Public urged to wake up the trees for annual Wassail celebrations

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Traditional ‘Wassail’ celebrations will be taking place in a Northamptonshire country park.

People are invited to bring musical instruments, pots and pans to Daventry Country Park on Saturday, January 3 for the ceremony to awaken the trees for the coming season.

The Wassail dates back centuries and is thought to protect the trees from evil spirits and make sure they have plentiful fruit in the coming season.

People are invited to meet at the visitors’ centre at the park off Northern Way at midday and bring with them musical instruments, pots or pans to help awaken the trees.

They will then join the Adderbury Mummers and Countryside Rangers in a musical procession to the park’s community Orchard, where there will be music and traditional singing to the trees.

The event, which is organised by the park’s Countryside Rangers, is returning after the 2014 event unfortunately had to be cancelled due to extremely wet weather conditions which made the ground unsafe.

Councillor Alan Hills, portfolio holder for community, culture and leisure at Daventry District Council, said: “Having attending the Wassail in the past, it is a fantastic tradition that offers a great way for the whole family to celebrate the new year.

“It’s a real spectacle and it’s great to see it making a return. I would encourage everyone to go along and enjoy an afternoon of fun at the country park.”

Visitors are advised to please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions and to take care while in the park, as some surfaces may be muddy and slippery underfoot.