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Redcatch Community Garden Wassail

Redcatch Community Garden

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Redcatch Community Garden, Redcatch Park, Knowle, BS4 2RD ​

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Join Redcatch Community Garden and Heartwood Chorus on Sunday 14 January 2024 to celebrate the blessing of the apple trees with song and a special Wassail Ceremony 🍏
12:30-1:15pm – Join us in preparing for the Wassail Ceremony at our crown-making workshop. Discover the magic of intertwining natural elements—twigs, leaves, and seasonal foliage—to fashion a headdress that honours the essence of this centuries-old tradition!
Tickets for crown making workshop are £3 from

1.30pm – A free singing workshop in the beautiful canopy space, open to everyone who’d like to learn the Apple Wassail song. Lyric sheets will be provided. Harmony parts will be taught (but feel free just to sing the tune). The workshop will be led by Heartwood Chorus.

The Wassail ritual. We’ll pour cider on the roots of the apple trees, chant, sing and bang pots and pans to ward off evil spirits (please bring a pot to bang if you’d like!)

3pm – Bridgestow Village Band play, feel free to join in!

All are welcome, all ages, all abilities, all voices: no experience necessary. This is a folk tradition and isn’t a polished thing, and we believe singing is something to take part in, not just to listen to. If you think you don’t have much of a singing voice, we especially encourage you. Come and have a go!

Wassailing is a Twelfth Night tradition that has been practised in England for centuries. Come and participate in an old English folk tradition, where we bless our little apple trees so that they have plentiful harvests in the future. It has its roots in a pagan custom of visiting orchards to sing to the trees and spirits in the hope of ensuring a good harvest the following season.

Though there are no rules, some folk like to dress in very bright colours when Wassailing. Feel free to dress brightly!

Mulled Apple, Mulled Cider and hot food available.

We hope that the apple trees we bless will grow into mature trees and bear fruit for the community for many years to come! 🙏🏼💚

Photo by Cappel Photography from the Get Growing Trail 2022.

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