3rd Annual Wassail at Nightingales Cider


This is our third consecutive annual Wassail, and we are very excited to invite you back.

The tradition of wassailing dates back to pagan times, ‘Was Hael’ coming from the Old English meaning Good Health! The first record of wassailing was in Kent in the 1400s!

If you don’t know what a wassail is, it’s a celebration of the harvest past, and for the future crop, a blessing of the trees and a scaring off of the evil spirits! An opportunity to learn traditional wassail songs and join in the celebration, suitable for all the family.

This year we are supported again by the fantastic Ashford Folk musicians, who will be leading the torch led procession and the evenings entertainment.
We are also very pleased to announce that we will have Woodchurch Morris Men dancing for us again!
Alongside this Alan Castle will be opening the floor to members of the public and local performers who wish to sing, play an instrument, or tell a tale.

The Ceremony

If you arrive earlier, food and drink will be available.

The torch led procession will start at 6pm sharp with the lighting of the torches just before.

We will be walking into the orchard for 10-15 minutes so please make sure you are well wrapped up for a winters night and wearing sturdy footwear, this is a farm, so mud may be present!

The ceremony occurs in the orchard, where everyone will be encouraged to join in the wassail songs, and the scaring of the spirits!

We will then return to the farm building for the 2nd part of the evening we should be back up by 19:00.

From 19:00 there will Folk music, and Morris dancing and general merriment!

Food and drink

We will have a paid bar serving a fantastic selection of mulled cider, still and sparkling cider, beer, and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.

A selection of fine gourmet locally sourced food will be available to purchase, meat and vegan options, provided by the talented Vine and Country (Tours) Kitchen.

Food and drink will be available all evening.

Tickets and access

£5.25 per person, with minibus from Tenterden.

There will be no parking on site.

Instead we are offering a return minibus service from Station Road Coach Park, which is just behind the Vine Pub on Tenterden High Street, which will be at a cost of £5.25, this includes an admin fee from the ticket company.

The proceeds go towards the event costs include transport, toilets, and insurance, this fee is not for profit and any extra will be shared amongst our performers.

After the interest of our first years wassailing of the orchard, we realised that limited parking on site was an issue, therefore have made a decision, with the increased interest that we would not have parking on site. This is for safety reasons, we are on a dangerous road, and also to stem the environmental impact of having many vehicles on site.


Minibuses will run between 4:15pm and 5:45pm from Tenterden to Gibbet Oak Farm.

Return minibuses will run from 7pm until 9:30pm

By prior arrangement, drop offs on site will be allowed. Please email wassail@nightingalecider.com

Parking ( no parking at the event )

The following car parking is available in Tenterden and charged until 6pm.

Before and after the event

Tenterden is a lovely town to enjoy in the day before the event, and has a selection of great pubs and overnight stay options if you wish to keep going later into the evening.

Please request a ‘standard ticket’ per person attending.

If you have special requirements, please email wassail@nightingalecider.com­ and we will try our best to accommodate you.

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Gibbet Oak Farm Appledore road Kent TN30 7DH