Weather fun at Brogdale Collections

Weather fun at Brogdale Collections

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.

How do you like them apples?
How do you like them apples?

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

human sundial
human sundial

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.





weather station
weather 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.


  • Plutonium Sox

    12th August 2017 at 7:54 pm Reply

    This sounds like a brilliant day out, there’s nothing better than freshly picked apples, we have some at the moment from the apple tree of someone you and I both went to school with!! The human sundial looks like great fun too.

    • admin

      15th August 2017 at 8:00 am Reply

      Are they from our mutual allotment guru? We’re looking forward to trying the first apples from the micro tree we planted out last year (Ollie erm ‘harvested’ last year’s apples a little early)

  • Fiona Cambouropoulos

    12th August 2017 at 9:35 pm Reply

    I love the look of this. We have weather experiments coming up on Country Kids next week, I am totally taken with that human sun dial and wondering if I can recreate something similar here. Sadly it rained for our last weather studies so we made rain gauges instead but I am full of ideas for another go with older children. A great time of year to be visiting Brogdale for the apples, I’m not surprised the apple juice didn’t last long.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • admin

      15th August 2017 at 7:59 am Reply

      We subscribe to online Science lessons and they had a lovely cloud spotter guide and another lesson about shadows which fit in nicely with the things at Brogdale 🙂

  • Becky Day

    14th August 2017 at 6:17 pm Reply

    Human Sundial is an amazing idea! Freshly pressed apple juice sounds divine! #countrykids

    • admin

      15th August 2017 at 7:57 am Reply

      Delicious 🙂

  • Matt

    15th August 2017 at 8:08 pm Reply

    Apple juice was good but cider is better!

    • admin

      16th August 2017 at 6:49 pm Reply

      i don’t think we would have made it round the orchards if we drank a bottle of cider as quickly as we drank the apple juice 🙂

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