wassail feast

Wassailing Feast (Ticketed)

Saturday 20 January 2018
3.30pm - 8.00pm

Book your tickets to our Wassailing Feast on Saturday 20 January 2018. Get into the Wassail spirit with a torchlit procession to the orchard at Bayleaf Farmstead, with song and short performances. Join in with the ‘Wassail’ shout and make lots of noise to bless our trees by singing and shooing away the bad spirits. A blessing will be performed; slices of  toast will be tied to apple tree branches and cider poured over the tree roots. The ceremony is said to bless the trees to produce a good crop in the forthcoming season.

After the ceremony, head to the Museum’s waterside Wattle & Daub café for a sumptuous four-course apple-themed feast, before departing at 8.00pm. View the feast menu online here. There will be entertainment and making merry in the true spirit of wassail!

Booking is essential – tickets £45 per head. Tables of 2-12 can be booked.


***SORRY – booking is now closed for this event***


“Stand fast root, bear well top

Pray the God send us a howling good crop.
Every twig, apples big.
Every bough, apples now.”

— 19th century Sussex, Surrey


Important information for visitors

The Museum will be open to those with pre-booked tickets on the evening of Saturday 20 January 2018. Tickets include Wassailing in the orchard at 3.30pm and the Wassailing Dinner from 5pm As this is an evening event, it is not included in our Annual Membership package – members are required to pre-book tickets.

Over 18s only.

Please refer to your ticket and booking information for details or call us on 01243 811363. Please wear suitable clothes and sturdy footwear for exploring the orchard.

Wassailing in the orchard at 3.30pm is optional – you can head straight to the café at 5pm if you wish.

Due to the nature of this event, dogs (accept assistance dogs) are not permitted. Please note that the Museum is a no-smoking site.

All activities are subject to change.

Menu is subject to change. Please inform the Museum of any dietary requirements and/or allergies at least 3 full days in advance of the feast date. Call 01243 811363 or email [email protected].