The 5th Penkhull Wassail - January 19th 2019


Come join us for music, dance, free home-made cider wassail and soup followed by a ticket-only Ceilidh.

The event features a torch-lit procession through the village, much fun and merriment with Domesday Morris and their guests - including the brilliant Penkhull Brass, the wondrous Penkhull Mystery Singers and our fantastic residents of Penkhull... oh, and an apple tree or two!

So what is wassailing? The word Wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon toast [Wæs þu hæl] meaning "be thou hale" or "be in good health" and links back to ancient celebrations pre-dating the Conquest of 1066. The local lord would give food and drink to villagers in exchange for their blessing and goodwill and receiving entertainment in form of song and dance. Cider was important in times past and wassailing also refers to drinking and singing the health of fruit trees. By awakening the cider apple trees and scaring away evil spirits, our forebears hoped their orchards would thrive and produce a bumper harvest in the autumn.

Watch the video from the 2016 Wassail:

The Penkhull Wassail - from 4:00 pm

The wassail starts at 4.00 pm with Domesday Morris leading a torch-lit community procession from Penkhull Village Hall through the village and stopping along the way for singing and dancing. See our Contacts page for directions to Penkhull Village Hall.

Here's the rough timetable:

16:15 Procession leaves Penkhull Village Hall
16:20 - 16:30 The Bloody Ploughman
16:30 – 17:00 Bakewell Street tree blessing ceremony
17:15 - 17:30 The Marquis of Granby
17:40 - 18:00 The White Lion
18:00 - 18:25 The Beehive Inn
18:30 - 18:50 The Terrace
19:00 - 19:20 The Greyhound Inn
19:20 - 19:50 Soup in Penkhull Village Hall
20:00 - 23:30 Ticket-only Ceilidh in Penkhull Village Hall

The Penkhull Wassail Ceilidh (Ticket only) - from 8:00 pm

After the Wassail there will be dancing in the Village Hall - the 5th Penkhull Wassail Ceilidh with music from the Shropshire Heroes.

For tickets to the Ceilidh, contact or phone the Squire, Bruce Jarvest on 07828 936110.