Taking inspiration from the bees, we reflect on our recent Honey Cider collaboration

Taking inspiration from the bees, we reflect on our recent Honey Cider collaboration

With Winter on our doorstep and 2020 just around the corner, we can’t help but feel excited for what the new year will bring. Today we will be meeting with The Eden Project to discuss our collaboration from this Spring with the launch of our limited-edition Cornish Honey Cider – its successes, challenges and of course our wonderful competition with Eden and East Thorne.

For bee-keepers this time of year is much quieter, as you can imagine, with the hives slowing down with the bees preparing for Winter. Taking inspiration from the bees, we feel this is the perfect time for us to reflect on the project and start planning for 2020 but first, we wanted you to see how our competition winner Hannah and her family got on during their eco-trip to Cornwall back in September 2019.

The Project…

Earlier in the year, we launched a limited-edition Cornish Honey cider in collaboration with The Eden Project to celebrate nature and the bees using honey straight from Eden’s very own Native Black Bee hives and expertly blended by our cider making team in Duloe.

To celebrate this fantastic limited-edition product, we launched an exclusive online competition (to win a 3 night stay at East Thorne, 2-day entry to The Eden Project, £200 spending money, Cider Tour & Tasting with our Head Cider Maker) which was won by Hannah Martin, who ventured down to Cornwall in September to enjoy a magical, eco-friendly trip to explore nature and its wonders with her family.

An eco-sustainable and natural experience

Starting off their trip, Hannah Martin and her family (husband Adam and their two boys), stayed at East Thorne in Bude, Cornwall, in a brand new 4-berth Roundhouse.

The Roundhouses (which are designed round as they use 30% less materials than a rectangular building) are made using UK sourced timber with highly insulated prefab panels, 100% recycled rubber eco tiles and powered using an on-site solar system making them super-efficient and economical. Each has their own private wooden hot-tub, which is powered using sustainable wood and was one of the families highlights during their stay:

 “Staying in an enchanting roundhouse at East Thorne was unforgettable- such a friendly welcome and the secluded setting was just gorgeous. Relaxing in the wood-fired hot tub, toasting marshmallows on the fire and evening stargazing really made our stay so special.” – Hannah Martin

East Thorne pride themselves on working with local suppliers and producers with local honey which is included in the hampers and graze boxes for customers. Their main Roundhouse has a sedum grass roof providing the perfect haven for birds and bees as well as bug hotels which are dotted around the site, which was the perfect touch to this competition making East Thorne not just a place to stay, but an eco-sustainable and natural experience for all.

A shared love of Cornwall

As East Thorne is located right on the Cornish coastline, there is plenty to do and explore. The family spent time skimming stones and dipping their toes into the waves at Sandymouth beach as well as a treetop trek across the rainforest in one of the famous biomes at The Eden Project.

Cornish Orchards has worked with The Eden Project since the very beginning. Both sharing the same values and love for nature, the collaboration on the Cornish Honey Cider, was an essential way to showcase Cornwall and the wonderful of the bees to help our eco-system thrive.

The Eden Project is an educational charity that connects us with each other and the natural, living world, helping us all work towards a better future. Voted as one of Cornwall’s top attractions, we just had to send Hannah and her family here.

Nestled in Boldeva just outside of St Austell, Eden has become an international wonder with stunning biomes that house fascinating plants and fauna from around the world and serve as a backdrop to their striking contemporary gardens which were thoroughly enjoyed by the family.

The VIP treatment

Finally, we couldn’t have Hannah and her family come to Cornwall and not stop off at Cornish Orchards especially as their trip landed during our apple pressing season.

It is Cornwall and unfortunately it was a very wet and damp day, but we didn’t let that stop us. As we do not operate tours to the public, this was a real VIP experience led by our Head Cider Maker Chris Newton, our very own master of apples himself, who took the family on a wonderful tour of the cider facilities enlightening them to how we make cider on the farm.

During pressing season, we have apples coming in from all over Cornwall. The smell of sweet apples filled the wet, damp air. Chris showed them the apple bays which of course were steeped in bright, juicy colour and introduced them to members of the team who were busy at work making our wonderful cider.

Hannah and her family were taken along the journey from pick to pour which included tasting some of the pure apple juice that was being freshly pressed at the time. Hannah and her husband of course got to try some of our Gold cider which was at different stages of its production to show the difference in taste along the journey.

“Meeting the super welcoming & hard-working team at Cornish Orchards for a VIP tour was the perfect end to an incredible 4 days. The boys loved learning about the manufacturing process & being official tasters for the day! Thank you so much Cornish Orchards for an experience we’ll never forget!” – Hannah Martin

Stay in touch

Overall the project has been a real success. These amazing creatures are so important to our eco-system and through working with these forward-thinking brand partners, we hope we have helped to do (even if it’s just a small bit) to raise awareness of these amazing pollinators and the vital work they do.  

East Thorne, Bude in Cornwall: If you would like to hear more from Naomi and Adam at East Thorne, be sure to check them out on Facebook or Instagram or you can sign up to their newsletter via their website – link here.

The Eden Project, Boldeva in Cornwall: If you’d like to learn more about The Eden Project and the great work they do, or if you’d like to be the first to hear about future projects with the bees, head to their Facebook or Instagram or visit their website – link here.

We’re not one for spoilers so we won’t elaborate just yet on what that might ‘bee’ but we have some very exciting things in the pipeline, so stay tuned! Make sure you check us out on Facebook and Instagram as this will be the first place we shout about it!

Here are some more Images from The Martins trip to Cornwall:

A big thank you to the Martins for sharing your fantastic photos with us!!!



21st November 2019

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