Wassail gets its name from the Old English term “waes hael”, meaning “be well” and is a tradition to awaken cider apple trees from their winter slumber. #WassailWeek

Here is our list of Wassail events across cider land –

  • Sampford Courtney, Solland Farm, EX20 3QT – Tuesday 16th January 7pm
  • Whimple Wassail Wednesday 17th January 6.30pm New Fountain Inn Organised by Whimple History Society this event has really gown in recent years and sounds a great deal of fun. Starts at 6pm at The New Fountain Inn. Whimple had a long tradition of cider making and the ceremony was restarted in 1993. All the traditional elements of the wassail are carried out
  • North Wootton Wassail – Shepton Mallet – Wednesday 17th January – 6.30pm http://www.midsomersetshow.org.uk/events/view/north-wootton-wassail/
  • Alton Wassail – Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire GU34 1SJ – Wednesday 17th January http://www.altonevents.co.uk/events/2018/chl-orchard-wassail.asp
  • Carhampton (near Dunster) – Wednesday 17th January
  • Dunster – Buttercross Community Orchard – Wednesday 17th January
  • Sheppy’s Cider Wassail 2018 Taunton – Thursday 18th January 7pm £5.00 admission (tickets limited) Book your ticket now by emailing [email protected] More details www.facebook.com/events – Three Bridges, Bradford-on-Tone, TA4 1ER, Taunton.
  • Swan Barn Farm – Surrey – Friday 19th January 6pm – 9pm https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/0bf9d451-fa7d-4013-8427-5274b565a4de/pages/details
  • Rich’s Cider Wassailing – Somerset– Saturday 20th January 7pm – midnight https://www.richscider.co.uk/shop/wassailing-2018-ticket/

  • North Cadbury at The Catash Inn BA22 7DH -Somerset – Saturday 20th January 6pm https://www.bruevalleyrotary.org
  • Wilkins Cider Farm Wassail – Somerset – Saturday 20th January 7.30pm http://wilkinscider.com/ All the cider you can drink and still stay upright, snack food, singing and dancing. There’ll be Ceilidh music in abundance courtesy of The Somerset Levellers. Tickets £10 on the door includes entry from 7.30pm.
  • Camelford Wassail – Saturday 20th January http://www.camelford-tc.gov.uk/wassail-20-january-2018/
  • Wealddown Wassail – Chichester – Saturday 20th January 10.30am – 4pm http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/wassailing-day/
  • Stoke Gabriel Wassail – Saturday 20th January 4pm http://www.yardecider.co.uk/wassail.html
  • Bridport Community Orchard – Sunday 21st January
  • Liberty Fields Wassail, Halstock, Dorset – Sunday 21st January from 3.30pm – 5.30pm. Free event, music from the Ridgeway Singers and Band, warm punch, face painting, wassail hat competition ( with prizes!) and wassail rocket. BA22 9SZ.
  • Boiling Wells Orchard – Hosted by St Werburghs City Farm, Bristol BS2 9XY – Saturday 27th January 12pm – 4pm
  • Formative Pruning with Jane Schofield and Tattwa Gyani – Saturday 20th January 2018. Nr Highampton e-mail [email protected]
  • Tavy and Tamar Apple Group Wassailing – Saturday 20th January 2018 from 6.30 in the parish hall at Bere Ferrers
  • Stoke Gabriel Wassail Saturday 20th January 2018 4pm-8pm (Approx) Mummers, music, dancing, hot food and drink. Awaken the cider apple trees and scare away evil spirits
  • Grafting Day with Tattwa Gyani and Jane Pay- Saturday 12th February 2018. Umberleigh Village Hall e-mail [email protected]
  • Winter Pruning Course – 28th January 2018. Tavistock 10am-3pm To book please email Anne Crozier – [email protected]
  • Your New Orchard – Planning and Planting with Tim Potter – Saturday 10th March 2018. Nr Landkey e-mail [email protected]

So heres our review of this years favourite ciders to enjoy over the festive season.

All guaranteed to give you that warm glow from the inside –

Pouring draught cider at Heck’s in Somerset

  • Red Streak, Perry’s – A medium single variety lightly sparkling cider, from the Somerset Redstreak cider apple. A rich fruity taste, and interesting dark red colour, definately sets this cider apart from the rest. 6.0% ABV.

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This exciting contest gives amateur and small scale food producers a chance to showcase their product and compete against other similar products.

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A Wincanton pub crowned best in UK for cider by CAMRA.

Somerset has long been regarded as the home of proper, high-quality cider.

And now this accolade has been cemented, after a pub near Wincanton was crowed the best place to drink cider in the whole country.

The Unicorn Inn in Bayford has been singled out by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) for its commitment to genuine cider from small, local producers.

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Goodbye Christmas Steps, hello Wapping Wharf!

The time has come to raise a glass to our friends Bristol Cider Shop, at Christmas Steps and wish them as they begin a new adventure at Wapping Wharf!

They will be open for business at Wapping Wharf on Saturday 15/10/16. if you needed any more incentive to go and visit the new shop they will be holding a prize draw over our opening weekend to win vouchers to one of their famous cider tastings!

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