The Cider Museum
The Cider Museum is housed in an original cidermaking factory and looks at the whole cidermaking industry, worldwide, from its earliest beginnings through to the mass production methods of today. Visitors can explore original cider cellars and view cidermaking equipment, a cooper’s workshop and a vat house.
Learn about the history of cider making – how the apples were milled and pressed and how the resulting juice was fermented to produce cider. Listen to oral history recordings and watch vintage film. Admire a rare collection of English lead crystal cider glasses dating from the 18th Century onwards and 19th Century watercolours of cider apples and perry pears.
The original Champagne cellars reveal racks of bottles where the “Methode Champagnoise” (a bottle fermentation process used in French Champagne production) was first applied to cider in 1905. The hydraulic presses, vat house and bottling machinery date from the late 19th Century.
A programme of activities and temporary exhibitions is arranged throughout the year including the Annual Cidermaking Festival when there will be demonstrations of traditional cidermaking, coopering and blacksmithing along with beekeeping and morris dancing. A fun day out for all the family with games and activities for children.
Opening Times: Opening times: April-October – Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
November-March – Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm
Open Bank Holiday weekends
Photo Credits: © Copyright Cider Museum
For further information please visit: http://www.cidermuseum.co.uk