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Sussex Cider Experiences, Tours and Events in the Orchard - with local cider heroes Bignose & Beardy

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Described by Steve (Beardy) and Phil (Bignose) as an out of control hobby, Bignose & Beardy Cider is a wonderful local success story. Now producing 7000 litres of cider a year, as well as vinegars and other products, these local heroes are friendly neighbours to the Vacationist Cabin. A brisk walk across the fields, and down some criss-crossed paths, their cidery on the farm is a great place to visit for tours, tastings and events.  

The Sussex Cider Experience: Cidery Tour & Tastings (Summer)

Enjoy a cider tasting and tour at Bignose & Beardy’s beautiful East Sussex orchard and cidery

Each tour with Bignose & Beardy includes…

  • A tour of the orchard, seeing the trees, how they grow and produce apples for cider
  • A hands on tour of the cidery, seeing the press, tanks and other facilities used to make our cider
  • A tutored tasting and history of all our ciders sitting out among the apple trees (or in the cidery if it is wet)

Bignose & Beardy, often to be found at Sussex cider festivals, make some of the best cider in Sussex. Their real vintage Sussex cider and vinegar uses local waste fruit and their ciders are wild fermented, slow matured, unfiltered and unpastuerised. They produce small batches which change in profile with each year, depending on the source of the apples and the weather. Everything is done by hand and ciders mature for at least a year and often longer, resulting in complex flavours. Specialties are Eastern Counties or New World in style, fresh, acidic, fruity, floral and delicious.

Dates for 2024: 3rd May; 31stMay; 28th June; 19th July; 6th September. Or email us when you book your Vacationist stay and we may be able to make a special booking for your dates. Just ask! These are some of the most unique cider experiences in Sussex.

£80 for private tour

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Pop-up Cider Taps, Summer

Join others in the orchard on the farm for a pop up celebration and tasting of Bignose & Beardy’s full range of Sussex ciders. Set in the beautiful Sussex countryside at the cidery, They’ll be serving ciders and nibbles to the sound of live music.

Relax and make new friends, enjoying summer evenings with a traditional Sussex cider. The tap starts at 1800 and runs to 2230. All our ciders are wild fermented, slow matured, unfiltered and unpasteurised and they are delicious.

There is parking available in the field and sophisticated soft drinks for drivers. For those ready to indulge, you can walk from the cabin in about 25 minutes.

2024 dates: 3rd May; 31st May; 28th June; 19th July; 6th September. 1800 start. Tickets on their website. 

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Local apples, local people, local produce: amazing cider!

Described by Steve (Beardy) and Phil (Bignose) as an out of control hobby, Bignose & Beardy Cider is a wonderful local success story. Now producing 7000 litres of cider a year, as well as vinegars and other products, these local heroes are friendly neighbours to the Vacationist Cabin. A brisk walk across the fields, and down some criss-crossed paths, their cidery on the farm is a great place to visit for apple orchard tours, Sussex cider experiences and craft cider tasting

sussex cider trails

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Pop-up Cider Taps (Summer)

Join others in the orchard on the farm for a pop up celebration and tasting of Bignose & Beardy’s full range of Sussex ciders. Set in the beautiful Sussex countryside at the cidery, They’ll be serving ciders and nibbles to the sound of live music.

Relax and make new friends, enjoying summer evenings with a traditional Sussex cider. The tap starts at 1800 and runs to 2230. All our ciders are wild fermented, slow matured, unfiltered and unpasteurised and they are delicious.

There is parking available in the field and sophisticated soft drinks for drivers. For those ready to indulge, you can walk from the cabin in about 25 minutes.

2024 dates: 3rd May; 31st May; 28th June; 19th July; 6th September. 1800 start. Tickets on their website. 

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Tasty spreads at the B&B Farm

Taster Packs, Hampers & Other Goodies

We can arrange to have some goodies waiting for you. Cider and chocolate pairing packs, full Sussex hampers with an apply twist or two, or home mulled cider kits. 

Ask us when you book and we can organise for you. Or have a look here to get your taste buds primed!

Sussex cider tours with accommodation

Teaming up with B&B and their Sussex apple orchard tours and cider tasting events, puts the Vacationist Cabin firmly on the Sussex Cider Trail. You can walk to the Bignose & Beardy cider farm straight from the cabin. We’ll provide you a map so you can meander through the local country lanes and paths, direct to the best cider in Sussex. 

 

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