Walthamstow Wassail 2012

Family Wassail
Saturday January 14th 2012

2.30pm–3.45pm at The Vestry House Museum. Learn Wassail songs and make lanterns.

4pm–5pm Lantern parade around Walthamstow village, to include Holmcroft House sheltered accommodation the Village Square and wassailing local apple trees. Parade ends at Wingfield Park.

First child £2 

Additional child £1

All children must be accompanied 
by a responsible adult. All ages welcome.

Sunday January 15th 2012

11am–1pm Learn Wassail songs by ear 
at The Vestry House Museum

2pm–4pm Learn Wassail songs from sheet music at the Nags Head pub, Orford Rd.

4pm-8pm All assemble at the Nags Head; performances include Collard Court sheltered housing, wassailing an apple tree, and singing whilst walking up to the Folk Club at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Pub, Hoe St (doors open 7.30pm)

Suggested donation £2

07764 335840


  • Wassailing is a centuries-old British tradition for marking the New
    Year, where a group of people walk round their neighbourhood
    singing special songs called "wassails". Traditionally, the
    wassailing has two strands - going from door to door being welcomed
    in local houses, and blessing apple trees and beehives so that they
    are fruitful and productive in the coming year. There are old
    recipes for wassail drinks to go with these activities, and
    descriptions of "wassail cups" which are the vessels out of which
    these would have been drunk. These traditions still continue
    unbroken in some parts of Britain, such as Cornwall. In other
    areas, it has been revived more recently, and it is common for
    these celebrations to take place on, or close to, January 17th, the
    "old" New Year's Eve.

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