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Evening Orchard Wassail
Tue 17 January 2017, 17:00 – 19:00 GMT
Join us for this magical night of merrymaking following the ancient tradition of the Orchard Wassail! Held on Old Twelfth Night (17 January according to the old Julian calendar rather than 5-6 January in our modern Gregorian calendar) this was the practice, in cider-producing regions of England, of visiting orchards to recite incantations and sing to the trees to promote a good harvest for the coming year. There will be a brief talk about the history of the tradition, followed by a torch-lit procession to the orchard in the Walled Garden, where there will be singing and toasting around the Bramley tree. Guests can warm up in the Old Kitchen with soup and rolls to round off the evening (included in ticket price).