An afternoon out to celebrate local tasty traditions while also raising funds for local charity is in store on October 23, when Nailsea Cider will be hosting Apple Day at Nailsea’s Ring O’ Bells pub. This free family event is “an invitation to the community to come and have a go at apple pressing and find out more about the local history”, according to Mike James.
Indeed, the tradition of cider making in Nailsea is deep rooted, long before 1788, when the Coates Cider factory was opened. Coates went on to be among the country’s top three cider producers, before it finally closed its doors in 1975. In 2013, Mike and a group of friends were eager to revive Nailsea’s historical ties to cider making and launched Nailsea Cider, beginning with a single 30-litre barrel before growing to now produce about 2500 litres per year.
All apples for production of Nailsea Cider are sourced entirely locally, from in and around Nailsea as well as from the orchard at Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). Previously, Nailsea Cider has mulled cider around Christmas time to raise funds for CHSW and on Apple Day plenty of collection tins will be present to also raise funds.
Visitors to Apple Day can bring their own apples, press them and take home the juice in return for a donation, Mike explained, adding that Nailsea Cider would also have plenty of apples to hand for everyone else to have a go at pressing while enjoying a great day out with local folk music and Morris dancers among the attractions.
Photos from previous apple pressing days