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Whimple Rocks - in aid of FORCE Cancer Charity - 16th July 2022

by Andy Parker

Live acts confirmed include.... Byzantium Lane, Dragonfly Club, Sarah Yeo, Kid Hyena with more to follow...

Our first 'Whimple Rocks' - in aid of FORCE Cancer Charity

New for 2022 - the inaugural 'Music Feast'. A chance for you to relax, eat, drink and enjoy the beautiful East Devon countryside whilst listening to some great local talent performing live on stage.

Wear what you feel comfortable in, bring your dancin' feet and enjoy Soul, Pop, Rock Covers and much more. Made all the better with a wonderful natural amphitheatre for all to enjoy the entertainment.

We can't wait to see you there and, importantly, making a difference to FORCE Cancer Charity by raising plenty of cash for them!

About the event

When: 16th July 2022

Event starts: 1pm Event close: 9pm

Licensed Bar and Hot and Cold Food served all day

There will be entertainment for the kids too!

A great day out for all the family surrounded by nature and music.


Tickets are £11 per person (12 years and over) - includes booking fee

Kids under 12 get in for free (when accompanied by an adult)

Tickets limited to 499. Tickets are non-refundable.



Well behaved dogs are permitted but must be on leads as we have live stock in the orchards.

Toilet and limited parking facilities.

You must register for a ticket to attend. If you register but can not attend, we'd really appreciate it if you could cancel your ticket so that someone else can enjoy the event (tickets are non-refundable).


Courtney's Orchards, The Old Orchards, Southbrook Lane, Whimple, EX5 2PD

50°45'41.0"N 3°23'20.5"W

View on Google Maps: Here

Location using what3words: themes.extreme.flattered.

Award Winning 'Courtney's Cider' makes its Parliament Debut!

by Andy Parker

We love our personal mention in the House of Commons yesterday. East Devon cider producers amongst the best in the world and firmly on the map!

A proud moment for all at Courtney's.

Open Orchard Days 17th & 18th Sept 2022 - with Apple Picking, Apple Pressing, Cider and Music

by Andy Parker

On 17th & 18th September 2022 our ancient Whimple Cider Orchard will be open to the public, where our range of ciders and juices are created. 

Following successful apple picking and open orchard events in 2021 we will once again be opening our ancient Whiteways orchard for you to explore, pick apples, press apples or simply relax with family and friends entertained by live music. Something different for all to enjoy.

The Courtney's of Whimple ancient cider orchard in Southbrook Lane, Whimple will be open to the public for two days (11am to 6pm).


From 11am - we will be offering an apple picking experience in the orchards.

From Noon - Pressing Apples! The opportunity to press some of the apples you have collected from the orchard. Alternatively, bring your own apples with you and create your own fresh juice using our equipment (note: charge £1 per kg - bring your own vessels for juice or we will provide free of charge).

From 1pm - Live music from the orchard

All day - Courtney's Drinks including cocktails, our prize-winning ciders and soft drinks from our cider bar.

All day - Hot and cold refreshments available all day.


Tickets are £6 per person per day which includes a FREE alcoholic or soft drink from the bar. Tickets are not required for children under 4 years of age. Tickets are non-refundable.



Grab a cider and a pasty, throw down a blanket and relax in the beautiful East Devon countryside.


Enjoy the apple picking and pressing experience.


All in all - a cracking day out in the fresh air at a local family business in East Devon.


Courtney's Orchards, The Old Orchards, Southbrook Lane, Whimple, EX5 2PD

50°45'41.0"N 3°23'20.5"W

View on Google Maps: Here

Location using what3words: themes.extreme.flattered.

How do bees make honey?

by paul Courtnyes

Have you ever wondered how bees make honey?

Step 1:

The worker bees will land inside or close to the flower and suck the nectar out using her proboscis (tongue) and collect in it a little sac called a crop or other wise known as a honey stomach. 

Step 2:

When her nectar sac is full, the honeybee will return to the hive. The worker bee will then pass the nectar to a hive bee by regurgitating the liquid into the hive bees mouth.

Step 3:

The worker bee will fly off and continue to collect nectar again whilst the hive bee deposits the nectar into a honeycomb. 

Initially the honey stored in the cells is still a bit wet, so the bees fan their wings over it, which helps the water to evaporate.  After some time, the water content is reduced to around 17%. 

Step 4:

When most of the water has evaporated from the honeycomb, the bee seals the comb with a secretion of liquid from its abdomen, which eventually hardens into beeswax. This process is a little bit like putting a lid on a jar.

During one bees lifetime, it will only make around 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey. To make a whole pound of honey, the worker bees need to fly 50,000 miles and visit about 2 million flowers.

So the next time you have a trickle of honey over your porridge or over your pancakes, appreciate all the hard work bees have put into making it.

Bee friendly plants to sow this summer

by paul Courtnyes

Give bees a helping hand by planting flowers, shrubs and trees that will provide them with the nectar and pollen they need to thrive, as well as nesting habitats.

Early Summer FlowersLate Summer Flowers
Hardy geranium
Dahlia (single-flowered)
Globe thistle
Verbena bonariensis

Other things to consider:

- Plant through the seasons to provide year-round bee habitat

- Give bees shelter by letting the grass grow

- Don't use pesticides or insecticides 

- Use peat-free compost to save wildlife habitat

- Create a bee hotel.

Our bees are not only important to us at Courtney's because they produce our incredible honey we use to infuse Grumblebee Rum, they also pollinate all of the apple trees in our orchard where we make our Cider and Juice! 

Lambs playing in the Orchard

by paul Courtnyes

Courtney's Orchard & Cider Open Day - 26th & 27th June 2021

by Andy Parker

We are back! After a successful orchard open day last year, we have finally got more dates for you to come and explore our ancient Whiteways orchards.

Why not grab a cider and a pasty, throw down a picnic blanket and relax.


Take a seat at one of our picnic benches located throughout the orchard. Perfect for social distancing.

Outside Cider Bar open for refreshments along with local pasties and tubs of ice-cream.

  • We will be serving cider, cocktails and soft drinks from our open air cider bar.
  • Why not take a break on your walk or cycle round the block to relax in the orchards with a refreshing drink.
  • Well behaved dogs on leads and responsible owners only, as we have sheep grazing in the orchards.
  • Limited toilet and parking facilities.
  • You must register for a ticket to attend. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket so that someone else may come.

Courtney's create a range of ciders and juices from our orchards. Everything we do is natural. We handpick, press and bottle within the orchard. We don't use harmful chemicals or fertilisers, just letting nature do what she does best. Our range of ciders available include traditional, fruit and low alcohol. We also make Gin & Honey Rum which will be available to try or take away.

How to find us:

Courtney's Orchards, The Old Orchards, Southbrook Lane, Whimple, EX5 2PD

50°45'41.0"N 3°23'20.5"W

View on Google Maps:

Your SatNav may take you to a neighbouring farm. Please follow signs from the main road into Southbrook lane. We are 1 mile from the main road just past the railway bridge.

A short walk or cycle from Cranbrook, Whimple, Broadclyst and Rockbeare.

Extra info:

We keep beehives on the orchard to pollinate our trees. Please keep a reasonable distance away from them as they are very busy bees.

New Luxury Truffles

by paul Courtnyes

We have been working with a local chocolatier to create luxury truffles infused with our gin, rum & honey.

This is something we have always wanted to do and we couldn't be happier with the results.

We have 4 varieties available:

The Exe Gin with White Chocolate & Lemon

The Exe Gin with Milk Chocolate & Orange

Grumblebee Rum & Dark Chocolate

Grumblebee Honey with Milk Chocolate

We love it when things just work and these combinations are absolute incredible.

To shop truffles, click HERE

Courtneys Orchard Wassail 2021

by paul Courtnyes
Every January, we would usually attend our local village Wassail, but covid...

So this year we had our own family wassail in our orchards.

We blessed the trees, drank mulled cider and scared off the evil spirits in the trees (probably with our singing alone, we may need a but more practise for next year). If you have a fruit tree in your garden, why not lively up an otherwise dull January by having your own at home wassail?

Get the family involved and join in our this ancient tradition.

Extreme Apple Bobbing?

by paul Courtnyes

No, this isn't our very extreme version of apple bobbing (although it is the season for it). This is just how we get our apples ready for crushing.