TENBURY will be on show on Saturday when the town will be packed with locals and visitors for the annual Applefest.

An event that started many years ago on the streets before spreading to a car park has now expanded and will be held on the Burgage.

People are reminded to expect the town to be busy.

A programme will include not just apples but music, entertainment and classic cars.

Over the past years the event has grown from being in the streets of Tenbury, the Round Market and the car park to its present home on the Burgage.

Seven years ago, the Applefest Team was asked by Malvern Hills District Council, its primary grant provider, to make the event self-funding. This was achieved and has continued to be so.

The annual event, which will be held from 10am to 4.30pm at the Burgage Recreational Area, will see visitors enjoy a wide range of entertainment, food, drink, classic cars, animals, and of course, apples.

More than 300 apples, pears and quinces will be on display in the apple marquee provided by local supplier and sponsor FP Matthews. Various experts from the Marcher Apple Network will also be on hand to identify apple varieties and also share knowledge on growing and looking after apple trees.

Appleteme will be demonstrating how to press apples into juice to take home and are inviting people to bring along their own washed apples in a clean container to be juiced (approximately one carrier bag makes one litre of juice).

Entertainment throughout the day will include the Tenbury School Choirs, Tenbury Teme Valley Band, Pearl Lake Ukelele Group, Leominster Morris Dancers, Blue Moon and the Bromyard Town Crier.

Visitors can take mini treks with Temevale Alpacas, visit the reptiles from Dudley Zoo, enjoy face painting and the Medieval Magician.

The usual food, drink and craft stands will be available for those who want to shop and there will also be a licensed bar area and a wide selection of food to eat on the day.

In the run up to the event, retailers in Tenbury have been decorating their windows as part of a competition.

The window displays have been judged by the sponsors Kerry and certificates will be presented tomorrow.

Applefest is a community led event and would not be possible without the support from an army of volunteers.

It is also made possible by the local businesses that provide sponsorship.

“Applefest is run by a team of volunteers on a not-for-profit basis and once again we are offering a wide variety of displays, activities and entertainment to enjoy,” said David Patrick, chair of the Tenbury Applefest Association.

“We are confident that Applefest 2019 will provide a great day out for all the family whatever the weather.”

Sponsors are Tenbury Town Council, Frank P Matthews, Orchard Valley Foods, Norris and Miles Solicitors, Kerry, Robinsons of Tenbury and PerfectArc.

Admission is £4 and free entry for accompanied children under 16.