Time to go a’Wassailing in Addiscombe Railway Park, Jan 28

The community orchard in Addiscombe Railway Park will be staging their now traditional (this is the second year) Wassailing ceremony this Saturday, January 28.

296f60_df1964e7e108405483b0c58f97be6722Based on ancient pagan fertility ceremonies, the event will include traditional wassailing songs to wake up the trees in the orchard from their winter slumbers, get the sap rising  and bring a fruitful harvest for the coming year.

The event begins just before dusk, at 3pm, and lasts until 5pm, or when the home brew and cider runs out, whichever is the sooner. Family friendly, children are very welcome, but please wear your warmest and brightest clothes and bring your musical instruments, drums, tins, or anything to bang and make a noise.

Anyone wishing to have a tour of the park should arrive early.

Organised by the Friends of Addiscombe Railway Park, volunteers will be bringing refreshments to share, including hot drinks and cake – and a huge cup of hot wassail to be passed around.

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