diced chicken 610g
5. Chicken breast fillets 610g
6. Chinese style chicken
Also, for £6, pick up 2 whole British chickens.
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March 21, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Mothers’ Day card making club, Wed 22 March

It’s not too late to create a beautiful handmade Mothers’ Day card ! Just drop into Pigg’s Playbarn tomorrow, Wed 22 March, 11-4pm, where Eva will be on hand to help. No booking required.

The farm shop & its businesses are brimming with fine foods & non-edible present ideas.

Plus we’re getting ready for our Easter Funday on Saturday 15 April, 10-4pm. No booking required & all activities can be paid for separately; most are just £1.

March 20, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Walled Garden news

Fencing off unused greenhouses

On Thursday (16 March), I caught up with Phil who shared with me his news from Apley Walled Garden:

All the broad beans have been eaten by the mice so they’ll be resown in a private greenhouse which is watched over 24/7 ! The new event lawns will be sown on Monday. All the gooseberries, currants, blackberries & loganberries have all been mulched & pruned ready to produce delicious crops this summer, probably in August.

We have a small orange tree in our greenhouse which was covered in ants, until Phil treated them with Nippon. On Sunday morning, he discussed this with a lady on BBC Radio Shropshire’s Gardeners’ Hour, hosted by Paul Shuttleworth.

We’ve just taken 5 enquiries this morning for Apley Walled Garden tours – it must be the effect of the first days of warm spring sunshine & groups getting together to plan their activities for the year. Click HERE to book yours.

And if you’re looking for a gardening-related Mothers’ Day presents, head to the Apley Plant Centre in our Shopping Courtyard this Saturday (25 March) or click HERE to buy tickets for the Gardeners’ Question Time on Fri 19 May in our Creamery Cafe. Heaps of other ideas, range from hampers in the farm shop, meal deals on the Apley Butchery counter, Simnel cakes from the Apley Bakery (which may not actually be an Easter cake after all – click HERE!), flowers from Big Little Things, a massage in Annie’s Reiki Centre, a pottery experience in Paint & Create … endless choice!

March 19, 2017 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Craft Fairs – book a stall, join our mailing list

Apley Farm Shop is holding five craft fairs this year. All are undercover in marquees except for the one coinciding with Classic Motor Day on Sunday 16 July.

We have two craft fairs, either side of the Apley Bake Off – Sat 27 & Mon 29 May (Bake Off Sun 28 May).

Hugely popular are the Christmas Craft Fairs – 25 & 26 November – places will go fast !

Crafters can book their stalls online by clicking HERE. Visitors can join our mailing list online by clicking HERE, to be the first to hear of craft fair news.

Full details are right HERE.