Traditional wassailing ceremonies pop-up across Somerset

PUBLISHED: 21:00 12 January 2018

Villagers enjoy Hutton Wassail in 2016.

Villagers enjoy Hutton Wassail in 2016.

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A centuries-old West Country tradition will begin this week, with villagers visiting orchards in droves.

Wassailing ceremonies will be held across North Somerset this month, as revellers try to banish ghosts and wake cider apple trees from their slumber after the harvest.

Villagers are encouraged to go along armed with pots and pans as an apple king and queen lead famous old rhymes to rid the orchards of evil spirits.

And after the traditions are completed, crack open a classic scrumpy and enjoy some live music at these quintessentially Somerset celebrations.

The festivities begin at Congresbury’s Millennium Green on Saturday at 3pm.

And keep an eye out for wassails in Hutton, Highbridge, Kingston Seymour, and Wick St Lawrence over the coming weeks.

You are sure to leave having enjoyed a memorable experience.

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