Wassailing season begins next week

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 January 2019

Congresbury Wassailing ceremony at the Millennium Green. The Green Man and his helpers.

Congresbury Wassailing ceremony at the Millennium Green. The Green Man and his helpers.

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A centuries-old West Country tradition will be celebrated across North Somerset over the course of the next fortnight.

Wassailing season begins on Saturday, with revellers set to flock to orchards in hope of blessing apple trees and encouraging a fruitful crop.

Villagers armed with pots and pans will walk through the orchards led by a green man in hope of scaring away evil spirits and awaking the trees to ensure a good harvest is enjoyed in the autumn.

The wassails start in Congresbury and Pill on Saturday afternoon.

The Congresbury event will be held at the Millennium Green at 3pm, and celebrations in Pill will begin at Watchhouse Hill, in Watchhouse Road, at 5pm.

Do not fret if you cannot make it to a wassail this weekend, as people in Nailsea will take part in the festivities at The Old Farmhouse, in Trendlewood Way, on January 19 from 4.30-7.30pm.

If you take any photos, do not forget to upload them at www.iwitness24.co.uk


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