• Wassail procession leaders blue sky with T house
  • Zoe and mike facing in perry mill
  • Morris dancing at Wassailing

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Children Go Free is back * (two children free with each full price adult ticket purchased, no need to buy child tickets just show adult ticket) To open up the Museum we have planned a traditional ‘Waking Up with Wassailing’ over five days during the February half term week from Wednesday 14th February to Sunday 18th and February 2024.

We will have two processions taking place each day at 11.00am and 1.30pm so there will be plenty of time to visit some of our historical buildings and grounds or take part in our Wassailing Activities, while enjoying some music before or following the Wassailing.

Our visitors will be encouraged to join in the procession (feel free to dress up in bright colours and capes and cloaks) and sing along song sheets with traditional wassailing songs (song sheets will be provided) and making a noise with pots, pans and bells.(feel free to bring your own and we will provide some as well) A King and Queen of the Wassail will be selected by our procession leader crowned a greenery wreath. Before the gathered crowd forms a procession that will wind its way to the Avoncroft Orchard.

A special Wassail (toast) will be made to the trees in our beautiful Orchard by all gathered and trees will be selected for decorating. Along with some learning opportunity surrounding our historical cider press and a chance to take part in wassailing themed activities.

The procession will arrive back at the Guesten Hall where some warmed mulled apple juice will be given out so we can all make a grand Wassail (toast) and sing the Wassail song,

So what is Wassailing? The word wassailing is believed to derive from the Old English ‘was hal’, meaning ‘be hale’ or ‘good health’.

Wassailing dates to the Anglo-Saxon era and traditionally took place on the twelfth night after Christmas, now wassails usually take place between late December and February.

The practice of blessing orchards to ensure a good harvest for the year to come.

We plan for all things apple and pear to be on sale in our cosy tea rooms including mulled apple juice and mulled cider apple cake and more.

Please note a daily ticket will be required for entry to the Museum or free to members.

Expect Morris Dancing and a Craft Fair at the Weekend on 17 and 18 February.


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