We are gearing up for the 2017 Stroud Wassail. It will once again involve the Mummers Festival, morris dancing, wassailing and mid-winter jollity.
The programme is still under construction. There will be dancing and mumming on the Saturday morning and a Huge Stroud Wassail at Lunchtime. A smaller wassail at the museum in the afternoon, and evening Revels.
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Stroud Wassail 2016 was a great success. The organisers would like to express a HUGE Thank You to all who came- the Dancers, the Mummers, the Wassailers, the helpers, the people who came to watch, the kids who made costumes, the 12th Night Revelers. You all played your part.
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This year the Wassail will also include the International Mummers Festival.
The award winning mummers festival is an extraordinary event previously held in Gloucester and Bath. Featuring workshops, symposium and lots of Mumming, bringing participants from across the UK. Previous guest mummers have come from USA, Canada, Ireland and Spain.
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 singThe 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.