Warm sunny days can, for many, go hand in hand with a nice cold cider.

Following the hot Easter that we've had it seems that the cider season has already gotten started this year.

One of the best activities to enjoy during a British summer is to go tasting at some of the beautiful farms and orchards producing this glorious drink, an activity that can be the making of a magical summer's day.

With many of the farm tours opening around this time of year, we've compiled a list of great places to go.

Torre Cider Farm, Somerset

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Cider casks and orchards at Torre Cider Farm, Watchet, Somerset

This orchard and farm near the historic town of Watchet in Somerset has been producing traditional scrumpy for over 20 years, ranging from dry to medium sweet cider, as well as making fresh apple juice and cider vinegar.

The farm also houses a cafe where visitors can enjoy locally sourced produce and, of course, a glass of fresh cider! Visitors can view the old cider press room and wander around the farm and orchard. With ciders including Sheep Stagger, ​Farmhouse, Bees Knees and Fuzzy Duck there should be one to match everyone's tastes.

Pure North Cider Press, West Yorkshire

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Pure North Cider Press in West Yorkshire uses a blend of traditional cider apples

Nestled in the Holme Valley lies The Pure North Cider Press, where cider is produced from a blend of traditional cider apples and using time honoured methods. All of their ciders use a chosen blend of apples, are fermented naturally, and are full of anti-oxidants. They are also all pressed by hand. They include dry, bottle conditioned champagne style ciders and oak aged ciders. On a tour of the orchard and cider house, you can taste up to five varieties and enjoy a meal.

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, Cornwall

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Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm near Newquay, Cornwall

This family-run farm located near Newquay, Cornwall, has been making the most of their apples for over 30 years. Producers of the famous Cornish Rattler cider, the farm produces an array of award-winning ciders. Visitors can experience a tour that allows them to see every process of cider pressing from start to finish. There’s also a restaurant, tea rooms, farm shop and an animal courtyard for the little ones. Recently visited by Prince William and Kate Middleton, this is a cider experience not to be missed.

Sheppy's Cider Farm near Taunton, Somerset

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Sheppy's Cider Farm near Taunton, Somerset

At Sheppy's there are several guides who will give you a fun, interesting and memorable visit whilst teaching you about their orchards, the harvest, cider pressing and storage and maturing in oak and steel. Sheppys are one of the oldest craft cider making families in the world, with a history that goes back more than 200 years, and even run their own festivals. With a range of ciders too long to list, visitors can taste special editions, vintage, cloudy and fruit ciders.

Burrow Hill Cider Farm, Somerset

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Burrow Hill Cider Farm, Martock, Somerset

Described as "the Garden of Eden on Tap", the cider and cider brandys at Burrow Hill Cider Farm are delectable. The team have been selling Burrow Hill Cider at Glastonbury Festival since the very beginning, and run the Somerset Cider Bus which has been there for the past 30 years. Visitors can wander freely around the farm and 30 minute orchard trail or arrange more formal hour and a half long tours. Drinks are available to sample amongst 170 year old vats, with varieties including Ice Cider, Stoke Red Bottle Fermented Sparkling Cider, and of course the aptly named Burrow Hill.

Haywood Farm, Cornwall

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Visitors can learn the ins and outs of cider making at Haywood Farm, Wadebridge, Cornwall

Cider has been produced for centuries on the granite cider press at Haywood Farm in Wadebridge, Cornwall. The farm runs walking tours of it's orchards, which teach visitors about the varieties of apple they grow for cider and juice, and gives tips on growing apples. They also give a demonstration on propagating apple trees before heading back to the cider house for a Cornish cheese board and – most importantly – cider sampling. Sweet, medium, dry and mulled versions of the farm's traditional brand are available.