So, with China only a few weeks away it was time to do something to fill in the time. After the enjoyment of the Chilli Fiesta in August we signed up quickly for the Apple Affair at West Dean.
We had high hopes of a day filled with apples and fun just like the Chilli Fiesta and it was fun and a nice day (read couple of hours) out but…..I wasn’t blown away. They could have taken it much further, done more with the apples, had more activities going on to really highlight the apple harvest. Our only criticism of the Chilli Fiesta was that there wasn’t enough “free” stuff that was included with the price of the ticket and this was certainly true of the Apple Affair.
Yes we got to walk around the grounds and the gardens which are lovely, there were some wonderful stall holders, cookery demonstrations and a music tent which did make it enjoyable but that was really it.
It was a shame considering it could £9 ish per adult ticket (including gift aid) as we only stayed for a couple of hours, it might have been different if we had children to run around with but we don’t. The event did have a wonderful community feel with the villagers of West Dean. The atmosphere may have been better had it only been a 1 day event but hey ho that’s just our opinion.
We did get some lovely pictures and did see many many apples!!!
Have you been to the Apple Affair? Did you have the same thoughts? Any better ideas for apple festivals in the UK?