A HEREFORDSHIRE town will hold its annual wassail with singers, toasting, and orchards in the pipeline.

The Leominster Wassail, which will be in the daytime this year, is organised by the Friends of Grange Court Gardens, with Grange Court cafe open for lunch and refreshments afterwards.

 Wassailing is the ancient tradition of blessing trees in the hope of promoting a good harvest for the next cider and perry season and warding off bad spirits from the orchard.


This Anglo-Saxon custom is said to date back many centuries and is still a lively and treasured tradition across cider and perry-making counties today.

The festivities will start in Leominster at 11am on Saturday, January 14, in Leominster’s Corn Square.

The Jenny Pipes Morris, a women’s Morris side in Herefordshire, will host the event.

Its procession will march down to the Community Orchard below the Priory Church and playground, be part of the wassail ceremony to ensure a fruitful harvest for the orchard’s apple trees when autumn comes around.

Everyone is welcome, including musicians and singers.