January is of course the traditional time to go wassailing.

Here are some very special events that we recommend in Somerset.

Know of other events? Leave the details of the event in the comments below.

Walters Farm, Tintinhull Wassail – 7 January 2012 at 7pm

Wassail ceremony for the orchard’s old apple trees followed by music, giant hot dogs, danish pastry and cider punch. Parking at the village hall. Tickets £5 adults, children free. Please contact Anette Lorch to book before 2 Jan 2012. 01935 824868

Mid Somerset Show Wassail Evening – 12 January 2012 at 7pm

At the village green orchard at North Wootton. There will be music, noise, singing, toasting the apple trees, shooting the evil spirits plus bonfire, cider, soft drink bar and pig roast. There is no charge or booking needed for the outdoor part of the evening. Afterwards there will be entertainment in the Village Hall for members of the Society at £5 per head. This will include a ploughmans supper, apple muffins and entertainment. Members should book tickets with Bill Bartlett 01749 343091

Rich’s Cider Farm Charity Wassail – 14 January 2012 at 7.30pm

At Mill Farm, Watchfield, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 4RD. Come and join the Scrumpy & Western band the Mangledwurzels to serenade the orchards of Rich’s Cider Farm with hot mulled cider and a pig roast. Run in association with the Burnham-on-Sea Rotary Club. All profits go to charity. Tickets £9.50 available from Rich’s Cider Shop. 01278 783651 jan@richscider.co.uk

Somerset Rural Life Museum Wassail – 14 January 2012 at 7.30pm

At Abbey Farm, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury BA6 8DB. There will be music from Rapscallion, barn dance, family activities and seasonal refreshments. Tickets £8 for adults, £5 for children. Pre-booking is necessary. 01458 831197 heritagelearning@somerset.gov.uk

Kilmersdon Wassail – 21 January 2012 at 12.00 noon

At Kilmersdon Village Hall, Radstock, Bath BA3 5TD. Ploughman’s lunches will be available and the 2012 Wassail Queen will be crowned at approximately 1.15pm. The Village Band will be in attendance and the Cam Valley Morrismen. This will be followed by a procession to the Community Orchard where the ceremony will take place and then on to the Old School House for tea and apple cake. The event is FREE apart form buying a ploughman’s lunch if you want to..

For further information contact Martin Horler 01761 437372


  1. Cidersal

    The Welsh Perry & Cider Society are hosting a traditional Wassail at Raglan Cider Mill, Llanarth, Raglan NP15 2LU on Saturday 28th January.  The Chepstow Widders – border morris dancers – are coming to dance and provide music.  There will be the traditional ceremony, food and a wide range of Welsh ciders and perries.  Tickets are £3 for members and £4 for non-members available from the WPCS office (01495 240983) or from Raglan Cider Mill (01600 780258).

  2. Thorne Sue

    Chestnut Farm, Edithmead. 7.30pm

  3. The first ever Pips Cider / Dorstone (Herefordshire) Wassail was held on Saturday 7th January 2012 at Pips Cider farm.  It was attended by more than 100 people who marched from the Pandy Pub to the orchard. 

    Music and dance was provided by Morris Dancers, Foxwhelp.  The cider used for the ceremony was produced from apples in the same orchard. 

    We plan to hold this as an annual event from now on.  See http://www.pipscider.com for more details.

  4. WillesdenGreenWassail

    When I launched the WGW in 2010 it was because there were no other such Urban Wassails in the Big Smoke. We’re delighted to have inspired the creation of several such celebrations from Chiswick to Hackney, and we’re back for our third.Featured Acts Including the Incredible…Adam Kammerling http://adamkammerling.co.uk/
    The Leano www.theleano.com
    PoetCurious www.artofcurious.blogspot.com
    Sophie McKeand http://sophiemckeand.com/
    Jean-Marc Pierson http://www.meetup.com/Story-meal/
    Poetic Pilgrimage http://www.myspace.com/poeticpilgrimage
    aaaand special guest Def Jam Poet Jon Goode http://thecollegeagency.com/artists/jon_goode.cfm
    If you have a hand drum and skill with rhythm please bring your instruments to make the walk more wondrous

    Last year the Lonely Planet blog named this one of the most inspiring Winter activities in the whole of the UK…read on!

    In the icy depths of January, folks in rural England walk through orchards to sing and celebrate their apple trees.

    And something similar will be happening in Willesden Green for the third time in as many years.
    Come join the crowd and our special guest performance artists to reclaim an ancient ritual in an unusually urban setting. 
    Whereas our friends in the countryside sing to the trees, we shall be taking a walk to celebrate those who bring food to us every day – whether that’s the friendly folks at the Anatolian Flame Grill, Willesden Fisheries or the BuyWise cornershop.

    Lovingly gathered and led by founder Rachel Rose Reid and Transition Town Willesden. 
    Gather at 2.15pm at Willesden Green Tube station for 2.30pm, 
    22nd January


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