Saturday 15th January 2022

Venue: Chawton House

Join us for this centuries’ old Twelfth Night apple-growing celebration, involving hearty singing in the orchard to encourage a bountiful harvest in 2022.  

Bring along an instrument or anything that will help make a noise to add to the festivities and a torch for the procession through the grounds to the orchard in the Walled Garden, where we will ward off the bad spirits. We will be joined by special guests, the Kings Pond Shantymen, for some lively traditional songs before moving to the Courtyard for a warming serving of soup.  

Tickets: £20 per adult, £18 per child (6-16).  Ticket cost includes soup and a mulled cider.  

What is a Wassail?  

A Twelfth Night tradition, Wassailing involves a procession through an orchard, the banging of pots and pans, and singing to ward off bad spirits whilst pleasing the spirits of the fruit trees. This is done to help ensure a good crop of fruit for the upcoming year.  

The Kings Pond Shantymen

We will be joined by the Kings Pond Shantymen, who will be helping us to ward off the bad spirits from the orchard by singing sea shanties. Copies of their CD will be available to purchase on the night and they will be collecting for the RNLI

The Kings Pond Shantymen at Chawton House in Jan 2020.