Time to wake the trees at Daventry Country Park

Daventry Country Park Wassail 2015
Daventry Country Park Wassail 2015

The annual tradition of waking the trees at Daventry Country Park takes place this coming weekend.

People are invited to bring musical instruments, pots and pans to Daventry Country Park in the new year for the return of the traditional ‘Wassail’ celebration.

The Adderbury Mummers will lead a musical procession at the park at midday on Sunday, January 3, for the custom of ‘wassailing’ the trees to awaken them for the coming season.

The Wassail dates back centuries and is thought to protect the trees from evil spirits and make sure they have plentiful fruit in the coming season.

People are invited to meet at the visitors’ centre at the park off Northern Way at midday and bring with them musical instruments, pots or pans to help awaken the trees.

They will then join the Adderbury Mummers and Countryside Rangers in a musical procession to the park’s community Orchard, where there will be music and traditional singing to the trees.

Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure at Daventry District Council, said: “This is a great way for families to celebrate the New Year. It’s a fun tradition that always provides a great spectacle, so I would encourage everyone to go along and enjoy this free event.”

Visitors are advised to please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions and to take care while in the park, as some surfaces may be muddy and slippery underfoot.