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October 29, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

BBC Radio Shropshire at Apley Farm Shop

BBC Shropshire’s Ian Perry interviewing Gavin (Lord Hamilton)

Sunglasses, courtesy of a willing customer!

People just don’t realise how much effort goes in nor how much heavy lifting there is!

Ian Perry of BBC Radio Shropshire dropped in on Thursday morning to talk to Gavin & me about the Spookley Pumpkin Festival (which continues until Wed 31 Oct 5pm) as well as developments on the Apley Estate since arriving nearly 13 years ago in 2006.

To listen again, click HERE. I talked about pumpkins from 1:53:18 to 1:56:07 then Gavin talked about the estate 2:42:28 to 2.48:35.

Here are some super photos by A Decent Exposure Photography of more pumpkins arriving today (we’re not growing our own this year – they’re still very local, from a farm near Shrewsbury).

 

October 24, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

EKO Bushcraft activities – Watch our film & book your place

EKO (Educating Kids Outdoors) are holding Bushcraft activities at Apley Farm Shop next week. They will be from 1-4 Nov at 10-11am (Fire Lighting), 11-12noon (Creative Clay) & 12-1pm (Wonderful Willow).

As these are new, we asked Steve (A Decent Exposure Photography) to make a FILM, to show you what they’re all about.

Click HERE to take a peek.

If you’d like to try it, click HERE to book your places. £24 for all 3 or £9 each. Booking is essential.

We’ve sold over half the tickets, so don’t delay !

For full details on our website, click HERE.

Click HERE to visit EKO’s website for details of their other activities throughout the year including the 2019 Pigg’s Playbarn Sleepover !

For Spookley Pumpkin tickets, click HERE. Pumpkin fun continues 26-31 Oct, then the Bushcraft fun runs 1-4 Nov. Then it’s back to school !

October 18, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

National Trust’s Dudmaston Hall team coming to Apley Farm Shop

Credit: National Trust Jean Pierre Camm

National Trust Chris Lacey

National Trust Chris Lacey

The team from the National Trust at Dudmaston are taking to the roads this summer. Touring local events and attractions in Shropshire, they’re heading to Apley Farm Shop this Sunday. As a conservation charity, the National Trust is committed to caring for special places for ever for everyone. Find out how the team are working to achieve this at Dudmaston Hall near Bridgnorth and what you can do to support them, whether it’s volunteering your time or joining up as a member.

About the Dudmaston Estate…

Stretching across 3,000 acres, Dudmaston is a working estate, with a 900 year family history at its heart. Explore parkland and woodland walks everyday, enjoy the stunning formal gardens and visit the renowned Modern art collection in the galleries, which include works by Moore, Matisse and Hepworth.

They came 13-14 Oct & will be back again on these dates:

  • This weekend – Sat 20 & Sun 21 Oct (one of our Spookley weekends)
  • Thursday 1 November (EKO Bushcraft events also on that day)
  • Friday 2 November (EKO Bushcraft events also on that day)
  • Sat 10 & Sun 11 November
  • Sat 17 & Sun 18 November
  • Sat 8 & Sun 9 December (to coincide with Santa events)
  • Sat 15 & Sun 16 December (to coincide with Santa events)
October 17, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Grab your Spookley tickets whilst you can !

John – our General Manager – fixing final signs

Choose your pumpkin on the Pumpkin Patch or for an extra £1, go & find one in the Apley Maze

Grab your Spookley tickets whilst you can ! We’re sold out on many days, so be quick !

Here are a few photos from last Sunday which was sooo wet !

Photos by Steve Watts of A Decent Exposure Photography.

Optional special offer: Two photos for £6 for one for £4.50.

Full details are HERE.

Tickets are HERE.

October 16, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

The 2018 Apley Christmas hampers are available now!

Apley Shropshire Delights Hamper, £70

Apley Cider Lovers Hamper, £15

Apley Luxury Christmas Hamper, £135

Apley Gin Lovers Hamper, £25

Apley Beer Lovers Hamper, £15

Apley Christmas cheese board (example)

Apley Cheese Lovers Hamper, £15

The 2018 Apley Christmas hampers are available now! Just pick & CLICK ! They’re all available via our online shop: www.ApleyOnline.com or in our Food Hall at Apley Farm Shop. If you prefer, they will soon also be available on Amazon.

There are SIX to choose from ..

  1. Apley Cheese Lovers Hamper, £15
  2. Apley Beer Lovers Hamper, £15
  3. Apley Cider Lovers Hamper, £15
  4. Apley Ladies’ Hamper, £ tbc
  5. Apley Gin Lovers Hamper, £25
  6. Apley Shropshire Delights Hamper, £70
  7. Apley Luxury Christmas Hamper, £135

Apley Ladies Hamper, £ tbc

Tailor-made hampers just for you ? Some customers would rather browse the Food Hall & hand select their favourite items to create their own hamper, which is of course fine too. We have a dedicated ‘hamper station’ where we’ll help you wrap it, finished with our super Apley Farm Shop ribbon.

Whilst thinking about Christmas & to get an idea what Christmas is like at Apley Farm Shop, why not sit back & snatch 2 mins to watch our Christmas FILM by clicking HERE.

October 13, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

EKO Bushcraft activities during the October half term week

If you are looking for activities for your children this October half term, click HERE for some Bushcraft sessions organised by Educating Kids Outdoors (EKO) at Apley Farm Shop, Shropshire.

Held outdoors around the campfire daily, activities include Fire Lighting (10am), Creative Clay (11am) & Wonderful Willow (12noon).

Places are limited, so bag yours now. Just click HERE.

The sessions are for children & adults of all ages & will be adapted to the group’s experience & knowledge with plenty of free range exploring & discovery activities available as well. All places are bookable online or in Pigg’s Playbarn.

Click HERE to read these testimonials on how other children feel about their EKO experiences.

Playbarn Sleepover 2019

EKO are not only holding these Bushcraft activities, but they’ve already opened their bookings for the very popular Sleepover in Pigg’s Playbarn. It’ll be on Thursday 1 to Friday 2 August 2019. Just click HERE to bag your place.

Summer 2019 !! Holiday Club 

Plus, if you’re getting really organised & don’t want your child to miss this super day, the Ministry of Kids (MOK) has also opened their summer holiday bookings for Tuesday 6 Aug 2019. Click HERE to book in.

 

 

 

 

October 12, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Local WI group enjoy demo by Apley chef

Recently the [Ironbridge] Gorge Women’s Institute (WI) enjoyed a bakery demo by Apley Farm Shop’s chef Ted. Here is a local article with details.

If you’d like to book a guest speaker for your local interest group, click HERE then click on Guest Speakers.

If you’d like an Apley Experience for yourself, a friend, a family members, a group of friends or members of your Local Interest Group, click HERE. They’re all held at Apley Farm Shop on dates to suit you. Apley Experiences make great presents at any time of year & give participants the opportunity to learn & develop new skills.

 

October 11, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

SIX events coming up at Apley Farm Shop

We have SIX wonderful events coming up at Apley Farm Shop. Click on the links below to see details of each one including how to book tickets or click HERE to see them all.

Spookley Pumpkin Festival 13-14 Oct, 20-21 Oct, 26-31 Oct 

The first pumpkins have just arrived today.

This year for the first time, Spookley customers (Spookliers?!) can go to the Pumpkin Patch to choose their pumpkin or for an extra £1 & triple the fun, they can go & choose one in the Apley Maze!

EKO Bushcraft 1-4 Nov 

THREE activities every day for 4 days. Fire Lighting 10am, Creative Clay 11am & Wonderful Willow 12noon

Apley Christmas Market, 24-25 Nov

Free entry, Free tasters – come hungry & thirsty !

Santa’s Grotto

1-2 Dec, 8-9 Dec, 15-16 Dec & 22-24 Dec

This gets very booked up, so book now to bag the slot you want

Breakfast with Santa

1-2 Dec, 8-9 Dec, 15-16 Dec & 22-24 Dec

This is very popular like Santa’s Grotto, so don’t delay, book today !

Afternoon Tea with Santa

1-2 Dec, 8-9 Dec, 15-16 Dec & 22-24 Dec

Same again, super popular with all ages – makes a lovely family outing, pre-Christmas

For a sneaky preview into our 2019 dates, click HERE.

 

 

October 3, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Taste the Christmas menu at Apley Farm Shop

Just working on [what I call] Everything Christmas & I just love the look of our 2018 Christmas menu in Apley Farm Shop’s Creamery Cafe.

It’s only 3 Oct I know, but some of our customers like to book in early for their family meals at Christmas time, to be sure their ideal day & time is available.

If you like the look of it too, just call Shaun on 01952 581 002 ext 2 or email him on creamery@apleyfarmshop.co.uk to book your table. We have a super team of chefs in the kitchen creating delicious meals for you to enjoy.

 

September 25, 2018 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Paint & Create events at Apley Farm Shop

Ladies’ Nights

Read & Create – Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Potter’s Wheel Family Days – Booking essential

Book in for some of these super events at Paint & Create at Apley Farm Shop.

All enquiries to Charlotte on 01952 730 220

or click HERE to go to their Facebook page.

Friday    19/10/2018         10:30 – 12:00      £10.00

Read and Create – Room on the Broom   Hear the story then paint or do foam clay on a pottery character. £10 per child. Booking essential.

Monday               22/10/2018         10:30 – 12:00      £11.00

Read and Create – Spookley         Hear the story then paint or do foam clay on a pottery character. £11 per child. Booking essential.

Wednesday        24/10/2018         19:00 – 21:00      £7.50

Ladies’ Night      Pottery painting, wine and nibbles! Bring your friends along for a relaxed and fun evening to create your masterpiece. From complete beginners to experienced painters; all abilities welcome. Booking essential. £7.50 for wine and nibbles payable on booking + pay for what you paint on the night.

Monday               29/10/2018         10:30 – 14:00      £5.00

Potter’s Wheel Family Day           Booking required. £5 per person deposit payable. Suitable for age 3+

Thursday             15/11/2018         19:00 – 21:00      £7.50

Ladies’ Night      Pottery painting, wine and nibbles! Bring your friends along for a relaxed and fun evening to create your masterpiece. From complete beginners to experienced painters; all abilities welcome. Booking essential. £7.50 for wine and nibbles payable on booking + pay for what you paint on the night.

Tuesday               27/11/2018         19:00 – 21:00      £7.50

Ladies’ Night      Pottery painting, wine and nibbles! Bring your friends along for a relaxed and fun evening to create your masterpiece. From complete beginners to experienced painters; all abilities welcome. Booking essential. £7.50 for wine and nibbles payable on booking + pay for what you paint on the night.

Wednesday        05/12/2018         19:00 – 21:00      £7.50

Ladies’ Night      Pottery painting, wine and nibbles! Bring your friends along for a relaxed and fun evening to create your masterpiece. From complete beginners to experienced painters; all abilities welcome. Booking essential. £7.50 for wine and nibbles payable on booking + pay for what you paint on the night.