A STATELY home and gardens has been preparing for a festival celebrating its abundance of apples which marks the end of its season of being open to the public.

Newby Hall, near Ripon, hosts Apple Day on Sunday, September 29 – a day filled with lots of apple-based fun and games.

Central to Apple Day is the hotly contested Apple Throwing Championships where whoever throws an apple the furthest over the River Ure wins the prestigious title.

There will also be apple pressing, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own apples and container if they wish; face painting, apple trail, and advice on all things fruity from experts at the Northern Fruit Group.

The Apple Throwing Championships will take place from 2pm to 4pm.

Anyone who gets their apples to the other side of the River Ure will be invited back for the Grand Final at the end of the day, with the chance of winning the Golden Apple trophy.

Newby Hall, the family home of Richard and Lucinda Compton, is an example of 18th century interior decoration.

Built in the 1690s in the style of Sir Christopher Wren the house was later enlarged and adapted by John Carr.