Wassailing refers to a traditional ceremony that involves singing and drinking the health of apple trees in the hope that they might better thrive. The purpose of wassailing is to awaken the cider apple trees and to scare away evil spirits. It is normally done during January. The South Down Folk Singers will be wassailing in Worthing this year and everyone is welcome to join them.
Old Apple tree, old apple tree;
We've come to wassail thee;
To bear and to bow apples enow;
Hats full, caps full, three bushel bags full;
Barn floors full and a little heap under the stairs.