Join Sheppy's Cider to celebrate the ancient ritual of Wassail on Friday, 21st January, 2021

Doors open from 5:00pm - ceremony starts at 6.45pm

Food | Fires | Cider

Join us for an evening of chanting, dancing and tradition to help us ensure that next year’s harvest is a good one.

Wassail gets its name from an old English term “waes hael” meaning “be well” which was shouted like a toast with the reply “drinc hael” meaning “drink and be healthy” at festivities in the darkest days of January as far back as Saxon times. There are several types of Wassailing tradition (most involving hot spiced alcohol) but the important one for all cider-makers is blessing their apple trees.



5:00 pm                       Gates Open

5:30 pm                       Food starts (closes 8.15 pm)

6:15 pm                       Last Admission for Cars

6:45 pm                       Ceremony begins

7:45 pm                       Folk dancing and drinking

10:30 pm                    Event closes

The £12 ticket price covers admission at the gate and food (Meat and Vegan options available). Food and drink (including tea and coffee) will be available before and after the ceremony.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Anyone is welcome to join us, we run a challenge 25 policy and you will need to have valid ID. All children who will also require a ticket however, please be aware that a traditional wassail involves loud noises including gunfire and some children may find this unnerving. 

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Sheppy’s is located on the A38 half-way between Taunton and Wellington, TA4 1ER. Parking is a little limited, so where possible please share your journey. Alternatively, the First Bus no.22 stops right outside. 

What do I need to bring?

This is an outdoor event so please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear (e.g wellies). Card may not be accepted so please bring cash. Only food and drink purchased with your ticket can be consumed on site.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, you must bring your printed ticket alternatively you can display the ticket on your phone. This will admit you at the gate and will be redeemed to claim your food.


Sheppy's House of Cider, TA4 1ER