Back in the Spring we visited the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale in Kent to see the amazing display of fruit blossom. As we were relatively nearby today we popped back along to see how the fruit was getting along.
The sheer number and variety of different apples on the trees at the moment was eye-popping. We were happy to be able to pick up a pack of Brogdale-grown apples in the shop, an unusual and mouth watering variety which I should have noted the name of because we have eaten the evidence.
We also got a bottle of single variety apple juice made from Bramley apples grown and pressed at Brogdale, which tasted exactly like really expensive cloudy lemonade and lasted about five minutes flat after the kids got hold of it.
Walking around the collections of fruit we were really happy to find a weather science area, which was perfect timing as we have
been looking at the weather on our Mystery Science subscription. The boys had a fun time trying out the human sun dial and playing with the measuring station.
It’s well worth taking a look at Brogdale’s calendar of events as with a small play park, a miniature railway running on scheduled days through the year and an entry ticket that allows return visits it’s a lovely day out for families, especially those looking to explore topics such as how fruit grows and selective breeding of commercial crops. Each information board has a section for kids, and tours are available daily with an expert who will be happy to answer all your little scientist’s questions.
Note: I have no affiliation with Brogdale, I was a normal paying visitor, opinions and images are my own. Facilities include toilets, café, seasonally open fruit shop, plant nursery. The site is flat and paths are generally ok for prams and wheelchairs, but with uneven ground and rabbit holes along edges of orchards so you need to watch your step.