Crush and Press your own Apples 2021

COVID 19 update ...some of our procedures will have to change this season. Face covering should be worn and hand gel is provided. Staff will be distanced and therefore not able to physically help you make your juice. Minimum 2 strong people needed.

ALL AUTUMN we hire our electric crusher and presses for people to press their own apples (or pears). If you give us a ring between 10am and 4pm on 01305 852220 we can book you a day and time. We usually have two sessions per day - 11am and 2pm


The apples must be ripe and starting to soften. Brown patches are fine to go in, but ideally no mould.

Pears must be reasonably hard - if they are too soft they don't go through the crusher at all!

We charge £16 per hour (calculated to the nearest quarter hour)


Very roughly about 5 buckets of apples produce about 3 buckets of pomace (apple pulp) which produces about 1 bucket of juice - but it very much depends on the type, size and ripeness of the apples.


It is reasonably physical so minimum of 2 adults must come, and wear any clothes you don't mind getting sticky!

It is supervised by our friendly and informative staff at all times so you learn as you go along, and any questions can be answered.

Bring any containers you want to take the juice home in, or we sell some fermenters, containers etc in our shop here.

Hot Mulled Cider at Christmas !

December 03, 2020

Warm up while you do your Christmas Shopping ! Throughout December we will be offering tastes of Hot Mulled Cider when you visit the Museum or Cider Shop ! (depending on current regulations...)

Wassail !

Date TBC

Come and help us in this age old tradition

to bring the apple trees back to life !

From 2.30pm we will have Morris Dancers, Local choirs, Apple Cake

Hot Mulled Cider on sale and you can join in the Wassail Ceremony !

We will also have a charity Raffle.

"Here’s to thee, old apple tree,

Whence thou mayst bud
And whence thou mayst blow!
And whence thou mayst bear apples enow!

Hats full! Caps full!
Bushel--bushel--sacks full,
And my pockets full too! Huzza!"

Cider Competition 2020 Postponed

All the budding cidermakers who pressed their apples in the museum in the Autumn are invited back for a tasting and competition !

We will also have beautiful music from the local Island Voices and Harmonics choirs, an apple cake competition, snacks, charity raffle and cider bar

*All entries are to be submitted between 1pm and 2pm. Results will be announced around 3pm.

* Ciders will be divided into 3 categories again this year so please try to have a rough idea of which group you would like your cider to be in- Dry (SPG up to 1.008), Medium (SPG between 1.008 and 1.015) and Sweet (SPG 1.015 and above)

*There will also be a Perry / Wine / Other drink category

*Additional Prizes will be given for the Best Cider Name and Best Label

An Apple / Cider Cake competition will again take place this year OPEN TO EVERYONE - to be judged on appearance and taste. Be as creative as you like !


Any questions or queries please ask, you can now find us on Facebook @Mill House Cider Museum and Follow us on twitter @MillHouseCider

Dorchester Cider Festival - POSTPONED

August 14, 2020

In Borough Gardens, Dorchester, A FREE family friendly celebration of the regions finest cider producers, special guests, great food and live music throughout the day.

Meet and be served by our guest cider makers and sample over 75 of their award winning tipples, from delicate elderflower infusions to leg wobbling scrumpy and everything in-between, all in the towns relaxed Victorian park atmosphere.

We'll also be serving soft drinks, beers and wines for non-cider drinkers who want to join the fun.

All profits from this event are distributed to local good causes by the Dorchester Round Table.

Dorset County Show - POSTPONED

September 04, 2020

Come and see us in the Dorset Food Hall !

For over 175 years Dorchester Agricultural Society has celebrated agriculture and rural life within the county of Dorset. The first exhibition was held in 1840 and this has now developed in to the two day Dorset County Show which takes place on the first weekend in September.

Cider Making Open Day 2020 POSTPONED until 2021

October 24, 2020

10am - 4pm

A day of Traditional Cider Making will take place in October half term! Apples will be crushed and pressed using the antique equipment - a chance for people to see traditional ways of making cider in the flesh!

We are also planning Steam Engines, Rural Crafts, as well as Dorset Cider Tasting, Sausage Sizzle, Stalls, games, Hot Mulled Cider and Dorset Apple cake on sale !

Entry Adults £2, Children Free !

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