Families enjoy Apple Festival in Denmead

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  • Denmead held its annual Apple Festival over the weekend
  • Families enjoyed apple bobbing, listening to live music and decorating apples
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BOBBING for apples, trying apple juice and listening to live entertainment were all enjoyed at a village festival.

Denmead hosted its second Apple Festival and families from the area visited to try the different activities.

Guy Banning, seven, and Cecilia Banning, two, with apple juice ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151547-205)

Guy Banning, seven, and Cecilia Banning, two, with apple juice ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151547-205)

Organised by Winchester City Council and supported by businesses in Denmead, the festival on Saturday was a huge success.

Children were able to make apple juice using a fruit press machine, make faces using apples and other fruit and take part in an obstacle course.

Simon Scruton, from Bedhampton, visited with his daughter Katrina who entered a crumble into the baking competition.

The six-year-old cooked it with her grandma who lives in Denmead.

It has been really nice to come along

Simon Scruton

Katrina said: ‘I like baking and enjoyed making the crumble.

‘I also got to bob for apples which was hard. I liked trying the apple juice.’

Simon said it was an enjoyable day out for the family.

‘It has been really nice to come along,’ he said.

‘This is the first time we have been here and it was lovely.

‘It is fun for the kids and it was nice for Katrina to enter the competition and cook with her nana.’

The festival was the idea of Janine Pert, from Denmead store Discover Wines, and has grown from last year with more businesses getting involved. Organiser Heidi Isa, from Winchester council, said she hopes to see the festival grow.

She said: ‘This year is bigger than last year but we still want to keep it small and for the community.

‘Everyone seemed to have a lovely time and the baking competition and the apple-decorating was great.’