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).
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)
Further information is available on the website https://chawtonhouse.org/whats-on/evening-orchard-wassail-2/
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