Orchard wassail brings taste of history to Holywells Park cold fair in Ipswich

The Wassail King And Queen lead the proceedings at the Holywells Park Cold Fair.

The Wassail King And Queen lead the proceedings at the Holywells Park Cold Fair.

A cold fair to celebrate the benefits of Suffolk parkland in the winter attracted a crowd of more than 80 people on Saturday.

Organised by the Friends of Holywells Park (FHP), with support from Holywells Creatives, the event offered a range of hot food and drink, a bonfire, face painting and activities at Holywells Park in Ipswich.

It also held a traditional orchard-visiting wassail, a historic ceremony undertaken in cider-producing areas of England, in which incantations and singing takes place within the trees to promote a good harvest.

Yvonne Westley from FHP said: “It went really well.

“The aim of the cold fair is to draw people into the park, so they can be aware of how it is in the winter and what it has to offer.

“It’s a beautiful park for lots of reasons, it’s a really nice place for people to come to whatever the season.”

Peta Hillier of Holywells Creatives added: “It was a great occasion, people really had fun.”