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10:00am, Saturday February 3rd, 2024

Vine Road Recreation Ground, SW13 0NE

Barnes Common Winter Wassail

Barnes Common Winter Wassail

10:00am, Saturday February 3rd, 2024

Vine Road Recreation Ground, SW13 0NE

Join us as we make merry and celebrate the success of our community orchards with our very own Wassail!

Our weird and wonderful Wassail is back!

An ancient rural English celebration giving fruit growers and pickers the opportunity to drink to the good health of their fruit trees and to an abundant crop in the coming year, as well as bring light, noise and cheer to long, dark winter months.

We will enjoy storytelling, crafts and singing, with a Wassail Master to oversee proceedings. The morris dancers from the Kingston Spring Grove Morris Dancers will perform their routine and the Age UK Richmond Patch Ukulele group will play some music.

A community event not to be missed, so why not join us as we make noise, make merry and share Mike’s warm spiced apple cider and some tasty snacks.

All are most welcome.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.

The walk will meet at the Vine Road Recreation Ground near the Pavilion.

Tickets include a cup of cider / hot mulled apple juice, and a hot mug of soup from the Vine Road Community Cafe.

The Cafe will also be selling hot and cold drinks and snacks on the day.

Timeline of the day:

10am - Arrival and crafts – mask making, noise makers and nature crowns.

10:30am - Procession to the Orchard, led by the Wassail Master and Jester with lots of noise making.

11am - The Wassail ceremony begins - including a brief history of wassailing, community singing and the blessing of a tree

11:30am - Morris dancing in the woods by the Kingston Spring Grove Morris Dancers. Procession makes its way back to Vine Road Park, stopping for some themed storytelling and poetry around food growing.

12noon - Live performance by the Age UK Richmond Patch Ukulele group, hot mulled apple juice, soup, wishing tree and socialising.

1pm - Finish


All proceeds from ticket sales support future learning and conservation activities, and we would encourage you, if you can, to pay full price. We do not want cost to be a barrier to our activities, so if for any reason you are unable to pay for the full price tickets, we have a limited number of discounted concession tickets. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

Refund policy: Unfortunately, we are unable to issue refunds on cancellations made within 2 weeks of the event. In some circumstances we may be able to offer a rebooking for a similar event. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

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