Marshside Gate Inn Wassail

Where: Near Canterbury, Kent at the Gate Inn, Marshside
When: Saturday in mid January
Time: 8.15pm

 

While there is now a booming revival in Wassailing throughout England and it isn’t possible to list all of them here, some events stand out as unique and the wassail at the Gate Inn is one of them. As well as all the typical elements you’d expect from a good night’s wassailing like singing around the apple tree, firing into the trees, storytelling, passing the Wassail Cup, torchlight and banging of pots & pans to frighten away evil spirits, this event features several volleys from re-enactment group the 3rd East Kent Regiment. The event begins by the re-enactors calling upon the revellers inside the pub to join them, and has been well established at the venue for a number of years. Expect a mummers play and recitations about the Saxon origins of the wassailing custom, believed to have taken place near this site.

Helpful Hints

In 2017 it was on Saturday 14th January – 2018 date is yet to be announced.

Click here for the pub website : http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/canterbury/gate-inn

Thanks to Aaron Janes for drawing my attention to this one!


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