Herefordshire Wassailing 2022
Wrap up warm, put on your wellies and join in the ancient tradition of wassailing in the UK’s apple-growing heartland of Herefordshire.
We have created a list of family-friendly wassailing events taking place across Herefordshire in January 2022 for visitors and locals to enjoy. Please ensure you check the relative website before leaving in case of changes due to the pandemic.
Thursday 6 January
Saturday 8 January
Westons Cider will be holding a wassail from 6pm on Saturday 8 January in conjunction with Silurian Morris Men, starting from Westons Cider Mill (HR8 2NQ). There is no need to book for this free event, but any donations made will go to St Michael’s Hospice. Refreshments will be available on the night, including hot mulled cider and delicious culinary treats.
Saturday 15 January
Jenny Pipes Morris will meet at Corn Square, Leominster, on Saturday 15 January at 11am before heading to the Millennium Green orchard to join in the wassail. Grange Court will be open and offering soup and refreshments afterwards.
As an award-winning cider pub, The Crown Inn at Woolhope embraces this great excuse for merriment and will meet at 5pm on Saturday 15 January ahead of the 6pm procession to the orchard. Their onsite holiday cottage sleeps up to 14, so this is a great winter weekend family and friends getaway.
Saturday 22 January
On Saturday 22 January, join Colwall Orchard Group at the Colwall Village Garden for their annual wassailing event.
Wassailing (Wassail is thought to be derived from the old English ‘was hal’, meaning ‘good health’ or ‘be well’) is the ancient tradition of blessing trees in the hope of promoting a good harvest for the next cider and perry season, and warding off bad spirits from the orchard. This Anglo-Saxon custom is said to date back many centuries and is still a lively and treasured tradition across cider and perry-making counties today. More details here.
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