Wassail in the Orchard
January 28th, 2024,3:30 pm - 7:45 pm£4.00 - £8.00
A Wassail in our heritage Orchard, for all.
We bring the ancient Orchard Wassailing tradition to the city.
Wassail is an ancient rural custom intended to wake up the sleeping spirits of fruit trees and encourage them to get growing in the hope of a good harvest of apples and fruit in the summer
Join us for raucous music, stories, songs and a torchlit parade to the Orchard, where we will bless the trees with toast and cider.
Leading the jollities will be Beorma, a mixed side of lively Border Morris dancers.
Morris as you have never experienced it before “Dumping tradition on the unwary since 2012“.
Our friendly Wild Green Man of the Woods returns to provide more music and stories and will lead you in the traditional songs associated with the ceremony..
Feel free to join in the singing and the dancing as you will (bring your own pots, pans , whistles -things to make a noise – and join in ).
Warmed apple juice and spiced cider will be available for sale.
Please note the Gardens will be dark and we will be walking over muddy ground. Please dress accordingly. Children are very welcome.
Simple crafts to create noise making things maybe on offer – weather dependent
Stories, Music, Dancing from 3.30pm
Procession starts at 5.30 pm
Please note: Last entry 5pm.
with thanks to Richard Battye Studio for the photos