The ancient tradition of wassailing is coming to The Folk of Gloucester this January 2023, as it hosts its Apple Tree Wassail, paying homage to its unique Ashmead Kernel apple tree.
The tree is unique to Gloucester, producing a traditional russet apple with a pear-like flavour that isn't found in shops.
The Apple Tree Wassail involves singing a rousing blessing to the tree to encourage it to have a healthy yield at harvest time, reviving a tradition that's been taking place in Gloucestershire's orchards for hundreds of years.
The family-friendly event also features live music, Morris dancing workshops and performances, as well activities with the Westgate Street artist-in-residence.
The Apple Tree Wassail takes place on Saturday 14 January 2023 at The Folk of Gloucester on Westgate Street, with the festivities starting at 12pm and the blessing taking place at 3pm.
Entry is free, with donations gratefully received.