More than 3,000 nature-lovers flocked to Thornham at the weekend for the first Harvest Moon Festival and the annual Apple Day celebrations at Drove Orchards.
Visitors enjoyed everything from hedgehog talks to scariest scarecrow competitions at the village’s first eco-friendly festival while families headed to the orchards to pick and taste the apples for the annual celebration.
Susan Hall, estate manager for Drove Orchards, said: “The weekend went remarkably well. We were really pleased with the numbers that came along.
“We had around 250 people come to the Russian tea sessions to watch the ladies perform barefoot ballet, mime and storytelling in the orchard. We set up a marquee to be used as a Russian tea room.”
The Russian tea ladies performed the traditional tea ceremony from a village called Kolomna, which is known for it’s delicacy – apple pastila.
Susan said: “Everyone really enjoyed it and thought it was a very unexpected, but lovely experience.”
There was live music, a barbecue, children’s activities, wildlife talks with guest speakers, as well as a chance to pick your own fruit in the orchard, including the heritage orchard which has varieties from all over East Anglia, tastings and a craft market.
Susan said: “Some of the people visiting the orchard came for the whole weekend which was great.
“We are trying to get Drove Orchards on the map for families visiting the area to come and learn about farming and nature.”