If you don't eat too much pie on Thanskgiving, you're not doing it right. Work off your feast and spend time together outside with a brisk hike through the dunes trails behind Crane Beach. The cool air, stark beauty, and natural stillness are a much better way to spend your day than braving the lines at the mall!
The Nisse – a farm elf from Scandinavian folklore – will visit Appleton Farms. While we wait for the Nisse to awake from his slumber in the hayloft, there will be children's holiday crafts, cookies and hot chocolate, and carolers. Upon his decent from the hayloft, the Nisse must be offered his porridge. If his porridge isn't just right, he will play tricks on the farmers and tie the cows tails in knots! If he likes his porridge, he will let us help spread the magic seeds bringing good fortune to the farm in the year ahead.
Visiting Castle Hill at Christmas is a time-honored tradition. Don't miss this year's beautiful and nostalgic "An Old-Fashioned Christmas". Each room in our 1920s mansion is festively decorated by garden clubs, florists, designers, and other organizations. You'll find live music and dance, fresh baked cookies and cider, and a family treasure hunt. New for 2019—The Christmas Greens Courtyard selling beautiful wreathes, kissing balls, and cut branches for arranging.
Step back in time to 1929 and join us for a day of family fun at Castle Hill! We're bringing play back into the Crane Estate with fun activities for the whole family through out the day.
Join us Every Sunday at 4PM to see our Jersey heard being milked. See the cows bring brought in from pasture, get a look at the milking up close and ask our dairy farmer a few questions! Perfect for kids and adults alike. While you are here take a peek in the cheese kitchen viewing room, visit with our other barnyard animals or have a picnic in the stone paddock!
Start holiday festivities off early, celebrating the Apples and Wine Festival, the first weekend in November. Enjoy all things apple, try our wine and enjoy live music all weekend. Festivities will include Wine tasting*, Live music, Hands-on cider-pressing demonstrations, Make-Your-Own Apple Pie, Apple samples, Hayrides, as well as loads of apple goodies made fresh in the bakery including hot apple crisp and cider donut caramel sundaes.
Kids and families are invited to Appleton Farm's for some fun pumpkin carving! Want to carve your very own pumpkin, or three? Join us to help us get our pumpkins ready for the Appleton Farms Kids Pumpkin Trail ! Families are welcome to bring snacks or BYOB to enjoy while carving. All pumpkins have to stay on the farm for the trail, but if you help carve a few we encourage you to come walk the trail for FREE to see if you can find your own creation along the way!
Bring the whole family to this event! Decorate your trunk/car in a scary, silly, funny manner or pick a theme and bring lots of candy or prizes to hand out to our Trunk or Treaters. Dress in costume and be creative. Please keep it family friendly. There will be a prize for the best trunk. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER AS A TRUNKER
This popular fall classic is one of the North Shore’s most anticipated events. Folks on the North Shore and beyond will flock to Ipswich for its famous fried clams, seafood and of course delectable clam chowder. What better way to round out the season than with an opportunity to, not only samples some of the best chowder around, but also become judge for a day?