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August 3, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Estate Smoked Pheasant at Country File Live, Blenheim

If you’re in Oxfordshire tomorrow, drop in & watch me demo at 12noon & 2pm with our Apley Estate Smoked Pheasant at Country File Live, Blenheim. I’ll be on the BASC stand.

I’m just changing the packaging. It won’t be quite as smart, but it will be less expensive, so help keep the price as low as possible.

Next season begins 1 Nov (really 1 Oct, but on the Apley Estate we start pheasant shooting on 1 Nov), so once again we will have pheasant smoked as freshly as possible. When it’s out of season, we smoked raw breasts which have been frozen until we need them.

We’ve entered 3 awards – Great Taste, Eat Game & British Charcuterie. More news on those asap.

August 2, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Holiday Club at Apley Farm Shop on Tuesday 7 August

There will be another super all day holiday club run by the Ministry of Kids at Apley Farm Shop on Tuesday 7 August, 8:45-5pm. Participating children will be able to enjoy so many activities at Apley including Paint & Create (pottery painting & craft), Scotty’s Donkeys & Animal Park, Pigg’s Playbarn, the Apley Maze & the tyre & straw bale playground. Our day will start exploring the woods along the Skylark Nature Trail & making amazing dens. It will be a great day out for any child from reception age & above.

Full details:


Cost: £33 includes Campfire Lunch & snacks throughout the day

Book at least 24 hrs in advance by clicking HERE or calling Clare 07734 927074

July 21, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Classic Motor Day 2018 photos

Paul Shuttleworth of BBC Radio Shropshire interviewing car owners as they arrived

PM Cars of Wellington very kindly donated 3 fabulous prizes

Paint & Create (in our courtyard) painted these unique plates & has now added the winners’ names

It’s Classic Motor Day – not just for classic cars – we welcome all classic vehicles !

We ran an all day Apley Barbecue in the courtyard

In 27 degrees of sunshine, Churchfields’ icecreams sold non-stop all day

We had over 200 cars pre-registered then approx another 50 turned up on the day

The Miniature Car Museum attended

Mr Edwards is the father of the Apley Estate Clerk of Works, overseeing the maintenance of all our rented properties

Fantastic pano shot

Last Sunday was a fantastic day at Apley Farm Shop. Steve Watts of A Decent Exposure was there to photograph it all & sent me these fab photos. We will open 2019 registrations asap.

July 20, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Win £46.50 worth of Apley Maze tickets

Read the latest Apley Farm Shop newsletter below & you’ll find a competition to win £46.50 worth of Apley Maze tickets. The Apley Maze is now fully grown & ready to open on Sat 28 July. There are two ways to enter this competition: Email us your details to or Like & comment on our Facebook post. T&Cs apply. For full details, visit Click HERE to book tickets.

July 20, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Classic Motor Day report in Shropshire Star

If you missed Monday’s Shropshire Star, here is their report of the 7th Apley Classic Motor Day held in glorious sunshine & 27 degrees! We will hold our 8th Classic Motor Day in June or July 2019. Date tbc asap !

July 15, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Classic Motor Day 2018 film

I’ll write more tomorrow about the fab Classic Motor Day 2018 which was held today at Apley Farm Shop. In the meantime, enjoy this film by Steve Watts of A Decent Exposure Photography. Next year’s date is Sun 14 July 2019, 10-4pm. We’ll start work asap to make the day even better !

Huge thanks for 3 very generous prizes donated by Peter Morris Cars of Wellington, Shropshire.

More photos & news tomorrow.

June 25, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Maze in the news

Shropshire Star, 19 June 2018

Marking out the maze with Survey Solutions


Installing the tower & bridge in the field of maze

Lord Hamilton, owner of the Apley Estate, overseeing the installations

We’ve just installed the wooden bridge & look out tower on the Apley Maze which is growing fast. It’s due to open Sat 28 July. Tickets are available online by clicking the photo or

Read the Shropshire Star’s article here or the full press release on our webpage by clicking HERE.

June 22, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

First aerial view of the Apley Maze

My neighbour very kindly took & shared this fab first aerial shot of the Apley Maze – we’re very excited how wonderful it looks. Zoom in & your can see the wooden bridge. Can you spot the antelope, which is inspired by the crest on top of Gavin’s (Lord Hamilton’s) coat of arms.

Click on the photo to book your tickets online. Tickets can be used [only once] on a day of your choice between 9:30am on Sat 28 July (when we expect the maize (sweetcorn) to be tall enough) & Sunday 30 Sept 4pm.

Click HERE for full details.

Before the maze opens, come along to the Apley Classic Motor Day on Sunday 15 July, 10-4pm. It’s a free event & a great day out for all ages.

June 12, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Road works near Apley Farm Shop

Traffic near Apley Farm Shop may be slower than usual from Sat 23 June to Mon 23 July as the main road (A442) near Stockton (just outside Norton village) will be closed every night 9pm-6am. During the day it should be open but with road dressing taking place, so there will be traffic lights in place. Sorry for any inconvenience for those coming to the Apley Classic Motor Day on Sun 15 July & the Apley Maze & Summer Fun (from approx 15 July to 30 Sept). Click on the image below for details. Thanks to Sarah in Scotty’s Animal Park for spotting this on the Shropshire council website. 


June 11, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

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