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Enjoy the fruits of harvest at Runcorn's Norton Priory
AN autumn celebration is being held at Runcorn’s ancient Norton Priory.
A quince and apple day takes place on Sunday, October 13, from 11am to 4pm at the walled garden, home to the national collection of tree quince.
The fruit is the same family as the apple and pear and has a golden appearance with delicate pink flesh. When eaten raw the fruit is bitter and hard, but when cooked, the flavour becomes sweet and delicious.
Norton Priory head gardener and quince expert, John Budworth said: “Norton Priory is home to 25 different cultivars of quince.
“This event provides the perfect opportunity for people to learn more about this unusual fruit which is now quite rare in the UK.
“Best of all, it contains pectin, so it’s ideal for making jams and jellies.”
A huge variety of produce including pumpkins, squashes and pears and 20 varieties of English apples will be on sale.
Ice cream and Priory ale, both made on site by Halton Council’s day services team wprking with adults with disabilies, will be served in a tea room, Other attractions include jams, juices and cakes plus stalls from Walton Lea farmer’s market.
Crafts and all sorts of family fun activities will be available.
Visitors can have a go at pottery and archery.
There will also be music and face painting.
You can take part in the longest apple peel competition and taste freshly made apple juice.
Plenty of fun for children to enjoy at quince and apple day (Pics saved as ‘CHILDREN’SQUINCE’, ‘QUINCE’, ‘PUMPKIN’ and ‘APPLEORCHARD’ - unfortunately, Priory has no names of the children)
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