DOZENS of traders will be heading to a popular Tenbury show in October, promising the perfect opportunity to start hunting for Christmas gifts.

Applications for stalls and demonstrations have come thick and fast for this year’s Applefest on Saturday, October 7, with more than 75 stalls confirmed for the event, which will take place just 78 days before Christmas.

In addition to the demonstrations, crafts, arts and food products, the refreshment zone will be offering roast pork, pizza, Indian street food, crepes, Afro-Caribbean, tea, coffee and cakes, and the main bar. There will also be three artisan cider makers.

A full day of family entertainment includes sets and performances from The Rotundas, an exciting traditional Black Country folk group, the Leominster Morris, the Tenbury Teme Valley Band and Mark Russell’s Solo Circus, Pearl Lake Ukulele Band, and Nick and Jane. The day will round off with Blue Moon, back by popular demand.

The Apple Marquee’s spectacular display of over 250 different apples by Frank Matthews forms the main attraction and an apple juicing service will be provided by Apple Teme (bring your apples and containers!).

The Marcher Apple Network, Tenbury Millennium Orchard and Frank Matthews will be pleased to discuss all matters “Apple”.

Children’s activities will include face painting and the Apple Trail. There will be a larger classic vehicle selection and attractions will include alpacas, Twit Twoo Falconry, Coolmoves Dance and Fitness, the Ludlow Beekeepers Association and willow weaving.

Access to the Burgage is either by the Malvern Hills District Council car park or the riverside path by Tesco. Disabled parking is available within the Malvern Hills car park and free all-day parking on the swimming pool car park and on Palmers Meadow. The event starts at 10am and runs to 4.30pm.

Tickets are available by cash only and priced at £5, with children under 16 free. Dogs are welcome but must be always kept on a lead.