Pilgrim Morris regret we will be unable to regale the good citizens of old Guildford town with the usual Twelfth Night revelries. We feel this is the only safe course of action in light of the current Covid situation. Instead we offer below a flavour of past festivities and look forward to seeing you all again when things improve.
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, the marks are made to bring good luck and to prevent the entrance of evil spirits.
In 2021 Twelfth Night revelries were held in a safe and socially-distanced manner. The play was held over Zoom with some particularly fabulous singing providing a perfect illustration of why singing on Zoom is not a good idea.