Harvest festivals have come a long way from a few tins of beans on the altar. Our pick of seasonal events includes feasts, fruit picking, cider swilling and more
This weekend Bishop’s Palace in Wells, Somerset, is holding a two-day festival with stalls selling local produce, talks on growing your own, hands-on gardening sessions, morris dancers and brass bands. There is still a collection of tinned and dried goods for charity, though (from £8 adult, £3 child, 28-29 September, bishopspalace.org.uk). At Norwich Cathedral, Harfest brings the farm to the city. There are animals, farming displays and a farmers’ market, plus live bands and performing arts groups (free, 5 October, rnaa.org.uk). Winchester cathedral is hosting a harvest weekend with falconry displays, livestock, tractors and a market. 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).