Seasonal celebrations bring conker contest and autumn crafts to Teesdale (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Seasonal celebrations bring conker contest and autumn crafts to Teesdale
CONKERS will be smashed, apples will be pressed and all manner of fruit and vegetables will be pickled and preserved at a North-East nature reserve next week.
The Bowlees Visitor Centre’s harvest time event, on Saturday, October 19, will feature the first Big Bowless Conker Competition, with children and the young at heart invited to compete at 12.30pm.
Sarah Kelly, development officer at the Upper Teesdale visitor centre, said: “In recent years the game of conkers seems to have fallen by the wayside but we have so many strewn around the area that we really should be making the most of them.
People who we’ve mentioned the competition to are already recalling their days as school conker champions.
“We’d love to get people of all ages taking part but we really want to reintroduce the game to younger players.”
Other attractions include: a jam and marmalade-making contest, which will be judged by Jon Dunn, who runs Cafe1618@Bowlees at the centre; a bakery competition to discover the best hand-made wholemeal loaf; a butter churning demonstration; an autumn-themed recipe swap; children’s craft activities; a hedgerow harvesting and pickling master class; and an apple press.
Jam and bread makers can enter their produce from 9am until 11am on the day.
Donations of spare windfall apples for the press are also sought and can be dropped off at the visitor centre, which is run by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership and is open from 9am until 6pm everyday.
Alternatively, call 01833-622145 to see if collection can be arranged
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