Sing for Your Supper
The ancient Somerset tradition of Wassailing the Tree takes place in January in orchards all over the county to ensure an abundant harvest of apples for the year. Wear warm clothes and bring along something loud, as villagers gather around the biggest or oldest tree in the orchard to sing and make as much noise as possible to scare off the lurking evil spirits. Once this is complete, a piece of toast soaked in cider is hung on the branches to attract the good spirits – sometimes personified as robins - and cider is sprinkled around the roots of the tree. Try Porlock on 6th January or Carhampton where the ritual is held on the 17th January (the old twelfth night) and the villagers toast the coming harvest. A good time is had by all.