Outdoor Activities


We are fortunate to have a large garden in the centre of Leek, which is popular with visitors in spring, summer and autumn.  The terrace allows al fresco eating and drinking and overlooks one of two spacious lawns.

Children are particularly welcome to run around and explore, although we do ask parents or carers to keep an eye on them and encourage them to respect the plants and wildlife.  Dogs are also welcome.

Foxlowe Pixies Come out of Hibernation

The Pixie apples, a late-eating variety, were put away last autumn to hibernate in a cellar, where they get ideal storage conditions (low temperature and humidity).  The plan was to sell them in the cafe when they were fully ripened and ready to eat. NOT MANY LEFT NOW, SO CATCH THEM WHILE THEY’RE STILL YOUNG AND SWEET.

Sadly, their sleep was disrupted when the cellar flooded and they had to be transferred to an attic, which was equally cool but somewhat drier.  This has meant that the Pixies, although perfectly edible, are just a bit wrinkled.

For that reason, we won’t be charging for them, although if anyone wants to make a donation for those they eat, it will be most welcome.


Wreath Workshops Still Have a Few Places – 16th Dec

From the ornate to the simple.  Why not have a go yourself? Good company and free drinks, plus a unique wreath at the end of the session.

There are still some places for this Sunday’s workshops: one in the morning (11am-1pm) and five in the afternoon (2-4pm).

Christmas Wreath Workshops – Morning and Afternoon

Apple Fest Juice Legacy

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Plants to Go! plus Cake recipes

Outside – on the Patio.

The plants on and close to the stand are free to anyone who can give them a good home in exchange for a donation to the Foxlowe.

There are donation boxes in the bar and beside the inner front door.

These plants come courtesy of Foxlowe’s annual Plant Share and the gardeners will be adding more as they become available.

Cakes were shared at the event as well as plants.  All were yummy but we only have recipes for two:

Gluten-free Lemon Drizzle Cake

Chocolate Guinness Cake



Plants Getting Ready for Sharing this Saturday

The gardeners are starting to put out plants for this Saturday’s Plant Share (11:00-2.00 in the Foxlowe Garden) and looking forward to seeing what our visitors bring.  Don’t fancy any of the plants on offer?  Why not have a piece of cake instead?  No plants or cakes to share?  No problem, we welcome donations.

Everyone welcome.


Fourteen make festive wreaths at the Foxlowe

Saturday’s wreath workshop, organised by the Foxlowe gardeners, saw a wonderful diversity of Christmas wreaths being made by our nimble-fingered participants, whose ages ranged from 13 to 86.  Everyone took home a beautiful and unique wreath – a lovely way to spend a pre-Christmas Saturday morning in good company.

Thanks to all who took part and especially to Chris, who made an extra wreath for the Foxlowe’s own front door.


Apple Fest Juice and Apples for Sale in Cafe

If you like the taste of real apples, not the flavourless supermarket varieties or oversweetened commercial juice that tastes nothing like the real thing, come and buy some in the Foxlowe Cafe.  Come soon if you want juice, as stocks are limited.  Tasting notes provided for the apples, which will include a few grown in the Foxlowe garden.   The current variety is Sunset (very few) and we will feed in the Pixies in December, as they are a late-eating variety.

Apple Fest Indoors – Come and Join Us!

Young Brian has persuaded the gardeners to bring their Apple Fest indoors this year (tomorrow, Sat 21st October).  And what better place to be on a wet and windy day than the Foxlowe, having warming apple and parsnip soup in the cafe and tasting apple cake, jam, jelly and chutney in the Function Room.  There will be local dry cider to taste and/or buy, plus 12 varieties of fabulous English apples, most from Brogdale in Kent, plus apple games including apple bobbing on the patio and face-painting indoors.

The main activity will be making delectable apple juice out of everyone’s windfalls and surplus apples.  Come and help feed the voracious new apple mill.  The event starts at 11.00 am and the last apples are weighed in at 2.00 pm, but most activities will continue till 3.00.


The Gateway Shedders will also be there, in the bar, selling their wonderful products made from recycled wood. They make great Christmas presents and stocking fillers.

Thanks, but keep drinking the wine

Sterling work is being done by Foxlowe supporters to provide enough bottles for the apple juice at Apple Fest this year.  However, the new mill is so efficient at getting the juice out of the apples, we’re not sure we have enough bottles yet.  It’s a difficult task but….

All contributions (wine bottles with screw tops) are welcome.  Please leave beside the garden shed or behind the bar if you can contribute.

We hope to have enough spares on the day but to be sure of containers to take your juice home, please bring some bottles along with any apples.  Full details in What’s On.



New Mill for Apple Fest


The gardeners are thrilled to have a very efficient new electric mill to prepare apples for juicing.  Thanks to Gilbert for testing it for us.

It means much less effort but also more juice for the same weight of apples.

We hope everyone bringing apples to Apple Fest for juicing remembers to bring their own screw-top bottles, ideally wine bottles, otherwise we will run out very soon.  Glass bottles essential for pasteurising.

Please bring 1 bottle for every 2.5 kilogrammes of apples. For details see