- 20 Jan 2024
- 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for this centuries’ old Twelfth Night apple-growing celebration, involving hearty singing in the orchard to encourage a bountiful harvest in 2024.
Enjoy a warming serving of soup, early tea, cider and hot drinks in the Courtyard before processing through the grounds to the orchard in the Walled Garden by the Wassail Queen, where we will ward off the bad spirits by blessing the tree! Don’t forget to bring along an instrument or anything that will help make a noise to add to the festivities!
We will also be joined by special guests, the Kings Pond Shantymen, for some lively traditional songs.
After the Wassail has finished, we will proceed back to the Courtyard where we will be selling hot drinks and cider for you all to enjoy.
Tickets: £15 per adult, £10 per child (age 6-16). Ticket cost includes soup and a mulled cider.
What is a Wassail?
A Twelfth Night tradition, Wassailing involves a procession through an orchard, the banging of pots and pans, and singing to ward off bad spirits whilst pleasing the spirits of the fruit trees. This is done to help ensure a good crop of fruit for the upcoming year.
The Kings Pond Shantymen
We will be joined by the Kings Pond Shantymen, who will be helping us to ward off the bad spirits from the orchard by singing sea shanties.
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