Dallaway’s Cherry Orchards in Kent & East Sussex
Rent your own cherry tree at one of Dallaway’s cherry orchards and you’ll be invited to take part in the annual Cherry Blossom Walk before coming back later in the season, to pick your own cherries.
Do the cherry blossom walk at Dallaways cherry orchard in Kent
The cherry season is short-lived in Britain so it’s always something to celebrate. This is a wonderful activity for families as kids can come for the cherry blossom walk and then return later in the season to taste the cherries and pick them straight from from the tree.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Adopt your own cherry tree
- Do the cherry blossom walk
- Picnic in the orchard
- Pick and eat your own cherries
Visit The Garden of England
Known as the ‘Garden of England’, the Kent Downs are characterised by traditional orchards. It’s here that over 400 years ago, the Tudors grew plums, pears, apples and cherries. Originally introduced to Britain by the Romans, it was during Henry VIII’s reign that cherry groves were planted across Kent because cherries were a favourite fruit of Anne Boleyn. Each year for a short season, delicious cherries are the jewels in Kent’s culinary crown.
James Dallaway’s father planted cherry trees back in the 1980s so some of the trees in the orchard are now over 25 years old. Around 30 or so varieties are grown here including Merchant which is the first of the English season.
Adopt a Cherry Tree
James has taken an innovative approach to the orchard by inviting the public to ‘adopt a cherry tree’. It’s a concept that’s proved so popular there’s a waiting list for next year.
Do The Blossom Walk
Families are invited to the Blossom Weekend in late April where they can walk around the orchard, see the trees in bloom and the bees at work. They can bring a picnic to eat in the orchard or enjoy the hog roast and licensed bar. Local producers are also invited to take part in the weekend.
When the cherries come into season it heralds the start of the English summer. It’s a short season kicking off in June and lasting for around 5 or 6 weeks. Families are invited back to the orchard to pick their cherries by hand where they can taste their bounty before taking them home to make into a delicious cherry pie.
- Put your name on the waiting list if you’d like to adopt a cherry tree next year as the trees sell out quickly each year
- Alternatively, head for the annual Unami (Blossom) festival at the nearby Brogdale Collection
There are basically two types of cherry – the acidic ones which are usually used in cooking or the sweet variety that are good for desserts and baking.
WHERE TO STAY
The George in Rye – a gorgeous hotel with beautiful interiors, a cosy bar and fabulous restaurant in the heart of Rye. A great choice for a romantic foodie weekend.
The Gallivant Hotel at Camber Sands – A stylishly converted former motel with its own restaurant. Great for long walks along Camber Sands fantastic beach and for exploring Romney Marsh and nearby Rye.
Please ask the lovely people at Dallaway’s.