‘Iron Age’ roundhouses at Butser Ancient Farm. Harvest festivals are those that occur at the time of the main harvest of a particular region. Join the annual harvest celebration at the Sutton Community Farm. They provide meals for the homeless and poor. Want to learn to speak even more English the fast, fun and easy way? In Scotland, Lammas is celebrated on … They’re home to lots of damson trees, including a regional variety called Shropshire prune. The Tinwood Estate, a vineyard near Chichester in West Sussex, is running harvest experience days. Earlier in the day, there are family-friendly activities at the gallery, such as harvest-themed face-painting (£15 for food and a drink, 5 October, thelmahulbert.com). Advertisement Due to Covid-19 restrictions this year, schools won’t be able to gather large groups of pupils in school halls and other community venues to celebrate the harvest. Usually when talking about harvesting a person thinks of agriculture, but at many places, there is a celebration of another type of reaping, in October where there’s the Sea Thanksgiving Harvest, where fish and netting decorate the church. Butser Ancient Farm, also in Hampshire, is holding a haust celebration. This beloved annual event showcases a very rare opportunity to explore the different aspects of harvest past, with the museum’s restored 1947 threshing machine. Harvest festivals are believed to date back to pagan practise in ancient Britain, when most people grew their own food. Walks include guided tours of the village orchard, a “gourd walk” through the new kitchen garden and a scarecrow trail around the grounds. It marks its 21st event as it enters 2019. The Rice Harvest Festival that is held in Bali, Indonesia, is a feature of the island’s Hindu culture. Two out of three years Harvest festival is celebrated in September, but often it occurs in October. Often celebrated in churches and schools, people are encouraged to donate homegrown produce, fruit and vegetables to those in need. NEVER MISS AN EVENT Get our mobile App, Download Now! Throughout September, visitors are welcome to pick their own (£3 a kilo). Apple harvesting events welcome the whole family. In Surrey, the Rural Life Centre in Farnham, has a harvest ceilidh (£11, 5 October, rural-life.org.uk). The focus will be on the climate crisis, with talks from environmental groups, and Winchester School of Art is making a giant bee from recycled material (free, 5-6 October, winchester-cathedral.org.uk). It began in churches in the year 1843, when Robert Hawker invited local parishioners to a special thanksgiving service at a church in Cornwall. JLS band member and farmer JB Gill has joined forces with Jordans Cereals and Eco-Schools to create Harvest Festival LIVE, the UK’s first ever virtual Harvest Festival, on 9 October 2020.. For the first time on record, schools won’t be able to gather large groups of pupils in school halls and other community venues to celebrate harvest, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Arreton Barns, an arts and crafts centre on the Isle of Wight, is celebrating the corn harvest with its annual sweetcorn fayre. In Britain, we celebrate this day by singing, praying and many decorate their churches or schools with baskets of fruit and tinned food. Mottisfont, an 18th-century house and gallery in riverside gardens in Hampshire, is holding a six-week celebration of the harvest. In England the harvest festival is called the harvest home. Harvest Moon 2020. Each of the 29 states of India celebrates its harvest festival at different times throughout the year, owing to the diversity in climate and difference in the staple crop of a region. It is dated on 23 September. The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall has an eight-day harvest event with seasonal lunches every day, culminating in a three-course feast night. This is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (22 or 23 September). Venue: Yorkshire’s Food Capital, Malton, United Kingdom. This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox, which is often between 21-23 September. The National Botanic Garden of Wales near Carmarthen has an Apple Weekend with 400 varieties of apple on display, apple-themed quizzes and plenty of cider (£11 adult, £5 child, 19-20 October, botanicgarden.wales). There will be a variety of demonstrations, exhibits and flower workshops that will keep you engaged. The festival is planned to happen at Woodland Farm in Greenwich. It includes an animal show, a horticultural display, craft activities such as pottery and metalwork, and lots of local food and drink (free, 28 September, farmgarden.org.uk). The National Trust is offering a cider-making working holiday on the Killerton estate in Devon. There are other things too where you can indulge yourself like photography, drinking, leaf printing and much more. Visitors can meet the rare-breed farm animals on a trail through the gardens (£15 adult, £7 child, 15-13 October, feast night £30, 12 October, heligan.com). After coffee and cake, visitors will join in the grape harvest, helping to handpick grapes such as chardonnay, pinot noir or pinot meunier. At Harvest Festivals they thank God for all the good things that come from the earth. The day of harvest festival in Britain is a Sunday that is close to, or that coincides with, the Harvest Moon on September every year. A good level of fitness is needed to pick the fruit by hand, carry bags of apples and put the fruit in the press; the reward is plenty of last year’s batch of cider. Take a farm tour, hog the wooden baked pizzas, tap your feet at live music, and absorb all the collective harvesting that is a part of the attraction of this place. The bunkhouse accommodation is within easy reach of Exmouth and the east Devon coast (£220, including meals, 6-13 October, nationaltrust.org.uk). The corn dolls are put on the banquet table. Enjoy the beautiful RHS Flower show where they showcase magnificent flowers which are both colourful and beautiful. This year the autumn equinox is on Thursday September 22 and the nearest full moon to that date was on September 16.