Shire Wassail, Monday 8 January

Post date: Jan 03, 2018 11:25:4 PM

By Lina Willowwood   

The Brandy Badgers go wassailing in the Shire again, singing songs to wish all the local farmers a good harvest. 

Oh, and to sample some ales. Or ciders? Aye! Lots! We hope yer will join us!  

Date: Monday January 8 

Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 2:30PM servertime)) 

Location: Longo Burrow’s farm, Tuckborough. Then off to Bywater and Hobbiton. 

Event details:

The new year brings new beginnings and new hopes. Of course, one hope close to our hearts is to have a plentiful harvest, and not least to have good cider and ales to bring us through the cold of next winter.

To help this along, the Brandy Badgers will go wassailing at various Shire farms, singing songs and wishing the farmers a fine harvest. We’ll follow this route:

We hope that you all will join us during the wassail!

The new year has come,

New cycle begun.

May your home be blessed,

Your woes put to rest.

May blossom your tree,

Good cider we see.


Come join the fun for good-natured hobbit banter, a fine walk through the Shire, festive music and quite a bit to drink. This is a hobbit-preferred event, but should you have good reasons to visit the Shire and join our merry singing hobbits on the walk, then do come along!

Last year we managed to make a lot of apple trees grow in the Hobbiton farm fields. We hope to make it happen this year too, so please help with that if yer able to*!

Remember, we’ll start at Longo Burrow’s farm just north of Tuckborough, then walk around. If you don’t find us, just send a tell to the organizers.

A little more information about wassailing!

The purpose of a wassail is generally to wake the cider trees (or other crops) at a farm for the next harvest, and to chase away any ill spirits that have taken shelter in the orchards or fields during the winter. To do this, we’ll wander between the three farms mentioned above.

At each place, the likely schedule is:

Ed.: *To help plant the apple trees you need to be an Artisan farmer. You can buy the seeds, fertiliser and water (never mind the soil, as we won't harvest the trees) from Olo Proudfoot at the Hobbiton farmlands. Onionfarmer Pete will be there, just as in previous years. If you don't know what to do exactly, just follow his example.

And off to the next place! ))