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Traditional wassail events take place in Forest of Dean

Posted on 22nd January 2014

Villages around the Forest of Dean area have been holding wassailing events throughout January, and more villages will be putting on similar activities at the beginning of February.

Wassailing – a form of carolling in which groups of people sing to trees and orchards to promote a good harvest for the coming year – has already taken place at English Bicknor, a village that is close-by to much of the most attractive holiday cottage accommodation in the Forest of Dean, on 17th January.

The wassail procession started at the local village hall before being led by people carrying flaming torches to a nearby orchard, where an ancient apple tree was blessed with cider-soaked toast and traditional wassailing songs around a flaming brazier.

Another wassail activity has been planned for Sunday 2nd February at Ragman’s Lane Farm from 4-6pm. Here, a procession will make its way through the farm’s orchards, and after the event a bonfire will be lit and the band Life of Riley will perform.

Everyone in the area, locals and visitors alike, have been invited to attend.

Image Credit: muffinn (flickr.com)