A CIDER orchard event will be returning to Hereford next month.

The Big Apple Harvest Time will be taking place in Much Marcle on October 14 and 15, with visitors invited to explore the cider orchards of the Marcle Ridge parishes.

There will be opportunities to see cider and perry being made as well as chances to taste and buy many different varieties of apples, local ciders, perries, and apple juices.

Westons Cider, Woodredding Farm, Lyne Down Organics, Avenue Cottage, Hellens, Awnells Farm, and Gregg’s Pit will all be open to the public, giving locals a unique look at Herefordshire’s iconic cider industry in action.

Hot drinks, soup, roll lunches, and apple tea will be available at Much Marcle Memorial Hall, with apple archery on Saturday.

A variety of activities have been arranged for the weekend including cider tastings at Lyne Down Organics, Avenue Cottage and Woodredding Farm.

Live music will be provided by Uke Can’t Be Serious and the Cherrystones.

There will also be Morris dancing at many of the locations, with the Leominster Morris and Blackthorn Ritualistic Folk dancing on Saturday as well as Raggedstone Border Morris and Gidderskins making appearances on Sunday.

For those interested in getting out and about there will be guided foraging tours throughout the weekend and a Big Apple bike ride which will set off from Ledbury, taking cyclists around many of the local cider producers and orchards.

This year the Big Apple will be part of the larger Hereford Applefest event.