A living gene bank with over 4,000 varieties of apples, pears, plums, cherries, cobnuts, currants and quinces, the site tries very hard to please everyone, and in doing so misses the mark.
The miniature railway was very enjoyable, but there is a small £1 charge for this, which is great value for money as the ride itself was a very decent length, doing two full circuits, seeing a lot of the orchards. Staff dress the part, there is a ticket office and tickets are clipped before departure. Whilst waiting for our train my two young boys enjoyed learning about trains from the staff and playing in the wooden play area directly opposite the station. The restaurant provides full waiter service and whilst being waited on is quaint, it is a little too much for most visiting families just looking for a quiet site down and cup of tea. There is a site down wagon, pulled by a tractor which gives a good tour of the site, during which the on-board guide gave a good presentation on the history, and interesting things to look at. Within the grounds there is also Brogdale Farm, a working fruit farm. The ‘venue’, which is actually a cluster of different businesses and shops, with very reasonable supermarket prices for fresh produce.
Brogdale is the biggest collection of fruit trees in the world and its history is really interesting, but it doesn't know its audience, which is a real shame.
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