Orchard wassail

Sunday 17th January 2016
1pm – 4pm, ceremony begins at 2pm

Join us at the Forty Hall Farm Orchard for our annual blessing of the fruit trees!

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.

The wassail drink is customarily made with cider or apple juice and everyone joins in the wassail song. Toast is dipped in the juice and hung on the tree as a blessing.

This year’s ceremony will begin at 2pm on Sunday 17th January 2016, in the Forty Hall Farm Orchard. Bring music instruments to play, or pots and pans to bang to help ward off the evil spirits!

Free entry with a suggested £2 donation. Visit the Forty Hall Farm Orchard facebook page for more information about the Orchard.