Wassail at Days Cottage

Some pictures from Helen and Dave at Days Cottage, taken at their recent Wassail:

– thanking the orchard for the harvest

– welcoming back the sun

– encouraging our good orchard spirits and reminding the trees to wake up after winter

– generally having a good song and dance around the orchard

– Simon our butler/Green Man and masked wassailers enjoying a bonfire afterwards. Continued

Wassail! Horfield Organic Community Orchard – Saturday 20th January

All are welcome to Wassail and wake up the fruit trees at Horfield Organic Community Orchard

Saturday 20 January 2024, 2 – 4pm

Toast the orchard for a fruitful harvest

Bring ribbons, clouties & shining things to dress the trees

Make merry with Pigsty Morris

Homemade cake and mulled Orchard juice for sale

We Wassail whatever the weather!

Horfield Organic Community Orchard welcome all to Wassail and wake up the fruit trees at Horfield Organic Community Orchard on Saturday 20 January”, says Shannon Smith aka the Apple Tree Lady. “Whatever the weather – help us liven up a wonderful seasonal tradition that celebrates people, community, and nature”.

The ceremony kicks off soon after 2.30pm. Pigsty Morris bring their dancing and merry making to the festivities. Mulled juice and homemade cake for sale.

To find the Orchard (nearest postcode BS7 8JP):
Walk down the lane beside 22 Kings Drive (between Bishop Road and Kellaway Avenue), turn left and it’s the first gate on the right.
Take the lane beside 134 Longmead Avenue until you come to the last gate on the left.

Dogs on leads, please.

More information at www.community-orchard.org.uk or on this link

Wolds End Orchard Wassail Friday 13th January 2023 

Wassail is on! Friday 13 January 2023 

Eight Bells Inn, Church St, from 7pm, Wolds End Orchard, approx 8pm, Red Lion Tavern, Lower High St, approx 9pm

The Campden Wassailers will meet in The Eight Bells Inn from 7pm to play and enjoy some traditional folk music; at about 8pm there will be a procession to Wolds End Orchard. After the traditional Wassail ceremony at the Orchard –  including singing of the Old Apple Tree Chant and enjoying a glass of mulled cider or apple juice around the fire – there will be a procession from the Orchard to the Red Lion Tavern, where more music will ensue. The Procession is led by ‘Musicianeers’ and followed by ‘Pot Rattlers’ (basically rattling and banging pots or drums) to make a ‘din’ and frighten off evil spirits.

All Hail the Wassail!

Please wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing – site is very uneven and has slopes.

Parking on the High Street or Campden School Car Park.

Please also bring torches or wear battery operated lights for the Grand Procession betwixt pubs and orchard.

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Picture credits:-

Apple Tree with ladder & blue star paper lanterns is courtesy of Janice Burns

All others are courtesy of Julianne Davis and Paul Bryan.

Cinderford Grows Wassail, 14th January 2023

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Cinderford Grows have announced their first Wassail at their new Community Orchard in Steam Mills.  On 14th January 2023 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

They say:
Please join us in this old tradition to wish the trees good health for the year ahead. Apple juice as a refreshment will be provided, but please bring your own cup or drinking vessel as well as battery operated torches. If you own any loud instruments, you are welcome to bring them along, or alternatively bring some pots and pans to bang!

Wrap up warm for the festivities, and please wear appropriate footwear as the ground is uneven in places.

We look forward to seeing you from 4pm! Parking at the site is limited, so please keep this in mind.

The Steam Mills Community Orchard is located at the South end of the playing field. What3words: painting.overture.vote.

If you have any questions, please send one of us a message or comment on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/6168926016514570/

Wassail at Horfield Community Orchard, 14th Jan 2023

Cidering the apple tree roots – Wassail 2021

Wassail at Horfield Organic Community Orchard, Bristol on Saturday 14 January, 2-4pm

  • Mulled juice & home made cakes for sale
  • Bring clouties & shiny things to dress the trees

To find the orchard (nearest postcode BS7 8JP) – Walk down the lane beside 22 Kings Drive (between Bishop Road & Kellaway Avenue), turn left and it’s the first gate on the right.


Take the lane beside 134 Longmead Avenue (BS7 8QQ) until you come to the last gate on the left.

Contact HOCO c/o the website to sign up for up-to-date information: www.community-orchard.org.uk

Phone: 0117 373 1587

Hartpury Orchard Centre Wassail 3rd Feb 2023

Wassail, the traditional winter festival at Hartpury Orchard Centre

Blackwell’s End GL19 3DB

Friday 3rd February 2023, 6.30pm for 7pm

Hot food and bar with cider & perry

Wrap up warm, bring a torch, and come and enjoy an evening with the traditional customs of toasting the orchards, wassailing the trees, pouring cider on their roots.

Food and singing in the open shed afterwards with Rob and Gillian from May Hill on hurdy gurdy, pipe and drums!

Admission free!

Charge for food and drink – and donation buckets!

BBC feature on local orchards

The BBC news website featured traditional orchards last week, timed to coincide with Apple Day.

It highlighted the work being carried out to conserve orchards, and traditional varieties, locally and regionally in Somerset and Gloucestershire  The article also highlighted the work of PTES and the Orchard Network nationally.

For Gloucestershire both GOT and the Wildlife Trust were mentioned, discussing local sites and the work being done to find and conserve local varieties.

For the full article click here:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-63298873

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