July 24, 2014
Boardmasters is just around the corner, and with an explosive surf and music line-up planned for this year’s festival, we’re gearing up for our biggest sponsored event yet. As the official cyder partner of Boardmasters 2014, our famous 4% cloudy cyder will be on-tap across the festival, as well as our full range at the Rattler Bar at Watergate Bay. So after dancing to this year’s headline acts: Snoop Dogg, Bastille and Chase & Status, recharge with a pint of our refreshing cyder.
We’ve put together a gallery of highlights from Boardmasters 2013. If your summer features Rattler, we want to know about it. Tag your photos #cydermasters and your snaps will be included on our festival wall of fame.
July 3, 2014
We’re making the most of every moment this summer, as we support four festivals across the south west. From Boardmasters to our own Little Orchard Cyder & Music Festival, the zing of our Rattler cyder will be packing its punch, whether you’re by the beach or out in the fields.
Eden Sessions: June 21 – July 15
Staged in a venue like no other, The Eden Sessions is an iconic music gig. This year’s headline acts include Ellie Goulding, Pixies, Elbow and Dizzee Rascal supported by Mercury nominee Katy B. Our Rattler 4% flavours will be on tap at each Eden Session, the perfect Cornish pairing to world-class acoustics.
Boardmasters: 6 – 10 August
Boardmasters is a beachside event which combines surfing, skating and BMX competitions with great music, food and drink. Snoop Dogg, Bastille and Chase & Status have been announced as this year’s headline acts.
We’ve signed a two year sponsorship deal with Boardmasters, taking centre stage as the event’s official cyder partner. Rattler 4% will be on tap across the festival and we’ll have our full range of Rattler cyders at the official Rattler bar at Watergate Bay. Look out for our branded cups with the #cydermasters hashtag and share your festival photos to win prizes.
The Rattler Run: 24 – 25 August
New to the Cornish endurance scene, The Rattler Run will make its debut at our very own Tregoninny Farm near Truro. Runners will test their mettle in a marathon challenge, battling through off road trails and rivers. Runners can enter individually, or as a team with each person taking on a lap of the course.
We’ll be hosting an after party on Saturday night, with live music and plenty of our Cornish Bite energy drink and Rattler. Bring the family, pitch up a tent, and enjoy the vibes.
The Little Orchard Cyder & Music Festival: 12 -14 September
Back by popular demand, The Little Orchard Festival, grown from the Little Apple Festival, showcases 100 bands and 100 cyders. The three day event takes place at our Cornish cyder farm near Truro. Tickets include a tractor ride around our orchards and cyder sampling.
A selection of cyders and ales will be served under colourful marquees divided into themed spaces: the Golden Delicious acoustic cafe, The Big Little Apple Top, Granny Smith’s Dance Emporium and a new feature for 2014, The Pink Lady Burlesque tent.
You’ve probably heard us say that we like to live life a little fresher. We love to get out doors, embrace the elements and share our passion for big adrenaline challenges. That’s why this year, our premium cyder, Rattler, is sponsoring Olympic sailing hopefuls Tom Phipps and Zennor Pascoe as they race towards Rio 2016. The duo will be competing in the multi-hull sailing discipline in a bid to secure a gold medal for Britain.
We caught up with Tom to ask him a few questions.
Your 2016 Olympic catamaran campaign is underway. How does it feel to be training and competing on the Olympic Classes Circuit?
I’ve been here before during my 2012 campaign and feel quite comfortable, but for Zennor it is a whole new experience. We are loving every second of it.
How did Team Phipps Pascoe come about? Is there a screening process for selecting a team mate?
Zennor and I teamed up at the end of last year. Following a year crewing for a different sailing partner I wanted to get back on the helm. When I started thinking about it, no one seemed more suited and up for the job than Zennor, and so the Cornish dream team began.
Take us through a typical day in the life of a catamaran trainee.
When competing our day typically begins with a warm up and stretching before a good breakfast. Racing normally starts at 11am, but we like to get on the water early to get a feel for the conditions and the course area. After three races we normally touch dry land around 4pm. A quick pack up, debrief and warm down will have us back in our accommodation tired and hungry.
What does your current training programme entail?
At the minute we are in the heart of racing season. There is a regatta roughly every three weeks, so a standard month for us at the minute is a week of training, a week of racing and few days off and then all over again. It’s pretty relentless right now.
Beyond Rio 2016, what are your plans for the future?
Thats a long way off at the minute, but Tokyo 2020 is definitely a possibility.
September 17, 2013
What advice would you give to someone looking to take up sailing as a hobby?
Get on down to your local club or sailing school and just give it a go. Pick a sunny day (that always helps) and come and play!
The Little Apple Cyder and Music Festival 2014
After a huge demand, the Little Apple Festival is back for 2014 – after an amazing first year showcasing incredible bands and talent from all over the country and world, a huge selection of delicious cyders, you can expect big colorful marquees such as the Golden Delicious acoustic cafe, The Big Little Apple Top, Granny Smith’s Dance Emporium and a new feature for 2014 – - The Pink Lady Burlesque tent…. 3 days of incredible festivities, sea shanties, a huge selection of world class bands and musicians, dancing and fun for all the family including free tractor rides, Cyder sampling, delicious grub and loads of activities all on the beautiful working Cyder farm that is Healey’s, where the famous Rattler is created. The Little Apple promises to be another magical weekend of festivities and camping fun… Don’t delay and grab your tickets today!
August 19, 2013
It was just over a week ago that Boardmasters festival, our largest sponsored event so far, came to an end – and we’re still buzzing from all the festival fun. (more…)
August 9, 2013
As the official cider sponsors of this year’s Boardmasters festival, we have been preparing behind the scenes for months so you can imagine our excitement when things finally got underway on Wednesday. (more…)
August 6, 2013
July 31, 2013
Excitement is building at the farm this week. With just one day left until Boardmasters 2013, we’re busy getting everything ready behind the scenes for our biggest event yet. (more…)
If anyone can spot a top quality surfer, it’s Roger Sharp. As editor of Carve Magazine, world-class surf photographer and all-round man of the waves, he’s been keeping a sharp eye on the British surf scene for decades.
This year, the country’s best surfers will go head-to-head at Boardmasters 2013, held on Newquay’s Fistral Beach as part of the UK Pro Surf Tour.
We had a quick chat with Sharpy about who he thinks are the surfers to watch out for at this year’s competition – and compiled our very own Rattler Cyder surfer skills guide… (more…)
July 4, 2013
We’re proud to announce the launch of our new, lower alcohol Rattler cyder at this year’s Boardmasters music and surf festival.
Rattler 4% has been developed to complement our existing range of Rattler Original (6%), Pear (4%) and Berry (4%). With our exciting new sponsorship of the festival, we felt this was the perfect opportunity to bring forth our newest cyder for fans to enjoy.
After all, the vibe at Boardmasters is exactly what Rattler is all about: Cornwall, the beach, surfing, music, sunsets, and good times with friends. We have always loved the Boardmasters festival, so it seems like a natural partnership. Our sample test at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show was a great success – the feedback was incredibly positive.
However, we recognise that on some occasions people might want to enjoy a cyder with a lower percentage of alcohol. Rattler has become so popular over the last few years and we wanted to be able to bring that to the festival experience.
As the official cyder for Boardmasters, we will be serving Rattler 4% for the duration of the festival for you to try for yourself. We look forward to seeing you there!
July 22, 2013
Boardmasters isn’t like other festivals. With a combination of beach sessions and live music, it has that unique holiday atmosphere you don’t get elsewhere – plus it provides a great chance to explore the surrounding coastline and discover new places. Cornwall is home to far more than just Boardmasters. From jagged cliffs and white sandy beaches to pasties, good cyder and, of course, British surfing. (more…)
July 15, 2013
We’ve all been there. It’s your first festival and you’ve come fully prepared. Or, at least you think you have. However, there are some lessons you only learn from experience – like the importance of anti-bacterial hand gel and a pair of wellies that don’t have holes in them.
You’ll also learn that human beings really can develop quite a stench after living in a field for four days. But they can also create world-class music, excellent food and the kind of electric atmosphere you only find at a festival.
If you’re just starting out on the festival path of self-discovery, we’re here to help. These are just 7 mistakes that all first-times festival goers make. You live, you learn… (more…)
July 9, 2013
Live music and cold cyder are one of those perfect combinations – like tea and cake or sunshine and good surf. We may not be music aficionados, but we know what sounds good with an icy pint, good friends and a few rays of sunshine.
British musical talent is at its best at this year’s Boardmasters. We’ve chosen a selection of unmissable acts from the line-up. They’re certainly worth peeling yourself out of that comfy fold-up chair and hot-footing it across ‘tent city’ to go and see – we promise. (more…)