25th January – The Welsh Perry & Cider Society Wassail 2014 (Llanarth, Usk) Preview

Address: Raglan Cider Mill, Tynewydd Farm, Llanarth, Usk, NP15 2LU (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sat 25th January: 5:30pm-Late (£4* WPCS members/£5* non-members)

* = Includes a cup of hot wassail

Tickets: Either through WPCS on 01495 240983 or alternatively through Raglan Cider Mill on 01600 780258.

Ciders/Perries: There will be a wide range of Welsh ciders & perry available.

Food: Food will be available.

Event Information: The tradition of wassailing usually takes place on old Twelfth Night, 17 January and is considered a ceremony to awake the cider apple trees and ward off evil spirits and ensure a good harvest the following autumn.

Ceremonies may differ from village to village, but a Wassail Queen is usually lifted into the boughs of an apple tree where she will then place toast soaked in the beverage Wassail (a hot-mulled cider) as a gift to the tree spirits. Cider is also poured over the roots of the tree and an incantation recited. What follows is much singing, dancing, cider drinking and merriment.

Directions: From Abergavenny take the B4598 towards Usk.  After approximately 4 miles turn left to Llanarth.  Travel up the hill, through Llanarth village.  Raglan Cider Mill is the first turning on the right after you have left Llanarth village.

From Raglan take the B4598 signposted to Clytha.  After approximately 4 miles turn right to Llanarth (after you have passed the Clytha Arms pub on your right).  Travel up the hill, through Llanarth village.  Raglan Cider Mill is the first turning on the right after you have left Llanarth village.

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