Rich pickings at country estate’s apple harvest celebration

At Lotherton Hall (left to right) Elias Juan Hamlin,Kai Hamilton and Oscar Roberts, all from Garforth, are shown with the apples they have picked. Picture by Simon Hulme.

At Lotherton Hall (left to right) Elias Juan Hamlin,Kai Hamilton and Oscar Roberts, all from Garforth, are shown with the apples they have picked. Picture by Simon Hulme.

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An apple harvest celebration has proved the pick of the weekend’s events for thousands of visitors today.

A fruit-filled fun day at the Lotherton Hall Estate, in Aberford, attracted families from far and wide who both plucked apples fresh from the six-acre orchard and tasted apple cider and juice made on site.

On an overcast yet humid Sunday afternoon crowds flocked to the east Leeds country house for everything from an ‘apple and spoon’ race and garden games to circus workshops and music from the Yorkshire Brass Quartet to celebrate the start of the apple harvest.

The delicious day of events made the most of the estate’s much-loved orchard, which has blossomed over seven years to feature over 200 trees that cover around 90 varieties of old English apples.

Andy Green, farm and gardens manager at Lotherton Hall, said: “It’s been nothing but a success today, there’s been loads of people here picking apples – they’ve all had a great time.

“Lotherton Hall is a great place to be at the moment, there’s been an awful lot of good work done here.”

He said additions to the estate such as playground equipment, bird watching facilities, new paths and its growing orchard are helping to attract thousands of visitors on a regular basis.

The venue’s servant’s hall will host the work of Ilkley-based artist Kevin Dixon from September 25. Dixon’s exhibition includes around 30 new oil paintings covering sights from Wharfedale in Yorkshire to Venice in Italy.

The Edwardian house and country estate also houses collections of decorative arts and a fashion gallery.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for culture and skills, added: “A lot of work has also been undertaken on the estate, and after visiting our orchard and bird garden, why not take a relaxing walk to our fantastic deer park.”

Visit www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall for information.

SET FOR A FASHION REVAMP

The historic Lotherton Hall is all set to undergo a large-scale revamp that will see it become a major museum of fashion and textiles next year.

A 21st Century gallery space with modern cases, lighting and technology that will allow for film and sound installations which will be complimented by a new lift at the refurbished country house.

The new gallery, which will open with an ‘Age of Glamour’ exhibition of 1950s fashions, will launch in March next year.

The venue’s exhibition space is showcasing the ‘Dressed for Battle’ display that includes an original Alexander McQueen coat until its closure for refurbishment on September 28.

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