Course Tutor 

Alan Berry of Blackmore Vale Cider.

Alan’s cider is sold through local farm shops, pubs and clubs and it does well at local shows. Most recently, he was named Supreme Cider Champion at the British Cider Championship held at the Bath and West Show in June 2016 with his medium cider, beating 600 other competitors – a once in a life time achievement. In 2015 at the Mid-Somerset Show 2015 he was named Somerset Cider Champion while in 2014 at the Bath and West Show his medium farmhouse cider gained a second prize, his sweet farmhouse cider was very highly commended and he was delighted that his cider was voted the People’s Choice from a blind tasting by members of the public over the three days of the show. You can read more about Alan and his cider making business here.

What you will learn

This is a three-hour  workshop. The session starts at Empire Farm, where Alan introduces you to the basics of making cider – the different types of apples, and the equipment you will need. Then we drive to Alan’s workshop on the other side of the village, where you can see his orchard and equipment. He demonstrates the whole process including the preparation of the fruit, followed by milling and pressing. Everybody has a chance to join in and help.  Then we return to the farm for the final Q and A session and afternoon tea and cake.



Cider making can get a bit mucky, so we provide aprons. However, you are advised to wear old clothes. Everybody gets to take away a set of notes.

Morning workshops run from 9.30 to 12.30, with arrival from 9.15am and afternoon workshops start at 2pm (arrival 1.45) and finish at 5 pm. The price includes all tuition and refreshments.


Saturday 20 October  2 – 5 pm £45 incl vat Buy tickets here


Blackmore Vale Cider

Alan sells his cider and apple juice in local farm shops, pubs and to clubs and societies etc  as well as to individuals. If you would like to buy some of Alan’s cider or apple juice please contact him on