Join us in January to help revive the ancient tradition of Wassail where we will bless our orchard for the coming year's crop.
Wassail involves a procession to the orchard, making plenty of noise to scare off unfriendly spirits and attract good ones with offerings of cider and toast (some say that this is to attract a robin, which embodies the good spirits).
Special guests will lead us through the music and songs for this old tradition. We’ll make a headdress to wear and design a wand to bring good luck, using natural materials, bells, ribbons and crepe paper. Bring your own hat to decorate if you prefer. We’ll end the event with a glass of cider-based Wassail drink (or apple juice) by our ancient mulberry tree and make a toast to the apple harvest we’ll be enjoying in the autumn.
Come with family and friends, to make some noise, music and magic! Let's scare away unwanted spirits so there can be an epic crop of apples this coming year! Bring noisy instruments, pots, pans and wooden spoons! Dress up! There may be dancing!
£8 per adult £4 per child
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Wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather.
There might be some walking on grass areas, but we will always be close to the pavement. In this way everyone with access requirements of reduced mobility will still be part of the group ceremony though staying on the easily accessible paths.
Since the event will take place in January and outdoors, we recommend you wear wellies and warm, waterproof clothing. Bring anything noisy, whistles, pots and pans and rattles! If you have an old straw hat at home you can bring it do decorate with leaves and branches for the celebratory dressing-up. No dogs allowed except for guide dogs (be mindful there will be a lot of noise).
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