Food Glorious Food events from the National Trust (in October)

LogoFood Glorious Food is a National Trust campaign which aims to engage young people and their parents in the growing, purchasing, eating and celebration of local and seasonal food.

The National Trust believes in sustainable food production – it’s beneficial for the special places we care for, good for the environment and helps tackle issues like food miles. Through the FGF campaign we seek to equip people with the food knowledge and skills necessary to help create a more self-sufficient nation.

As part of the campaign, the National Trust is giving away three quarters of a million packets of rocket, lettuce and pumpkin seeds, and will be teaching children and adults how to plant, grow and cook their own food in an effort to encourage more active, healthy and sustainable lifestyles.

Tuck in to your nearest Food Glorious Food event
Haggle with farmers, enjoy tasty treats, cook up a storm, get hands-on in the garden and grab your FREE packet of seeds at over 500 events across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  During October, check out these events and activities.

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Sun 11 Oct
Berrington Hall (in Herefordshire)

  • Farming Day
  • Celebrate harvest time with everything farming related. Learn about traditional skills and taste some of the ‘rustic’ Berrington food from our tea-room.
  • Normal admission charges only

Sat 10 Oct to Thu 22 Oct
Knightshayes Court, Devon

  • A Celebration of Apples
  • A culinary celebration of the versatile apple! In the Stables Restaurant we will offering home-made meals using produce from our kitchen garden wherever possible.
  • Apple recipe leaflets for you to take home and try.

Weekdays 12 to 30 October 9am – 5pm
Harewoods, Surrey

  • Dig for Victory – Grow Your Own Draft
  • The National Trust, in partnership with the Outwood Horticultural Society, are reviving the old WWII campaign, Dig For Victory.
  • That is victory over; the credit crunch, food miles and poor nutrition, and they hope to improve health, lifestyle, food traceability, education and community links. You might even be digging for the victory of a prize at the 2009 Outwood Village show.

Sat 17 Oct and Sun 18 Oct
Wallington (near Morpeth)

  • Wallington Food & Craft Festival
  • This weekend is a celebration of food and craft from Northumbria and Cumbria with quality local suppliers, Cookery demonstrations and children’s activities.
  • Free

Sat 17 Oct
Killerton, Devon

  • Farmers and Local Produce Market
  • Lots of fresh, tempting, local produce for sale. Held every third Saturday in every month. Free event

Sat 17 Oct
Studland Beach & Nature Reserve, Dorset

  • Wild Food Walk
  • Walk on the wild side by discovering the different ingredients that can be found around us. Followed by a hot buffet of dishes sourced from the hedgerows and fields of the Purbeck Estate. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Knoll Beach.
  • Event fee applies. Booking essential

Sat 17 Oct
Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire

  • Perry Pear Day
  • At Dyrham we have a Perry Pear Orchard. Come along for tastings and tips on growing your own pears and other soft and top fruit. Guided walks and produce for sale in the restaurant.
  • Normal admission charges only

Sat 17 Oct 11am and Sun 18 Oct 4pm
Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

  • Apples and Autumn Fruits
  • A weekend full of all things apple, with a delicious local produce fair.
  • Taste apples, juices, ciders and home cooked recipes in the cafe.
  • Refreshments available.
  • FREE admission to the Food Fair

Sun 18 Oct
Blickling Hall, Garden & Park (in Norfolk)

  • Apple Day
  • Apple themed children’s events in the grounds of Blickling. Special menu in the Restaurant celebrating this popular and versatile fruit. The Apple and Pear People will be selling a wide range of appley produce, apple identification and sampling different apple and pear varieties.
  • Normal admission charge only

Sun 18 Oct
Killerton, Devon

  • Apple Day
  • Celebrate the English apple and enjoy the splendour of autumn colour in Killerton’s garden. Apples for sale, cider-making and tasting and children’s activities.
  • Normal admission charge only

Wed 21 Oct    Nunnington Hall (in North Yorkshire)

  • It’s National Apple Day
  • Our specials menu in the tearoom will offer a taste of the season and all things appley.
  • Normal admission charges only

Sat 24 to Sun 25 Oct; 11am to 3pm    Arlington Court & The National Trust’s Carriage Collection

  • Autumn Harvest Festival
  • Next weekend celebrate nature’s harvest from the prestigious potato to the swanky Swede! Food and craft stalls, potato printing for children and the final Arlington Taste Challenge.
  • Normal admission charge only

Sat 24 to Sun 25 Oct     Dart Estuary to Brixham, Devon

  • Fruitful Harvest at Woodhuish
  • This weekend is a harvest event where you can join in with pressing apples, working the old cider press, tours of the orchard, rare breed sheep & cows, fruits from the hedgerows walks, and have a go at traditional crafts.
  • Event fee applies. Booking essential. 01752 346585

Sat 24 Oct to Sun 25 Oct    The White Cliffs of Dover, Kent

  • Apple Fayre
  • A marquee will accommodate a large selection of apples and juices, where visitors can taste old and new varieties before they buy. Apple experts will be on hand for consultations and other local produce stalls will be selling their wares. Try your hand at guessing the weight of the pumpkin or finding the maggot! Prizes to be won.
  • Normal admission charges only

Sat 24 Oct to Sun 1 Nov; 11am to 4pm    Sutton Hoo (in Suffolk)

  • Halloween Trail
  • Solve the clues, find the pumpkins and win a Halloween treat.
  • Normal admission charge plus event fee.

Sun 25 Oct; 11am to 3pm    Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall

  • Pumpkin Fun Day (and ‘Measure Your Marrow’ competition)
  • Pumpkin crafts, food, facts and fun! Carve your own pumpkin lantern, have a go at pumpkin games and feast on pumpkin dishes in our tea room. Dads, this is your chance to measure the marrows you planted on Father’s Day and maybe win a prize!
  • Normal admission charge plus event fee

Sun 25 Oct    Washington Old Hall (in Tyne & Wear)

  • Food Hunt
  • Have a tour of the Gardens, collect berries and hazelnuts in the Nuttery then it’s off to the School Room to make jam and roasted nuts. Free entry to the gardens, normal house prices apply.
  • Normal admission charges only. Booking essential.

Wed 28 Oct    Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping (in North Yorkshire)

  • Family Foray
  • Use all your senses to explore the Bridestones Nature reserve on an interactive family guided walk.
  • Event fee applies. Booking essential.

Thu 29 Oct    Penrhyn Castle (in Gwynedd)

  • The Wartime Kitchen Family Day
  • A chance for families to explore the wartime kitchen.
  • Normal admission charges only

Fri 30 Oct; 12pm to 3.30pm    Dunham Massey (in Cheshire)

  • Pick your Pumpkins  … and bring them back to Dunham Massey’s garden for the eagerly awaited Pumpkin Prizes. Have you grown the largest or ugliest pumpkin? Have you carved the scariest pumpkin?
  • Lots of fun and games and prizes to be won!
  • Normal admission charge only

Sat 31 Oct; 6pm to 9pm    Blickling Hall, Garden & Park (in Norfolk)

  • Halloween Spooktacular!
  • Family Halloween event with spooky story telling and ghoulish happenings in the Hall and Garden. Children’s fancy dress competition and seasonal food in the Restaurant.
  • Event fee applies. Booking advisable.

Sat 31 Oct; 11am to 3pm    Overbeck’s, Devon

  • Pumpkin Trail
  • Fred the friendly ghost has been carving this year’s crop of Overbeck’s pumpkins. Join the trail and find out how you can grow a pumpkin for next year. Take part in our Pumpkin Beauty Contest – if you’ve been growing a pumpkin this year bring in a photo (with size and weight). The judges’ favourites will win a prize!
  • Normal admission charge plus event fee