Apple Tree Wassail at The Folk of Gloucester

Gloucester Civic Trust
The Folk of Gloucester

Did you know we have an special Apple Tree at The Folk?
It is an Ashmead Kernal which is a Gloucester breed of apple not found in the shops.
For the first time we are joining in the tradition of Apple Tree Wassail which has been taking place in orchards through out the county for hundreds of years.
This celebration involves blessing the tree and encouraging it to have a healthy yield later in the year.
We are open from 10am to 4pm with a Morris Dancing workshop’s and performances from 12pm with the blessing from 3pm.
We are also hosting activities from the Westgate Street Artist in residence.
There’s lots to see and do so come along with the family for a fun day.

FREE ENTRY to all with Donations welcome.


Schedule of activities 

12pm – Morris Dancers Performing

12:45pm – Morris Dancers and Mummers performing outside St Michaels Tower

1:30pm Morris Dancers Workshop at The Folk

2:00pm Mummers play at The Folk

3:00pm Apple Tree Wassail begins.

4:00pm Close.

Lassington Oak

One of the features of the event is Lassington Oak performing and also hosting a workshop so you can give it a go.
Lassington Oak Morris were formed in 1977 by a group of dancers from the Gloucester & Stroud area. They were renowned not only for their dancing, but as fine musicians and singers. In many ways this start was reminiscent of the village and family traditions of early Morris Sides.
The side owes its name to an old oak tree to be found near the centre of Lassington Wood at Highnam, Gloucestershire. Unfortunately the old oak has been lying on its side for many a year. When standing it was considered one of the great trees of England.
We dance in the Cotswold Tradition, performing dances from a variety of villages including Bampton, Bledington, Adderbury and Fieldtown. Morris Dancing should be an energetic & dynamic. We are keen to show anyone who is watching that what we do is not only a living part of the traditional heritage of the country, but also, a good fun tradition to be involved in.