A VILLAGE is patiently waiting for the apple blossom for its annual celebration.

Putley's Blossomtime event takes place on Sunday and Monday, May 5 and 6.

It will be centred on cider tasting in the parish hall, with well over 100 ciders and perries expected to be available.

Visitors can walk through the famous local orchards, taste the ciders, and enjoy a home-made lunch or tea.

Special events include Norman Stanier's talk about his great grandfather Harry Taylor, who was overseer on the Putley Court Estate nearly 150 years ago when acres of orchards were established in the parish.

Authors and cidermakers Susanna Forbes, Gabe Cook and Simon Day will be giving talks at Dragon Orchard; there will be visits to The Juice to learn about Pixley Berries; and Helen and Andrew Riga will welcome visitors to Yew Tree Farm.

Dancing from Leominster Morris and music from Fiddlers Two add the final touches.

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