Start the New Year with traditional wassailing ceremony

130120131308The county’s largest nature conservation charity is inviting people of all ages to join them and encourage a good fruit harvest for the New Year.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is staging its popular annual Wassailing Ceremony this Sunday (11 January) in the grounds of its Wolseley Centre HQ near Rugeley.

Wassailing is an ancient custom in which the evil spirits are driven out of trees and good spirits are encouraged to produce a bumper crop for the coming year.

As well as performances from Beggars Oak Clog Dancers and Lichfield Morris Men, revellers will be invited to take part in the customs, including singing and dancing around the trees.

Sam Pachner, conference and events officer at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust said, “The wassail is a wonderful family-orientated event, with visitors not only treated to some wonderful traditional entertainment, but also given the chance to learn about some fascinating ancient traditions whilst keeping warm with our mulled apple juice.”

The event takes place 3pm-5.30pm.

Admission costs £1 per person.

Refreshments will be available.


Visitors are asked to wear suitable footwear and clothing for the event, and should bring a torch or lantern. Those taking part in the wassailing ceremony should also bring something to make a noise with, such as a drum or whistle.

The Wolseley Centre is located on the A51 between Stafford and Rugeley.

For more information call the Trust on 01889 880100.