Let's Wassail!

Morris Dancers and a violinist at Barrington Court

This corner of the National Trust is pretty passionate about apple trees. Bring the family to make some noise and scare away bad spirits so there is a bumper crop of apples next autumn!

Here in South Somerset, the National Trust holds a national collection of apple trees. In the summer, cider made at Barrington Court, from apples grown in orchards across four local properties, won the Overall Drink award at the National Trust’s Fine Farm Produce awards.

So join in a traditional Wassail, an ancient tradition that involves processing to the orchards, making plenty of noise to scare off evil spirits and attracting good spirits with offerings of cider and toast (some say the toast is to attract a robin, which embodies the good spirits).

At Barrington Court there are two chances to join the Wassail, on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 January. Bring all the family to a craft workshop between 11am-12.30 in the old kitchen, and make your own wassailing stick with streamers to help frighten the evil spirits!

Then at 2pm join the procession, led by Morris dancers, into the orchard, where there will be songs and merriment to encourage the trees into producing another good year of fruit.