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Wassailing & Lantern Evening

December 13, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

£5 – £25
wassail & lantern evening in north wales

Crackling fire, glowing lanterns, steaming hot mulled apple juice and merriment a-plenty for all the family! Celebrate a traditional Wassailing with us as we bless the fruit trees for a bountiful harvest. If you’re looking for something different to yet another Santa’s grotto then our Wassailing & Lantern Evening is just the thing. Families with children of all ages are welcome to join us at Hawarden Estate Farm Shop for an evening which promises to be a very special and magical event with music, food and good company. “Wassail!”

Make a lantern with your family and join our procession to the orchard where you will learn about the tradition of wassailing and take part in the ceremony. We will be passing around the traditional wassail bowl filled to the brim with our secret winter-warming recipe, sharing slices of home-made apple cake and cooking up sticky toffee apple slices over the campfire. Come a-wassailing, as we sing-along to traditional songs of the season with live music provided by James’ mandolin.

We have 2 evening sessions available on the same date: 4.30pm – 6pm & 6pm – 7.30pm. Simply pick the slot that suits your family.

What Is Wassailing?

Wassailing refers to drinking (and singing) the health of trees in the hopes that they might better thrive. The purpose of wassailing is to awake the cider apple trees and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit in the Autumn. The ceremonies of each Wassail vary from village to village but they generally all have the same core elements. A wassail King and Queen lead the song and procession to be played from one orchard to the next. This ancient British tradition is still very much thriving today.

Want to know what Wassailing is all about? Come along and find out what roles soggy toast, pots & pans and a child up a tree have to play in this ancient tradition. By wassailing the apple and pear trees we will be blessing them for a bountiful harvest next year. The old call will go out for “Hatfuls, capfuls, three bushel bagfuls and little heaps under the stairs!”

Activities Will Include…

  • Craft a willow lantern with your family
  • Cook up some toffee apple slices over our blazing campfire
  • Take part in the lantern procession to the orchard
  • Traditional wassail ceremony, blessing the apple trees
  • Share a sip from the wassail bowl and munch on apple cake
  • Sing along with seasonal songs
  • Enjoy a hot cup of mulled apple juice in the cafe
  • Get stuck into a tasty festive menu of treats (separate charges apply)

wassail and lantern evening in north wales

“A Wassail, a Wassail, the moon she shines down. Our apples are ripe and our nuts they are brown.” Old Wassailing Song


A family ticket costs £25, which is valid for up to 4 people. Additional family members can attend for an extra £5 each. Children aged under 3 years come FREE.

The good folks at Hawarden Estate Farm Shop Cafe will be serving up a festive menu of seasonal snacks for you to get stuck into after the event.


About the Venue

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is an award-winning purveyor of local produce surrounded by 25 acres of its own fields, orchards and woodlands. Much of their meat, fruit and veg is reared and grown on the estate and is not only for sale in the excellent Farm Shop but also served up in their tasty cafe. The estate also plays host to the Good Life Experience annual festival and hosts an exciting programme of events throughout the year. “Provenance is key to us because we not only believe in food that tastes great but that is also local, sustainable and is good for our community, the environment and our customer’s health.”

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is easily accessible from the A55 North Wales Expressway. Chester City Centre is only 15 minutes drive away. Central Wrexham is just 20 mins drive away. The venue postcode is CH5 3FB.

You can find out more about everything the venue has to offer by visiting their website.


We have 2 evening sessions available on the same date: 4.30pm – 6pm & 6pm – 7.30pm. Simply pick the slot that suits your family. Get in touch if you’d like to know more. Phone James on 07876 794 098 or email us. Advance booking is essential. Tickets are available just below on this page.

A note about winter weather… if we do get heavy rain on the evening of the event then we have shelter for the lantern making activity in the Tin Shed building and we can go indoors for the hot spiced apple drinks at the end of the event, but in between we will be walking through and standing around the orchard, so be sure to wrap up appropriately. In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed for a cold but dry night. In the event of us cancelling the event due to severe weather, customers will of course get a full refund.




December 13, 2019
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
£5 – £25
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Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


Hawarden Estate Farm Shop
Chester Road, Hawarden, Flintshire Flintshire CH53FB United Kingdom + Google Map
01244 533 442


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