A new festival of winter traditions
A new winter festival to wish you a healthy and prosperous new year. In the darkest days, the town will be brought to life with wassail songs, colourful costumes, music, morris dancing, wassail bowls, hobby horses and The Broad.
The origins of wassailing are over 1000 years old, as a toast to wish your companions good health. In the Stroud area this became a tradition of visiting neighbours around 12th night with a wassail bowl and a song, to wish them a prosperous new year. There are many wassail songs from the district, we will sing The Stroud Wassail.
Stroud Wassail features The Broad – a kind of hobby horse in the form of a cow. This would accompany the wassailers.
There are opportunities for you to learn wassail songs, make costumes and join in the procession, and there will be lots of morris dancing to enjoy.
The festival will take place in the streets of Stroud, Subscription Rooms Forecourt and the Museum in the Park.