Come and join us for a lively evening in the orchard, with a bonfire, pizza, a barbecue, wines, ales and cider as we get out the Wassail! cup, hold a flaming torch procession and bless the apple trees, hang toast on the trees wishing them good health to wake the trees for the following year.
Traditionally takes place on the "Ole Twelvey Night" around the 17th January, we are combining this date with pay day so your post-Christmas shocked wallets will have recovered a bit!
It's an opportunity in that dark dismal period after Christmas, when the tree is down and twinkly lights have faded to cold, to bring a bit of life, fire and warmth to the tail-end of winter and remind ourselves that Spring and warmer longer day are within sight.
We'll be holding the event in our orchard on Back Lane Wessington. Our orchard contains around 50 trees, now coming into full maturity, and it has all of the Derbyshire varieties of apple trees, some cider trees and other locally important varieties. Includes a glass of Cider punch, or non-alcoholic spiced apple punch.
There will be woodfired pizza by Woodland Pizza Co., a BBQ, face-painting, themed games, bar with roaring fire and a bonfire!
For the grown-ups there's a Green Man themed hat or headdress competition there's a decent prize too! The headdress will need to be made of all natural and recyclable materials. It's outward appearance must be of natural materials of course.
For the kids a there is a fruit themed fancy dress competition, a cloak or a headdress is acceptable and again it must be made of natural and recycled materials.
Ticket Price includes a glass of warm cider punch (non-alcoholic will also be available) and £1.50 from each ticket sale goes directly to Wessington Primary School. Kids free!
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the likely wet ground conditions at this time of year there will be no parking on site. We therefore ask people to park considerately in the village and walk down to us. The limited parking will be reserved for vendors and their vehicles and exceptional disabled parking spaces for 3 cars.
Also, please bring a torch and be well-wrapped up for the weather. Stout boots and wellies recommended!
For every adult ticket sold (kids are free) we'll donate £1.50 to Friends of Wessington Primary School.
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