Apple Juicing Workshops – Cancelled due to a Shortage of Apples

After the success of last year’s Apple Juicing Workshops, introduced to replace the Apple Fest we were unable to run due to Covid, the Foxlowe gardeners are planning to run another workshop day this year to complement the reinstated Apple Fest.

Weather permitting it will be on the patio, or inside if it’s wet, on Sunday 24 October, when the building will otherwise be closed. This is offered for those who have too many apples (more than 15 kg) to be juiced at Apple Fest. To maintain social distancing these sessions need to be pre-booked.

The charge will be £10 per participant per session and we will run three sessions each day:




Please read the details below before booking a place.

To book your place, email Alison McCrea at and specify your prefered day and start time.  Please also provide contact details, ideally mobile number, so that we can contact you at short notice where necessary.

Essential Information

We invite participants to register for a 90 minute time slot and aim for the numbers of apples they bring being processed to the bottling stage within that period.  For this reason we ask participants to restrict themselves to a maximum of 24 kg each[1].  If the slot runs over, there will be seating provided either in the garden or the Function Room (Bromfield), where the next group of participants can wait.  The cost will be £10 per participant per session.

To maintain social distancing, we aim  to limit numbers to 4 participants per timeslot, starting at 10.00am.  This will restrict total numbers to six, including the two volunteers leading the session.  We plan to run three 90 minute slots each day, officially finishing at 2:30pm but with capacity to carry on till 4pm if slots overrun. We will ask participants for contact information when they book their places, so they can be alerted to any significant delay.

There will be 6 socially distanced (x3m) areas of activity and each will be provided with hand sanitising facilities.  We will also invite participants to wear face masks if working close together indoors.

  1. Registration and weighing table. Registration will include leaving contact details to comply with Covid track and trace regulations. Weighing allows us to distribute bottles relative to the weight of apples brought.  The minimum recommended weight is 16kg (giving 7 bottles) and the maximum 24kg (giving 11 bottles).  The press and mill usually yield 1 bottle of juice per 2kg apples but we keep one bottle per participant for the Foxlowe to help cover our overheads and also to compensate should there be a less juicy mix of apples.
  2. A table where damaged areas can be cut from apples prior to milling. We can provide knives and boards for this but will recommend that participants bring their own and also that they pre-wash their apples.
  3. The electric mill, which we’ll show you how to use. It’s important not to overload this, so apples are best thrown in in handfuls, NOT tipped from a basin or bucket.
  4. The press and accessories which we’ll also show you how to use. Parts that need handling during the process can be wiped with sanitiser between different users.
  5. Bottling table. Large containers with taps are filled via funnels from above and the tap then used to fill bottles that are removed in crates.  Please bring your own pre-washed screw-top 75cl bottles.  We will have some spares but not enough for all the juice. Alternatively you can bring your own containers if you plan to make cider or apple ale.
  6. These heat the bottles and their contents to 80°C and hold that temperature for 20 minutes. The bottles are routinely removed on to a wooden board while still hot, so will have to be handled with insulating gloves.  They’re then left to cool and packed into bags, boxes or crates for subsequent collection, which will be by arrangement during the week after the session.

[1] For larger quantities, participants who have attended workshops and are comfortable with the procedure are welcome to hire the equipment for a fee of £20 plus a £20 returnable deposit.  An instruction manual will be provided.




Oct 24 2021


Start times for different sessions are 10:00, 11:30 and 13:00
10:00 am - 3:00 pm