This weekend myself and some best friends and our kids went over to lovely Harpenden to the Oval Apple Festival.
The Oval is a small private residential close, (in the shape of an oval, funnily enough), which is now run by a charitable, religious organisation called Youth With A Mission.
It was a totally magical day out. All age groups were there, frolicking in the autumn sunshine; playing archery, taking speedy tractor rides, apple bobbing, having hay fights and eating hog roast.
They open up their doors several times a year for different occasions, and they are in fact open most days as they have a lovely little cafe on site, as well as a church, residential apartment blocks, two schools, an apple orchard, farm land, playing fields and the gem was an old factory building. From the outside it looks like a scruffy old brick building but inside it’s a huge, old majestic, shabby wooden barn. It was decorated with bunting and old school apple games and filled with stalls of all home-made wares and goodies. A young folk band were entertaining us, which the kids were bustin’ some moves to. There was even a toffee-apple stall, one of my old fave treats!
This event was fantastic and the vibe was immeasurable. It was also free! We got their early and were the last to leave. When an event is planned with such love, care and thought, it is really felt in the atmosphere.
The verdict is….
Thanks for a really lovely and fun day out… We all wanted to move in by the time it finished!
Here are a couple of pics…
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Have a big, beautiful, eventful week..