TROWBRIDGE Apple Festival makes a welcome return on Saturday in a new indoor location at Emmanuel’s Yard near St James’ Church.

Organiser Cllr Mel Jacob, of The BIG Community Grow, said they have been given a Trowbridge Town Council grant to help offer the event free to the community.

She said: "We have a number of short talks from local groups Bradford on Avon Climate Friendly and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust as well as gardening talks from Richard Cripps and Martin Hayes and local apple juice and cider producer Oliver Dowding.

"Richard Cripps and Martin Hayes will be on hand to advise on pruning fruit trees as well as general gardening advice – they will also do some apple ID for those of you who want to find out what variety your apple tree is."

The Apple Bake-off will be judged by Mayor Trowbridge mayor Cllr Denise Bates, who will also present the grant cheque, alongside local bakers Henley's and chef Catherine Maxwell.

Children and adults are invited to bring their Apple Bakes to be judged – The Mary Pearce Cup will be awarded to the best apple bake.

Cllr Jacob added: "Bring your entries along by 12pm. They can be pies, crumbles or cakes but should have British apples and Fairtrade ingredients."

There will be a chance to have a go at making apple juice using three different apple presses and taste many different varieties of apple.

Fun games and crafts for children include the longest peel competition, apple bobbing and archery challenge. All the activities are free.

For those with their own apple tree you might want to bring your own apples and a container and press your own juice.

Cllr Jacob added: "With live music and the Bathampton Morris dancers it will be a small but fun event with something for all ages – we hope people will come and find us in our new location and enjoy this Apple-y celebration."