Lympstone used to have many orchards and at 12th night adults and children would feast on hot cakes and cider and go a-wassailing, singing and shouting to drive out evil spirits, and pouring cider on the roots of trees to encourage fertility. This year on 6th January we will revive this tradition in two orchards. Assemble at 6.30pm at Sowden House where the festivities will begin. You could bring lanterns, sticks and anything to make a loud noise. There will be mulled cider, singing and a children’s play. We will make our way through the village to Orchard Cottage for hot food and drink, and offerings to the spirits of the trees. It could be great fun and just a little mad.