Skip to: main navigation | main content | sitemap | accessibility page

 
 

256

Days to go

 

North Wootton Wassail

Our next Wassail will be in January 2017. Venue and date to be confirmed.

Wednesday 11th January 2017

£7.50

North Wootton Village Orchard, North Wootton, Shepton Mallet

 
North Wootton Wassail

Wassailing: An ancient tradition

Our traditional Wassail ceremony, takes place in North Wootton mid-January, and is used to ensure a good cider apple harvest for the following year. By blessing the cider apple trees and warding off unwanted spirits it is hoped a good harvest will follow. Instruments and noise are used to scare away the unwanted spirits. A Wassail Queen is chosen from the assembled crowd and a bonfire lit to ward off the evil spirits.

Entertainment and cider

After the bonfire and wassail ceremony there is entertainment in the Village Hall Trevor Hoddinot playing traditional music, as well as the Langport Mummers and the Beetle Crushers clog dancers.

A ploughman’s supper is served and the cider is flowing.

It’s a fun evening keeping along standing rural tradition alive.

North Wootton Wassail
 

Become a member of the Mid-Somerset Agricultural Society

  • Free ringside or general car parking on show day
  • Members-only exclusive events throughout the year
  • Free membership badges and entry to Members facilities on show day
  • Help sustain one of Mid-Somerset’s most popular events

Become a member