COLWALL ORCHARD GROUP WASSAIL 18th January 2020 - See Events
Our Mistletoe Fair is a popular event held every year in early December outside our local village shop - Colwall Provisions - in Walwyn Road, Colwall.
Mistletoe grows exceptionally well in the local orchards, and, as a hemi-parasitic plant, if left unchecked it can harm fruit trees - infesting branches and increasing the likelihood of storm damage.
In December each year our volunteers harvest this mystical plant from local orchards as part of the annual tree maintenance regime, and we bunch, decorate and sell mistletoe to enliven our homes and bring a smile to peoples' faces at Christmas time.
Ok, so maybe we are a tad biased, but in our humble opinion our wassail is simply legendary!
Held on a Saturday evening in January this annual family event is guaranteed to be something a bit different that blows away the mid-winter gloom.
Assembling in the centre of Colwall Village the growing crowd is kept entertained by Morris dancers before a magical, torchlit procession of excited revellers snakes it's way through the streets and lanes leading to Colwall Village Garden.
A ceremony in the heart of our orchard helps to dispel any resident, evil spirits and hopefully leads to a bumper crop of fruit in the coming season.
The evening is topped off with warming food and drink, and songs of cheer around a roaring bonfire.
The perfect antidote to any lingering post-Christmas blues...
Apple Day, held annually on a Saturday in October, is our family event celebrating the fruits of the Autumn season. Based at our recently restored Apple Packing Shed at Colwall Village Garden it's an opportunity to experience all the delights of orchard produce.
Bring your own orchard fruit (apples and pears) and we will help you process it into tasty fruit juice which can be bottled fresh or frozen for longer storage. You can even get your hands dirty and help us with the simple, entertaining and energetic process of scratting, hand-pressing and juicing.
Do you have an apple variety that you can't identify? Bring half a dozen samples and a sprig of leaves to our experts, and for a modest fee, we will identify it for you!
See a display of the wonderfully diverse selection of apples and pears grown locally.
Buy our tasty produce.
Enjoy refreshments to include tea, coffee, home-made cakes, and of course freshly made apple juice!
Play some orchard-related games, of which our apple catapult is a firm favourite with young and old alike.