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February 2, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Farm Shop’s big heart

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Valentine’s Day presents display in Apley Farm Shop (also available in our online DeliShop)

2016-02-01, Valentines heart and display (8)

One heart, 2 ladders, 3 ropes, 4 men, 5 feet [its size] – the heart being installed in Apley Farm Shop

2016-02-01, Valentines heart and display (2)

Perfect presents – Narcissi, Prosecco & Holdsworth chocolates

Apley Farm Shop’s big heart was caught on camera as it was being installed yesterday. Is it the biggest – has anyone seen a bigger one ? !

Still need to book in for your Valentine’s Day lunch (Sun 14 Feb) or Afternoon Teas (Sat 13 & Sun 14 Feb) – just call Zoe on 01952 730 345 ext 2 or email her on

February 1, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Probably Shropshire’s largest heart

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Apley Farm Shop Valentine’s Day laurel heart, ready to be taken to be installed

2016-01-31, Apley Farm Shop Valentine's Day laurel heart (1) 2016-01-31, Apley Farm Shop Valentine's Day laurel heart (2) Apley Farm Shop is just installing today probably Shropshire’s largest heart – made of laurel leaves. Phil Allen, our Head Gardener, made the chicken wire frame, Gavin pruned a laurel shrub in the garden, then yesterday the children helped me decorate it. The Apley Estate will send 2 men with a very long ladder to hang it from the beams in the farm shop & finally Tina will add the finishing touches as it’s rather fragile ! So it’s another example of the fabulous Apley team work !

Here’s Francis with it, fresh back from his rugby lesson.

For Valentine’s Day lunches & Afternoon Teas, just call 01952 730 345 – ext 6 is the office or ext 2 is the cafe (book with Zoe).

January 31, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Farm Shop’s foodie link with the University of Wolverhampton

University of Wolverhampton news

University of Wolverhampton Insider

Here’s a snippet about Apley Farm Shop’s foodie link with the University of Wolverhampton.

Their Telford Campus catering managers buy in meat & game from our Apley butchers as well as vegetables grown in Apley Walled Garden by Phil Allen.

As the article says, buying locally means the chefs can be using Apley’s vegetables within 4 hrs being harvested. That’s zippy !

They’ve just won an award (Value Change Management Award) from their sustainability & sourcing their ingredients so locally – as well as following the seasons. It really works all round – it’s great for them, great for us (the supplier) & great for their consumers (university students & staff who use their university restaurants).

January 30, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Reserve your venison at Apley Farm Shop

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2015-09-16, Shropshire venison sausage raw - £9.95 per kg

Shropshire venison sausage raw – £9.95 per kg

2015-12-01, Venison Guard of Honour

Venison Guard of Honour

Venison & the venison sausages made by our own butchers onsite, are hugely popular items, in short supply & high demand. So it can now be reserved in advance. When next at our butcher counter, request the cut you want, leave your contact details & you’ll be contacted as soon as it’s available. It’s hung for 2-3 weeks, so as soon as we hear some has arrived, they’ve got 3 weeks to contact those customers.

Our local venison is from fallow deer. Bucks (male) fallow deer are in season 1 Aug to 30 April whilst doe (the females) fallow have a slightly staggered season – from 1 Nov to 31 March. So there’s only a maximum of 3 months left this year to enjoy this very tasty & lean meat.

There’s some in stock at Apley Farm Shop right now, so drop in tomorrow (Sundays, we’re open 10-4pm) to snap up yours ! If you can’t make it (too far, too busy), try our online DeliShop (click & collect). Sometimes (it’s very subject to availability) it’s on our Specials Menu in the Creamery Cafe – call Zoe to check (01952 730 345 ext 2) & book in for a venison lunch !

PS. Come & meet our local deer expert is often at our events throughout the year, to share his immense knowledge of deer & deer management, eg. Sun 5 June for Open Farm Sunday.

January 29, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

What’s on in February at Apley Farm Shop

Pancakes from rotating slider

Pancake Day, Tue 9 Feb

Click HERE to see our latest film on what’s on in February at Apley Farm Shop.

We kick off with the Apley Cookery Club on Sat 6 February, 10:30-12:30pm; then Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras) on Tuesday 9 February – pancakes in the Creamery Cafe & all the ingredients in the farm shopFree tea or coffee when you spend £10 in our online DeliShop; Valentine’s Day presents galore in the farm shop including tailor-made Valentine’s hampers; £20 Meal Deal for 2 in the Apley butcher; handmade quiches & Creme d’Or chocolates on the Delicatessen counter; Valentine’s Day Sunday lunch & Afternoon Teas (booking essential) in the Creamery Cafe & our private party & business room – the Corn Loft Conference Room; kale, cabbage, celeriac, parsnips, endive, salsify & scorzonera, swede & turnips – are all in season now; Storytelling Week is Sat 30 Jan – Sat 6 Feb in Pigg’s Playbarn; Apley Plant Centre is reopening Mon 15 Feb; Scotty’s Animal Park is reopening on Sat 13 February; Aromatherapy candles make great Valentine’s presents, from Annie’s Reiki Centre – as would door stops & draft excluders from Alley Katz Toy Shop. The month finishes (remember though it’s a leap year, so there is a 29th day !) with Sun 28 Feb – Big Little Things (known to us as BLT !), are running a floral design masterclass. Registrations are now open for our first 2016 Apley Craft Fair on Sun 1 May (the eve of our first Apley Bake Off which is looking to be a really fun culinary event this Spring).

As you can see, we’re so much more than a Farm Shop !

January 28, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

February newsletter from Apley Farm Shop

February 2016 v3 newsletterHere’s a sneak preview of our February newsletter which will be sent out on Saturday morning. BE THE FIRST TO KNOW about our offers, promotions & events. It’s all pancakes & Valentines this month, but masses more to follow this year.

January 27, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Cranachan cheesecake in Apley Farm Shop

Crannock cheesecake

Cranachan cheesecake

Hereford Hop

Hereford Hop cheese, £1.59 per 100g

As it was Burns Night on Monday, our Head Baker Julie made Crannock (or to some it’s Cranachan !) cheesecake her Cake of the Week (£2.50 each in the Creamery, £1.50 in the farm shop).  Dish of the Week in the Creamery Cafe is Haggis (which sold out very quickly on the butcher counter) & clapshot. Cheese of the Week is Hereford Hop (£1.59 per 100g) & look out for the Highland cheese, bought in especially for this week.

We’ve been tasting Lodge Farm Kitchen‘s frozen meals this week, sold in Apley Farm Shop. Their boeuf bourguignon was delicious on Monday & tonight we tried their roast vegetable lasagne which won a Great Taste Award in 2013. We met them in September at the Speciality Fine Food Fair & bought in some stock as they’re based in neighbouring Herefordshire. Their ready meals certainly make busy lives easier !

This week, amongst other things, I’m busy compiling the Advertising, Marketing & Press plan for the whole year with each Head of Department & of course our online DeliShop. It’ll make 2016 more cohesive than ever, so what happens in one department is reflected & continued in another. It involves planning offers & promotions around our own planned events, what produce is available throughout the seasons, national events such as food weeks & national awareness days, but according to our customer profiles. Plus pushing forward a couple of larger projects – the Apley Archive website & developing a new Apley product ready to launch in the summer hopefully. Many staff are taking their annual leave before the year which reminds me that half term for our children is just round the corner too.

January 26, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Valentine’s Day at Annie’s Reiki Centre, Apley Farm Shop

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Annie's Reiki Centre Soul candles

Annie’s Reiki Centre Soul candles

January 25, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Floristry masterclass at Apley Farm Shop


£30 bouquet


Wedding flowers by Big Little Things

Big Little Things is our resident florist & gift shop at Apley Farm Shop & February’s a busy time for them. Summer weddings will soon follow, so it’s a good time to share these photos of some of their lovely bouquets – perfect for St Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day (Sun 6 March) & Easter Day (Sun 27 March). They’re offering 3 options:

  • Valentine’s Day flower jars; £5.00 (because you like them)
  • Small Valentine’s Day bouquet; £15.00 (because you love them)
  • Large Valentine’s Day bouquet; £30.00 (because they are everything to yo

As it’s National Floral Design Day on Sun 28th Feb, Big Little Things are holding a floral design masterclass in their Courtyard shop at Apley Farm Shop, 10-2pm.  Learn from the experts how to create stunning floral designs just in time for Mother’s day. £25 per person includes all materials & a light refreshments. For more details, click HERE. To book, email or call Fran or Sarah on 07811 343 558.

January 24, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Big Little Things’ 2016 programme at Apley Farm Shop

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Sarah & Fran of Big Little Things / Tom & Melanie of the Apley Plant Centre have just sent me their 2016 dates. Open your diary & read on for more detail:

“All people, big and little, like to learn new skills or pursue a hobby they enjoy. Big Little Things are running an array of flower workshops throughout the year, allowing those with an interest develop an interest.

From designing and creating your own floral line to making your own door wreath; there is a flower workshop for everyone throughout the seasons. The flower arranging workshops use seasonal flowers and include all materials, tuition, light refreshment and your flower arrangement to take home.


Workshop  Dates Time Description Price
Floral Design Day Sunday, 28th February 2016  10am-  1pm  Design & create your own seasonal flower arrangement to take home.  £25.00
Easter Basket Saturday, 19th March 2016  1pm-  4pm  Design & create a fun Easter line arrangement to enjoy over Easter.  £25.00
Wedding Flower Tips Saturday, 4th June 2016  1pm-  4pm  Advice & tips on how to do your own wedding flowers. Demonstration & practical elements including how to make a buttonhole.  £35.00
Autumn Flowers Saturday, 17th September 2016  1pm-  4pm  Design & create your own autumnal flower arrangement.  £25.00
Christmas Door Wreath Thursday, 8th December 2016 & Sunday 11th December 2016  10am-  12pm  Design & make your own Christmas door wreath to take home.  £25.00*
Christmas Table Arrangement Thursday, 8th December 2016 & Sunday, 11th December 2016  1pm-  3pm  Design & make your own Christmas flower arrangement for your home.  £25.00*

*book both Christmas workshops for the same day and pay £40.00.


Enjoy some stay and play Summer holiday club fun while you enjoy shop or sit in the sun!

Workshop Dates Time Price per child  
Mod Podge  Wednedsay, 3rd August 2016  10.30am – 12.30pm £12.00  
Veggie Animals  Wednesday, 10th August 2016  10.30am – 12.30pm £12.00  
Mini Flower Arrangement  Wednesday, 17th August 2016  10.30am – 12.30pm £12.00  

Booking is essential; contact Big Little Things on or call 07811 343 558 to make an enquiry or reservation.

Spaces are limited for each course, so we do suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.​




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