Saturday, 15 October 2016

This October at The Orchard

October and we're pleased to welcome local artist Julie Parker back to The Orchard Tea Room for an Autumn exhibition of her prints.

Everybody here loves Julie's quirky art, the prints are very reasonably priced and make fantastic Christmas presents for any age group. Exhibition ends 31st October so be sure pop along before then to take a look. There're lots to see and it's free!

This October see's two fun dog shows here at The Orchard, both for very good causes. First off we had a Shaman's Legacy dog show on the 9th. It was, as always, great fun for contestants and spectators alike and it raised a wonderful £228 for the dog rescue.

We were rather pleased to receive this accolade from one of the contestants:

"What a venue!!!!! Some lovely food a lovely walk and a brilliant show!!!!"
Our next October fun dog show is on Sunday 30th October and it is going to be quite a special one!

Organized by Mel of The Sunshine Centre for Therapeutic Riding there will be more than dogs in attendance with a meet and greet the Sunshine Centre ponies, a ghost hunt, pumpkin carving and various other traditional Halloween activities.

All that and plenty of classes for the dogs.

You can't beat a Halloween Fancy Dress!

It's going to be fun folks so make sure you pop the date in your diary and come along on the 30th October to support a worthy cause whilst having a great day out. 

And remember if you're after a locally grown pumpkin or apples for apple bobbing we have lots to choose from here at The Orchard Farm Shop after all it wouldn't be October without pumpkins would it!

All this and more can be found this October at:

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane

Telephone: 07527 046184

Website: Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Butterflies & Dragonflies in The Orchard

Lots of butterflies still to be found in the orchard soaking up the September sunshine


Meadow Brown

Small Tortoiseshell

Visit during a sunny afternoon and you'll be treated to an aerial display of dragonflies 

 How many could you identify?

Orchard walk  open to customers of The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop 10-4 daily

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
PE14 0RN
Telephone: 07527 046184

Website: Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room

Ringlet  D. Gordon E. Robertson licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
Meadow Brown  © Copyright Evelyn Simak and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. 
Small Tortoiseshell nottsexminer licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Saturday, 3 September 2016

September Monkey Hunt

 Many thanks to all of those who took the orchard monkey trail today, 

our very own "Great White Hunter" Jim reckons you were all very clever to have checked the weather forecast timing your visit to miss the rain!

Team Monkey was apparently on brilliant form with several managing to completely avoid detection despite the best efforts of contestants!

They're hoping for nicer weather for next year's monkey hunt so they can lie around in the sunshine rather than shelter in the trees from the rain. 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

The Orchard Monkey Hunt

Our "team" of monkeys are getting into practice for Saturday's Orchard Monkey Hunt when they'll be hiding themselves among the apple trees in the orchard. 

The Orchard 's 3rd annual  Monkey Hunt 
will take place this Saturday, 3rd September 10am~3pm
The Orchard Tea Room
Redmoor Lane
PE14 0RN

All children must be accompanied by an 18+ adult, max 2 children per adult

Tea Room & Farm Shop open as usual, dogs on leads always welcome 

Except for cases of negligence or other breach of duty by the event organizer participants will be responsible and neither the event organizer nor its servants or its agents will be responsible for any loss, theft, injury or damage which results from attendance at and participation in any The Orchard event. This includes, but is not limited to; personal injury, mental or physical or death, loss, theft, injury or damage to vehicles their contents, fittings accessories, items of personal property. The event organizer does not seek to limit its liability in any way for  loss, theft, injury or damage to anypersonal injury or death caused either by the negligence of the event organizer or its servants or agents or by any act of omission of the event organizer or its servants or agents. The event organizer does not seek to limit its liability in any way for any loss, theft, injury or damage to personal property caused by the negligence of   the event organizer or its servants or agents.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Sarah Madsen Art Exhibition at The Orchard August 1st ~ 31st

We're delighted to welcome the very talented artist, jeweller and illustrator Sarah Madsen back to The Orchard Tea Room for her second art exhibition here.

Sarah's work has previously been exhibited at various locations such as the Mall Galleries in London, Silvermine Art Centre in Connecticut and the Steven Whyte  Figurative Studio in Carmel, California, USA.

 Wisbech this is your chance to view an international artist for free! 

Exhibition open 10am-4pm daily

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
PE14 0RN
Telephone: 07527 046184

Website: Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Art at The Orchard interview with artist Clive Bilcliff

We're delighted that artist Clive Bilcliff has agreed to do a little interview for the blog, he's exhibiting a selection of his original paintings here at The Orchard throughout July.

Clive please tell us about your work? What are you currently working on?

 Having started with watercolours - mainly landscapes and seascapes - I then tried oils and more recently acrylics - which I mainly use for  animal pictures and pet portraits, and pastels -  which I use mainly for people portraits.  I now bounce around all of the mediums depending upon the
subject matter. I usually have several works on the go which I dip into as the mood takes me, unless I have a specific deadline to meet for a commission. 

Having just completed another dog portrait commission in acrylics and a rose in watercolour, I am now finishing off a pastel portrait, a still life in pastels, a steam train in watercolour and am about to start on a picture of a horse-drawn plough scene, probably in acrylic.

How did you decide to become an artist?

I have always had a talent for drawing and painting from a very early age - probably inherited from my dad who was also good at sketching.  On leaving school I went to Art College for an Art Foundation year where I was able to sample all forms of art, including painting, sculpture, graphics, ceramic,
fabric and photography before deciding to concentrate on Product Design. I
studied 3-D Product Design at Newcastle Polytechnic, achieving a BA at the
end of my studies.  One of the guys I studied with was Gavin Bocquet, who
went on to work in the film industry and became Design Director with Lucas
Films and worked on most of the Star Wars sets designs.  

However, I realised that I really wasn't good enough to make a living in
design and instead used my degree to go into Human Resources management,
where I spent all of my working career, initially as an employee and the
second half as a consultant with my own limited company.  It was during a
gap between contracts that I rediscovered my love of painting, after
watching Watercolour Challenge on television about 15 years ago.  I joined
Wisbech Art Club about 3 years ago and I am now the Publicity Officer for
the club. Since retiring last year, I have been able to devote more time to
my painting.

What's the best advise you've been given as an artist?

About 5 years ago I joined a watercolour painting class by Ian King
(local professional artist) and one of the best things I learned from his
tuition was to try to be looser in style and to be much more bold with the
use of shadow, which can really bring a painting to life.

What do you do when you are not creating?

In a way, I am always creating - even if it's just in my mind.  I am
always taking photographs of potential subjects for paintings and thinking
about trying new techniques or subjects or experimenting with different
media.  My art studio is full of books, art materials, canvasses, frames,
finished paintings etc.  

But away from painting I also run the Wisbech Acoustic Club which meets
monthly at the Locomotive pub where we play instruments and sing all types
of music.  I enjoy singing (including karaoke) and have taught myself to
play a bit of acoustic guitar and dabbled with the ukulele and blues
harmonica.  Additionally I am captain of a weekly pool team from the
Locomotive.  I child-mind my 2 years old grandson one day a week.  I often
wonder where I ever found time to work in the past!

What are your life and work goals for the future?

I don't really have any life goals except to continue to enjoy life and
what I do already.  I mainly paint for my own enjoyment, but when other
people also enjoy my work, it adds to the satisfaction.

Clive you're currently exhibiting some of your original artwork here at The Orchard where else can we find your work?

I have just had three paintings in the Wisbech Art Club Summer
Exhibition, all of which sold, including one bought by the Mayor of Wisbech.
From 27 August to 2 September 2016, I will have eight paintings exhibited in
St Matthews Church, Sutton Bridge.  I will also be exhibiting at the Wisbech
Art Club main exhibition in St Peter & St Pauls Church, Wisbech in
October/November 2016.

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Contact details: 
Mobile: 07946 527832

Many thanks to Clive Bilcliff for agreeing to be interviewed for The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop Blog. You can view his art daily 10am -4pm until the end of July 2016 at

The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
PE14 0RN

Telephone: 07527 046184
Website: Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room

Friday, 15 July 2016

Strawberries health benefits

Wimbledon might be over for this year, and what a fabulous year it was for Great Britain, but it's still strawberry season and the good news is that not only are strawberries truly delicious, they're also good for you:

Just 10 strawberries will supply you with the recommended daily amount of vitamin C.

Strawberries are a source of folic acid


strawberries are high in omega 3 fatty acids.

So go on treat yourself to a punnet of delicious goodness!

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Redmoor Lane
PE14 0RN

Telephone: 07527 046184


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