16th January – West Croft Wassail 2016 (Highbridge, Somerset) Preview

Address: West Croft Cider, West Croft Farm, Brent Knoll, Highbridge, Somerset TA9 4BE (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sat 16th January: 7pm-Late (£11)

Tickets: Contact West Croft for ticket details Tel. No: 01278 760762/760259

Event Information: The ledendary West Croft Farm Wassail will take place on 16th January 2016, 7pm till late.

The Wassailing of the trees shall be followed by live music from The Riverbrew Band, food and refreshments.

There will also be appearances from the Langport Mummers and the famous West Croft Belly Dancers and Daft Folk and more!

Wassailing involves chanting incantations and (copiously) drinking the health of apple trees in the hope of being rewarded with a fruitful harvest the following autumn.

Wassailing dates back to the Middle Ages and part of the ritual is to make as much noise as possible in the orchards to scare off demons and awaken the ‘spirits of the apple trees’.

Many of the trees at West Croft Farm were planted shortly after the First World War and they maintain the Victorian ritual of firing shotguns over the orchards to awaken the spirits.

Wassailing (Was hál in Ancient British, literally translated as ‘be you healthy’) was THE bohemian night out of the year in Victorian Somerset and the 17th December at West Croft Farm promises to rival its forebears!

There will be a plethora of traditional foods and cider based drinks available.

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