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Brighton Mummers logoThis year, Hollingdean based theatre company, The Brighton Mummers are once again leading the blessing of our apple trees on January 5th 2013. Meet at the Sure Start at 4pm. Bring pots & pans to make a noise with and bring your homemade lanterns! (instructions at

Parents should carry a torch and make sure everyone is dressed up warm for the walk to Stanmer Park, where this year’s King & Queen will lead a torchlit procession from the old orchard to the Home farm orchard. Please make your own arrangements for transport home from Stanmer Park. If you wish to meet at Stanmer, make your way to the old orchard for 6pm. Map at


Wassailing (or Howling, as it’s known in Sussex) is the custom of blessing the apple trees and bee hives to ensure a bountiful crop in the forthcoming season. This year, the Brighton Mummers, a theatre group based at Coachwerks are leading the Howl – a family friendly event involving the recital of the old wassail words, the toasting of the trees and the waking of the roots through the use of banging pots and the firing of their home made cannon!

Wassailing 2011Starting at the community orchard behind the Sure Start, they’ll Howl the trees awake, then invite everyone to join them on the walk over the hill to the Old Orchard at Stanmer Park, where two children will be crowned King Bean and Queen Pea, and lead a torchlit procession to the Home Farm Orchard, where there will be more merriment, bonfire, hot spuds, music, singing and good times. Read the rest of this entry »

The Brighton Mummers are a high energy group of enigmatic and wonderous performance wanderers, ever at the alert for the call to perform our handsome and authentic mummers scripts.

Meeting every Monday evening 7-9pm from the 11th July.
Coachwerks, 19 Hollingdean Terrace, BN17HB

We are looking for excitable, interested and committed locally based people to join our merry throng for performances and events throughout the year (age 17+). This could be as an actor or part of our production team. Our work is particularly suited to those who are interested in exploring England’s rich folk-performance history, costume design, puppetry, script-writing, mise-en-scene and… meeting new friends & having loads of fun! Read the rest of this entry »

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