Family Business Visit: Thatchers


11 September 2024, 2:00 pm

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Thatchers cider has been made on Myrtle Farm since 1904. Eleanor Thatcher, having grown up on Myrtle Farm, is the family’s fifth generation cider-maker dedicated to the craft and will be talking about working in the family firm.

Eleanor was recently listed as part of our ‘Ones to Watch’ for Family Business Week; speaking about her education outside of the business, the perspective it brought and her continued professional growth through working with mentors expanding her innovation and sustainability.

During the visit we will hear about Thatchers long history, the principles that drive the day-to-day work ethic and decision-making and how passion for cider-making means it is not just a job, but a way of life.

The tour will introduce visitors to the working mill, which showcases how cider is made from start to finish, with over 115 years of cider making expertise. The visit will end with networking and a chance to sample some Somerset Ciders.

Who should attend?

FBUK Family Business Visits are for those who wish to:

  • learn about other family businesses;
  • meet the owners, and hear first hand their story and experiences
  • tour the business and site
  • network with peers

Open to FBUK Members ONLY.


14:00-14:30        Arrival with refreshments

14:30-15:00        Presentation from the host family

15:00-16:00        Site tour

16:00-16:45        Networking with cider tasting

16:45-17:00        Wrap up and depart


Katy Room, Thatchers Cider Company, Myrtle Farm, Sandford, Somerset, BS25 5RA