New Year, new Wassail!

With Christmas come and gone and twelfth night fast approaching, our attention turns to an ancient tradition that is now becoming a Forty Hall Farm tradition – our annual Orchard Wassail!

For on Sunday 18th January 2015, we will be awakening from our cosy hibernation, wrapping up warm and heading to the Forty Hall Farm Orchard for our annual Wassailing ceremony.

Wassailing is an ancient social ceremony that has taken place in the southern counties of England for over a thousand years. It is an orchard tradition intended to thank the trees for the fruit they produce and to wake them up for the coming year. Wassail means ‘good health’ in old English.

Join us for this ancient tradition, to awaken the apple trees, scare away winter and bring good luck for the New Year.

Come sun, rain or snow, help toast the good health of our trees, take part in the Wassail poem and help us with laughter, musical instruments, pots, pans or anything else you can bring to make lots of noise!

Free entry. Just bring you, your family and friends, and anything to make noise. Refreshments provided. Please wear suitable footwear for the farm.

For more information, keep an eye on the Forty Hall Farm Orchard website here:

Forty Hall Farm Orchard, Sunday 18th January 2015. Ceremony starts at 1pm. Free entry.