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The Big Pick - Open Orchard Days - Apple Picking, Pressing, Cider and Music

by Andy Parker

The Big Pick - Open Orchard Days - Apple Picking, Pressing, Cider and Music

BACK FOR 2023 - 23rd & 24th September 2023

Part of the 16 day Taste East Devon Festival.

Our ancient Whiteways orchard will be opened again for you to explore, relax with family and friends and be entertained by live music. Enjoy the Courtneys Cider making experience by helping with this year's harvest of cider apples. There is also the opportunity to bring your own apples to press using our crushing and pressing equipment to create your own natural apple juice (max 10kgs per person).

The 'Courtney's of Whimple' ancient cider orchard in Southbrook Lane, Whimple will be open to the public for two days (11am to 5pm).


Apple Picking - Join in the Courtneys Cider making experience by helping to harvest this year’s apple crop. Explore and relax in our ancient orchards, experiencing nature at its finest.

Apple Pressing - The opportunity to press apples you have brought with you to create your own fresh juice or press the apples you have picked from the orchard (note: charge £2 per kg - bring your own vessels for juice or we will provide free of charge).

Live Music - will be played from the Orchard at various times on both days.

Bar - Experience the Courtney's Drinks range including cocktails, our prize-winning ciders and soft drinks from our cider bar. New for 2023 - Sparkling Apple Juice and Courtney's Cloudy Cider.

Refreshments - Hot and cold refreshments will be available all day.


Grab a cider and a pasty, throw down a blanket and relax in the beautiful East Devon countryside and enjoy our picking and pressing experience with live music.

A cracking day out in the fresh air at a local family business in East Devon.


Adults £6 per person, Under 16s £1, Under 2s FREE. (Please note: Prices are per day. Tickets are non-refundable). Buy tickets HERE.


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

Limited parking facilities (we would encourage those that are close to walk or cycle, if possible).

You must register for a ticket to attend. If you register but are unable to attend, please cancel your ticket so that someone else may come. (tickets are non-refundable).

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


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

View on Google Maps: Here

Your Sat Nav may take you to a neighbouring farm. Our orchard is on 'Southbrook Lane' just past the railway bridge. 1 mile from the old A30.

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


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

Whimple Orchards and Silly Cow Cider - both GOLD winners at the 2023 Japan Cider Cup!

Full range of Courtney's Drinks HERE.


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