Chawton House Library

Orchard Wassail

Following the success of last year's night time merry-making, Chawton House Library are hosting their second annual Wassail

Join us for this magical evening 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 a choice of two soups and bread rolls to round off the evening (included in ticket price).

Event Details


Wednesday 17 January 2017


Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ


Tickets: £15; Children (6-16) £7.50 (hot drink on arrival, choice of two soups with bread roll and cold or hot drink with food)

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