I’m a bit of a sucker for a cute local event.
A bit is an understatement.
I see flyers posted through the door, banner on fences or facebook events and I’m like – YES! Let’s go! And it’s in the family diary before anyone can say no.
Thankfully, Mike has got used to me now and I think has realised 9 times out of 10 the events are usually pretty lovely and worth being dragged along to. One of these events I discovered a few years ago was the ‘Lindley Apple Day’. Lindley is a lovely little village in West Yorkshire with a super quaint high street and lovely shops.
At the time, Holly was going to dance classes in Lindley and there was a flyer on the notice board about the ‘Apple Day’. So we popped it in the diary and off we went.
That was three years ago now.
We’ve been every year since.
The day is organised by Lindley residents Dave Kendall-Smith and Marie-Claire Micuta. I mean organised, they organise so much! There is always a fabulous trail around the village – this year all the clues were about different types of apples.
The local shops dress their windows to win the ‘best window’ competition and it really has a feeling of community. It’s not just a trail either, there are tons of games to play.
There are always some really lovely family games. Like apple bobbing… which is extremely hard! Have you tried bobbing for an apple recently? It’s impossible. Unless you like shoving your whole head in a bucket of water!
We played things like ‘pin the worm on the apple’, apple bean bag toss, made apple pigs and there’s an apple spiralizer to play with too. I want one of these now. It’s quality.
The whole event is celebrating the humble apple. There is an incredible apple pressing station and the fresh pressed apple juice is amazing! SO fresh! It’s worth stopping by just for a glass of this loveliness!
There is an ‘Ugly Apple Competition’ which we’ve entered every year. What a fabulous idea. Not celebrating the perfectly polished but the bumpy and lumpy. We find a huge, ugly apple and then make it even uglier with creepy eyes, screws or one year ‘vampire teeth’!
Holly won the first year we entered and was given a book voucher for the local book shop.
The whole event is so local! They don’t ask for donations or a fee, they just encourage you to spend money in the village and give back to the community. So of course we had to spend some time in the local cafe and get a unicorn milkshake – of course!
It was a need – not a want.
We’ll definitely be going back next year and finding an even uglier apple! Hurrah!