Chepstow Wassail, January 16, 2016

The weekend after our Stroud Wassail, the Widders invited us to join them for their wassail in Chepstow. Chepstow Wassail is always a bit special. We start with some dancing by the castle, watched by the mysterious Mari Lwyd horses, before the little orchard by the castle is wassailed. Then the English all leave and cross over the River Wye into England, where we enjoy bread, cheese and cider at a farmhouse, with singing, dancing and the wassailing of an apple sapling. After dark, a firework rocket is lit to let the Welsh know that the English are coming! The two tribes meet on the bridge and a stand-off ensues; but after a bit of a dance-off, the Welsh graciously invite the English into their country for mulled cider and more music and dancing.