One of the most quirky and traditional Exmoor events, Wassailing the Apple Trees takes place every January on the closest Saturday to the old Twelfth Night. Wassailing is an historic tradition that’s still practiced across Devon, and if you’re visiting the county during the season it’s a great way to get a glimpse into the wackier side of rural life that we all love.
Wassailing takes place in an orchard and, for those of you who are wondering what it’s all about, involves a group singing for the health of trees to help them produce good cider-making apples. It wouldn’t be wassailing without a rousing chorus of the Carhampton Wassail song, and you haven’t experienced a real Devon event until you’ve joined four Wassailing veterans in songs to apple trees.
There are all kinds of traditional apple wassailing rhymes, and it won’t matter that you don’t know them as you’ll soon pick them up and be able to add your voice to the crowd. Apple wassailing remains one of Devon’s most interesting events, and while you may not be too sure about singing to the tree spirits it’s great fun and everyone’s welcome to join in.