SATURDAY 21st JANUARY 2017: THE NEWEST OLD TRADITION IN WALES (OR IS IT THE OLDEST NEW TRADITION IN WALES?). THE ANCIENT TRADITIONAL LOCAL CELEBRATIONS OF THE NEW YEAR HOSTED BY THE WIDDERS BORDER MORRIS.
Meet at the Three Tuns, Bridge Street. Morris Dancing and capers outside the Three Tuns.
Wassail of the Chepstow Castle Dell (Town Council) Apple Trees located in the Lower Dell behind the Three Tuns. Sundry Singing and Dancing.
Mari Lwyd (Welsh Grey Mare First Footing Ceremony.) at the Three Tuns. Several Authentic Horses Heads Dressed in the Traditional Way. Welsh/English Banter, Lots of Singing/Colour/Fun.
To the Chepstow Bridge (now 200 years old). Morris Dancing, Music and Noise in Preparation for the Famous “Meeting on the Bridge”.
Meeting of the English and the Welsh in the Middle of the Old Iron Bridge. “It’s like going to War and then all Peace breaks out!”
The Mari Lwyd performed at Chepstow Museum. All Floodlit, Great for Viewing and Rumors of Hot Mulled Cider!
Country Ceilidh Dance at the Drill Hall with “Juice”. Entry £6. Licensed Bar. All welcome, no experience necessary.