No New Year festivity is complete without a traditional Wassail. Come and join us as we wake the trees from their Winter slumber...

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Come and join us as Dartmoor Border Morris leads the Wassail as we celebrate and hope for a good harvest next year.

Before the wassailing can begin, there will be a traditional mummers play performed in the Great Barn.

The Great Barn has been transformed into a woodland forest with twinkling Christmas trees and a River of Light through the middle of the Barn.

The mummers play or mumming is an ancient custom which means 'making a diversion in disguise'. The morris dancers will wear silly costumes, put on a play with a silly plot and of course include lots of dancing!

After the Mummers play and dancing - everyone will head to the orchard, where we will celebrate for a good harvest by making offerings to the trees with cider and toast.

We need to make as much noise as possible to wake the apple trees from their winter slumber. We need as many people to bring pots and pans and anything noisy to help chase away any bad luck in the hopes of getting a good harvest next year.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Buckland Abbey


From 14 September onwards
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £13.20 £12.00
Child £6.60 £6.00
Family £33.00 £30.00
Family one adult £19.80 £18.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 10
N/A £11.50
Group Child
Minimum group size 10
N/A £6.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

The basics

Meeting point
Head to Visitor Welcome once you have parked
What to bring and wear
It can be chilly, so wrap up warm. Wear walking boots or sturdy shoes in the orchard.
The barn is wheelchair and pushchair friendly. There will be no seating provided for the play. The path in the orchard is quite steep and very uneven.

Contact Info

Buckland Abbey
Call 01822 853607

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