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Dalton Moor Farm - Vegan Fruit Farm and

FREE ‘Twelfth Night’ morning Orchard Wassail for Schools

Join us for a special Schools Wassail of our Orchards. Wassailing is an ancient tradition for blessing orchards to encourage a good apple harvest. The celebration involves Ivy, music, dance, toast and Wassail Punch Suitable for all age groups, this FREE visit covers a broad range of NC subjects.

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FREE ‘Twelfth Night’  morning Orchard Wassail for Schools
FREE ‘Twelfth Night’  morning Orchard Wassail for Schools

Time & Location

05 Jan 2023, 10:00 – 12:00

Dalton Moor Farm - Vegan Fruit Farm and , Dalton Moor Farm, Dalton Moor Lane, Off, Truro Ave, Murton, Dalton-le-Dale, Seaham SR7 9JY, UK

About the Event

The morning Wassail is especially for schools.

Book early for your school to take part.

Space for up to 60 in the party including children and adults

Wassail, meaning ‘Good Health’, is a traditional celebration of Orchards.

It is held on twelfth night, which in the modern calendar is 5th January, but in the old calendar was 17th January.

Wassailers wear crowns made from evergreen foliage, usually Ivy.

They parade through the orchards, singing and making a noise with drums, to frighten off any evil spirits who may be hiding among the branches.

Toast is hung in the trees to encourage birds to come to eat bugs and insects that might harm the young fruits from forming properly.

Wassail punch is drunk to toast the orchards and is generally shared with the strongest tree in the orchard to encourage strong growth for all the trees.

You will have a chance to learn about Wassailing, and to weave an Ivy crown.

Then parade through the orchards, beating a drum, or similar noisy item, and perhaps singing a Wassail song that you have learned in the morning or beforehand in the school classroom.

Then hang some toast in the trees for the birds and join in the Wassail toast, with some tasty warm Wassail Punch, to share with the trees.

A fun and educational morning covering a broad range of NC subjects including history, science, geography, maths, technology, sustainability, society, english language and literature, spirituality and more. Suitable for all age groups.

Contact Jenny to find out more and book your place. In most cases the visit will be free of charge.

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