Wildlife Walks & Wassail Open Day

Wildlife Walks & Wassail Open Day

Side Oven Bakery at Foston on the Wolds are to hold their popular Winter Wildlife Walks Open Day again this month, in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

The open day will take place on Sunday 28th January, with the farm and bakery doors open to the public between 10am – 3pm.

Guided wildlife walks will be available throughout the day at 10am, 11:15am and 1pm led by a YWT wildlife expert who will take groups around the family’s organic arable farm that is home to many species of wildlife. Each walk will take approximately 1 hour and are an ideal way to enjoy the countryside in beautiful rural East Yorkshire. 

The Side Oven team will also be welcoming back the Makara Morris group, a group of 6 dancers who will be performing a ‘Wassail’ or blessing of the fruit trees in the hope of a bountiful harvest in Autumn.

Historically the Wassail happens at the beginning of the New Year with a gathering of local people who follow the ‘King/Queen in the green’, in a noisy procession to the orchard. To wake up the trees and ward off evil spirits, people bang, stamp, sing/shout wassail rhymes making as much noise as possible.

The Wassail, which is an Anglo Saxon word meaning ‘be in good health’, will be performed around Midday and everyone will be welcomed to watch. 

The bakery itself will be open throughout with artisan breads, croissant, cakes and a wide range of freshly baked treats available to buy alongside takeaway refreshments.

For more information visit www.sideoven.com