Wassail 2019 at St Ives Community Orchard

Join us for our Apple Wassail at the St Ives Community Orchard. It's been postponed to 4pm  Sunday 17th February. 

Bring along something to make a noise, like a musical instrument or a pot & spoon to bang and clang.  Dress in winter greenery and bring your own mug to join us in toasting the trees with some cider or apple juice.

We will also have a 'Wild Wassail Bar' set up close to the bonfire, run by Josh from 'Wild St Ives, adding in some of his wild foraged herbs and spices to the mulled cider. Cider made by St Ives Cider. There will also be a tent in case of rain provided by Jabula Tents

The Apple Wassail is a very old tradition practised in the apple orchards of southern England during the winter. The purpose of wassailing is to awaken the trees from their winter slumber and to bless them with mulled cider and pieces of toast dipped in cider to produce a good harvest for the coming year. Ceremonies of each wassail vary from village to village but usually involve bonfires, making a lot of noise, dancing & drinking mulled cider.

This will now be our 3rd Wassail at St Ives Community orchard and generally everyone gathers around the Sunset Apple tree with our wassail bowl full of cider to start the ceremony which is led by Alan Jones and members of the Cornwall School of Mystery and Magic.
It involves blessings, the singing of the Wassailing song & dance and much shouting of 'Huzzah'! Everyone then snakes their way around the orchard, weaving in and out of the trees, banging pots and pans & drums to awake the cider apple trees and to scare away evil spirits, giving them a sip of cider and placing soaked cider toast on their budding branches. The bonfire will then be lit & there will be mulled cider available from our 'Wild Wassail Bar'. You can also enter the spirit by making and wearing ivy and willow wreaths, materials available at the orchard to make them from.
NB: there is limited parking and no public toilets

 

 

Drink, Eat, be merry, and wish our trees ‘Waes heal’ (good health)
Wassail the trees, that they may bear
Many a plum, and many a pear
For more or less fruits they will bring,
As you do give them wassailing. -Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

The Wassail Song we shall sing.

Old apple tree we wassail thee
And hoping thou will bear
For the Lord doth know where we shall be
'Til apples come another year

For to bear well and to bloom well
So merry let us be
Let everyone take off their hats
And cry 'Health' to the old apple tree

Old apple tree we wassail thee
And hoping thou will bear
Hat fulls, cap fulls, three bushel bag fulls
in a little heap under the stairs

Huzza Huzza

'Huzza' is an old English word to express approval or delight - like Hooray

Hope to see you there.
Click here to see our very first wassail in 2017 and in Wassail 2018

A great blog about wassailing on Trelissick National Trust blog and lovely illustration used on our poster by Sonia Hensler, thank you for letting us use it. More info on this blog too -  Awakening Nature with Wassails

Wassailing Song

The song we shall sing.

St Ives Orchard Wassail 2017

Our first ever Wassail in St Ives

Dancing at the Wassail

We may be attempting to do this dance around the tree for the first time

Here we come a Wassailing son

This would also be a good one to sing