Our annual Harvest Festival is a wonderful way to celebrate the variety of autumnal fare available at this time of year, give thanks for the season’s abundance and connect with nature before winter closes in.

On Saturday 23rd September we will be doing just that with our annual Harvest Festival at our COTSWOLDS FARM. Offering a whole host of educational, delicious and fun activities for the whole family, it always makes for a fantastic day out. Scroll down for more information and see here for some of our favourite photos from last year.


Date: Saturday 23rd September

LOCATION: Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG

TIMINGS: 10am-5pm

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Food, glorious food

Taking centre stage this year is our Honey Show, in honour of the bounty produced by our beehives at Daylesford. The bees work hard all summer to pollinate the wildflowers and other crops on our organic farm, and we are grateful for every golden drop of honey.

Head Gardener Jez and his team will be on hand to guide you through a taste journey of seasonal raw vegetables, salad leaves and other treats from the Market Garden.

Our talented artisan producers will be out in force offering insight into the delicious, award-winning food at Daylesford – and plenty of samples.

The Cookery School will be hosting demonstrations throughout the festival, including preserving and fermenting foods – a great opportunity to learn the best ways to stock up for winter. Find the full schedule of demonstrations here.

The farmshop café and Old Spot bar will be open all day, serving special Harvest dishes and cocktails to eat in and take away.

Activities for all ages

To inspire your creative flair, head to our Garden Workshop for floral headdress making and be sure to visit Amber Locke’s amazing Fruit, Vegetable and Flower live art installation.

Try your hand at traditional harvest activities, from apple bobbing, using an old-fashioned press to make delicious apple juice and knotting onion strings.

We will be making the most of the great outdoors with pony rides, JCB ride-ons and traditional country games.

Wildwise will be setting up a tent to host a Nature Museum and Quiz all day, plus a packed schedule:

10.30-11.30 – Earthwalk

10.30-11am: Nature Games

11-12am: Blobsters

12-12.30 – Storytelling: ‘Tales from the Wild’

12.30-1pm: Firecraft demo

1.15- 1.45pm Storytelling: ‘Tales from the Wild’

2pm: Shelter-building

2.30-3pm: Nature Games

3-3.30pm: Firecraft demo

3-4pm: Blobsters

4pm: Hunting Party

 

Fun competitions

We will be hosting plenty of vegetable and chutney competitions – not to mention a scarecrow challenge!

Entry is open to all ages and the winners of each category will receive prizes of seasonal treats from Daylesford.

BEST HARVEST VEGETABLE: judged on size, form & quality

BEST CHUTNEY: judged by Carole Bamford, Jez Taylor Head of Daylesford Market Garden & Rose Prince

BEST STRAWBERRY JAM: judged by Carole Bamford, Jez Taylor Head of Daylesford Market Garden & Rose Prince

LARGEST PUMPKIN

BEST CARVED PUMPKIN

BEST ANIMAL COLLAGE MADE FROM SEEDS & PULSES

To enter, please email MICHOLE.JEYNES@DAYLESFORD.COM as soon as possible with your name and the category/categories you would like to enter. Please bring your chosen vegetable and/or chutney to the Daylesford Harvest Festival Competition Tent in the Market Garden at our Harvest Festival on Saturday 23rd September between 10 – 11am. Judging will take place at 3:30pm.

 

THE COUNTRY BROCANTE

The Country Brocante will be back again for the Harvest Festival, so visitors can browse antiques and unique homeware pieces at their leisure. For more information, opening hours and entrance fees please click here.

Special guests

We look forward to welcoming some fantastic guest chefs to our cookery demonstration tent.

10.00 – 11.00: The Good Gut Guide, a drop in session with our resident nutritionist Rhaya Jordan

11.00 – 11.45: Alex Hely Hutchingson of 26 Grains does Autumn porridge with a twist

12.15 – 1.00: Avoiding waste and getting more from your food with Alexandra Dudley

1.30 – 2.15: Rose Prince cooks with venison, berries and hero ingredients from the Market Garden

2.45 – 3.30: Mira Manek, author of Saffron Soul puts together her favourite Indian feast 

4.00 – 4.45: Amber Locke of Raw Vegan Blonde on inspiring Autumn salads

Farm & Field

This year the Harvest Festival is a pedestrian zone, so you can walk freely through the whole farm site.

Meet our animals on the farm, pop into our Dairy Barn to hear talks on a variety of topics relating to organic food, wellness and Harvest, and marvel at a display of farm equipment.

Wander down to our paddocks for sheepdog demonstrations, and join in with Crayfishing and Foraging.

Bamford Barn and Haybarn Spa

Visit the “From Land to Craft” exhibition in the Bamford Barn, featuring six pieces of naturally hand-dyed linen evoking the atmosphere and essence of the Daylesford estate, by East London-based artist and textile designer Ellie Williams.

There will also be a “make your own herbal infusion” stand, where guests can create their own personal blend of essential oils to suit their mood and preferences.

Children can join onto our Bamford Busy Bee trail, which starts and ends in the Fountain Courtyard and takes in key sites around Daylesford farm.

The Haybarn Spa will be hosting a free yoga class at the large studio at 1:30pm, as well as giving complimentary hand massages throughout the day.