Pilgrim Morris celebrate Twelfth Night every year with a traditional Wassail to round off the festive season.
We tour the town’s hostelries singing traditional carols, performing the Guildford Mummers Play and generously passing round the wassail bowl. The King or Queen of Misrule is chosen at the start of proceedings at the Star Inn.
The fun takes place on January 6th each year. At each pub, chalked cross marks are made on the beams called apotropaic marks – it’s one of the rituals of the night and the marks are made to bring good luck and to prevent the entrance of evil spirits. It’s noisy, crowded and lots of fun!
To get a flavour of proceedings you can download our song sheet.
Meet at the Star from 7.00 and follow the proceedings as we move on to The Three Pigeons, The Angel and The Keep before finishing at the Royal Oak in Trinity churchyard where we stay until we’re no longer welcome!
2020 approximate timings:
The Star from 7:00pm – the King or Queen of Misrule is chosen followed by the Mummers play at 7:30pm
The Keep, Castle Street at 8:00pm
The Angel Hotel at 8:30pm – singing and storytelling in its fine gallery hall
The Three Pigeons, High Street. at 9:30pm, and finally
The Royal Oak, Sydenham Road at 10:15pm