The popular festival, kindly sponsored by Islands, celebrates Jersey’s rich heritage of cider production and our Island's vibrant community. Set amongst the beautiful grounds at Hamptonne, the festival brings together communities, volunteers and (of course) apple and cider experts.
The annual event, taking place on the weekend of 20th and 21st October will include live music, creative activities, dance, local food and produce, competitions, poetry and Genuine Jersey stalls. The Great Jersey Bake Off will take place again this year, bake and bring your favourite apple cake along to be in a chance to win the much-coveted Grande Gâchinn’nie Jèrriaise apron in 2018.
This year, Jersey Heritage has announced that there will be no parking onsite, apart from disabled parking. Following a summer of hot weather and little rainfall, the fields that would normally be used for parking are needed by local farmers. Community Event Curator, Nicky Lucas, said, ‘The farmers need their fields and we wouldn’t be staying true to our values not to support them. The cider festival is a celebration of Jersey’s farming community as well as Jersey’s cider production – we think this year is an opportunity to encourage a greener approach to travelling to the festival.’ Jersey Heritage would like to encourage those that can to bus, bike, car share or walk to the festival. Jersey Heritage will also be running regular, free ‘Apple Bus’ services to and from Millbrook, where those that need to drive, can leave their car, significantly reducing the congestion in the quiet country lanes of St Lawrence.
The organisation also calls on visitors to bring their own cider cups, to help reduce the amount of plastic waste and support a greener festival. Bamboo cider cups will be available to buy at the festival and Jersey Heritage
will be using paper cups this year at their own stalls. Coronation Park / Millbrook is serviced by several bus stops, giving people a good range of access. Four fortyseater buses will run between Millbrook and the festival. Disabled parking will be available at Hamptonne. There will be an area at Hamptonne to leave bikes. For more information and updates regarding transport to the festival – CLICK HERE.