Ancient custom celebrating the life-giving properties of trees.
At the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Sunday 1 December
HUNDREDS OF LANTERNS ILLUMINATE A WINTER AFTERNOON
The annual Tree Dressing event at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, at Singleton, near Chichester, West Sussex, is a fascinating and unusual celebration for all the family of the life-giving properties of trees. The day’s finale as darkness falls is a stunning procession and spiral dance around two magnificent aspen trees, which are dressed with hundreds of lanterns made during the afternoon.
CELEBRATING OUR TRADITIONAL ROOTS
With its origins in the Green Man legends and other ancient customs celebrating the life-giving properties of trees and the natural world, the Tree Dressing event enables visitors to enjoy and join in traditional songs, dances, plays and stories about trees and the countryside. Visitors are invited to make a lantern during the afternoon (bring a jam jar!) which is then lit for the final procession. The lanterns are hung in the aspen trees making a spectacular display of colour and light to brighten a winter afternoon on the Museum’s beautiful site in the South Downs National Park.