14 best things to do at Dunkertons Cider this autumn

Featuring barn dances, Halloween tarot readings and a quiz night with one of ITV's top Chasers, don't miss Dunkertons' autumn programme of events, live music and cidery tours for October and November 2023.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
Liven up autumn with events, live music and unmissable experiences at Dunkertons Park.
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Dunkertons Organic Cider

Founded in Herefordshire in 1980, Dunkertons has been producing organic cider and perry for over 40 years – pressing, fermenting and bottling its award-winning ciders at its home in Charlton Kings. Its dynamic Tap Room bar hosts live music, events and exclusive street food vendors, as well as cidery tours and masterclasses.

See in the harvest season at Cheltenham's organic cidery and taproom, with everything from apple-themed weekends to Halloween parties to look forward to at Dunkertons Park this autumn.

From DJ takeovers in the Tap Room, to going up against one of ITV's Chasers at a quiz night with a twist, SoGlos rounds up just some of the most unmissable events and highlights happening this season...

Celebrate National Apple Day Weekend

Championing the glorious fruit that makes its award-winning cider, Dunkertons is extending the National Apple Day celebrations to a whole weekend — combining traditional apple pressing with live music, barbecue tastings and Rugby World Cup screenings on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 2023. With plenty of apple-infused drinks to sip on, Dunkertons' street food eateries are also serving up a range of apple-themed specials, too.

The event is free to attend and open all day.

Beat the Chaser at an exclusive quiz night

Team up with the brainiest person you know and see if you can take on TV mastermind, Mark Labbett — best known for outsmarting contestants as 'The Beast' on ITV's The Chase. Tackle six rounds of challenging trivia, music and visual questions in this exclusive event from Not Your Average Quiz Night, coming to Dunkertons on Thursday 26 October 2023.

Tickets cost £30 per pair, including the chance to meet Labbett and snap a pic!

Find your zen with a yoga brunch

Start the day with a moment of calm, joining yoga instructor Evelyn Cribbin for a Vinyasa Flow class set to musical beats, taking place in the Tap Room every Tuesday at 9.30am. There's the option to refuel with a nutritious Rainbowls smoothie bowl and herbal tea or juice after class, too.

Sessions cost £10 for just yoga, while the £25 option includes a smoothie bowl and drink of your choice.

Dress up for a spooktacular Halloween party

The scarier, the better! Come dressed in your most haunting get-up for a Spooky Spidery Halloween Party at Dunkertons on Saturday 28 October 2023. Do the Monster Mash to spooky songs performed by The Mark Walby Band and embrace your supernatural side, with prizes up for grabs for the best costumes.

Tickets cost £12.50 per person and the event starts at 6pm.

Get a tarot reading on Halloween

Connect with the divine at Dunkertons' Halloween Tarot Enchantment event, hosted by clairvoyant Louis Mander. See the celebrated psychic interact with the spirit world and learn to embrace your own intuition on none other than All Hallows' Eve, Tuesday 31 October 2023.

Tickets for this unique experience cost just £5!

Experience autumn cidery tours

Famous for its organic cider, Dunkertons runs regular guided cidery tours and tastings to show you just how its award-winning product is made. Follow the process from bud to bottle, hearing all about its history and seeing where the magic happens, before settling down for a fully-tutored cheese and cider tasting — pairing organic cheese, artisan chutneys and freshly baked bread with Dunkertons organic ciders.

Tours cost £25 per person.

Get a taste of Cornwall in the Cotswolds

Get lost in Cornish landscapes, culture and heritage at this immersive photography exhibition, showcasing the very best of Cornwall right here in Gloucestershire. Enjoy a barbecue seafood demonstration and creative networking opportunities, with all proceeds donated to The Fishermen's Mission.

Cornwall in the Cotswolds takes place on Friday 3 November 2023 from 11am. Tickets cost £10.

Join the Harvest Barn Dance

Pull on your cowboy boots and dance the do-si-do as Dunkertons welcomes talented fiddlers, Ceilidh Tree, back for an evening of live music and barn dancing on Saturday 4 November 2023. With a caller to guide you through the steps, even the most reticent participants will be line dancing in no time! 

Tickets cost £10 and doors open from 6pm.

Catch a film on Movie Mondays

Snuggle up with cosy blankets, warm fires and freshly popped popcorn for Monday movie nights at Dunkertons' very own 'People's Cinema'. With special £8 pizza deals from Bella Mia too, it's an offer too good to resist.

Catch a flick for just £3 on the door.

Party with Good Vibes Only x Dunkertons

Dance the night away to reggae, hip-hop, breakbeat and bass music, when Good Vibes Only returns to Dunkertons on Saturday 18 November 2023, with artists like The Freestylers, A.Skillz and Bearded Beats on the bill.

Tickets cost £25 and doors open at 5.30pm.

Channel your creativity at Drink and Draw

Every Thursday evening, Dunkertons drinkers are encouraged to get creative and have a go at drawing, doodling and sketching — all while enjoying a cider or two. With different subjects to draw each week and prizes up for grabs! 

This fun event is free to attend and all materials are provided.

Enjoy free live music every weekend

Weekends are all about live music at Dunkertons, with the chance to catch free performances every Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. Expect a mixture of DJs, bands and piano sing-along sessions, with all eateries open and serving food, too.

Test your knowledge at weekly quiz nights

Get your cleverest friends together and put your brain cells to the test at Dunkertons' weekly quiz nights, taking place every Wednesday. As well as bragging rights, top quizzers get to take home some fantastic prizes, with lots of varied rounds to give everyone a chance of scooping the title.

The quiz starts at 7pm and costs £12 per table for teams of either four or six.

Laugh aloud at weekly comedy nights

Expect smirks, sniggers and giggles at Dunkertons' comedy nights, bringing a line-up of award-winning comedians to the Tap Room every week. Emceed by Cotswold born and bred stand-up comedian, Cerys Nelmes, the event promises to have audiences in stitches from start to finish.

Tickets cost £10 per person and are also available to purchase in tables of four or six.

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