Stroud Wassail this weekend

We are proud to be supporting this Saturday and Sunday’s celebration of Wassail in Stroud. The term wassail goes back to anglo-saxon times and is a form of toast. “Waes Hael” – Be of good health. The reply to this toast is for the company to say “Drinc hael” – Drink healthily. As  well as being able to come into the shop on Saturday and choose from our excellent range of Ciders, we will also be selling cups of warm Mulled Cider on the day.

Wassailing in the Stroud area was practised until the 1960s, and is now gradually being revived. There is a rich collection of wassail songs from the villages around Stroud and this corner of the Cotswolds.

Close to 12th Night, the wassailers would go from door to door, or around the pubs, carrying a wassail bowl and singing a wassailing song. The theme is to wish everyone a prosperous year.

Saturday is shaping up to be an amazing day. There’ll be dancing, music and mummers in the street between 10.30 and 12.30, and again in the afternoon. There’s a whole-day programme of events in St Laurence church, a Wassail song workshop in the Sub Rooms, a procession round the town, music sessions at various pubs around the town, and of course the Wassail ceremonies outside the Subscription Rooms and at the Museum in the Park. For more information visit the Stroud Wassail website.

Come and celebrate this fantastic traditional celebration.

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