A RIGHT ROYAL ROMANCE
A Royal entourage, including the Mistletoe Queen, her Holly Prince, Royal Attendants and their loyal subjects, will parade through the pretty Worcestershire town of Tenbury Wells on Saturday 5th December; to celebrate the importance of mistletoe locally, nationally and worldwide.
On the day, the Mistletoe Festival will feature the traditional crowning of Tenbury’s Mistletoe Queen, Santa’s Parade and a lantern procession, and a free-to-enjoy programme of storytelling, poetry, music, visual arts and street entertainment, provided by a mix of nationally-acclaimed artists.
As England’s Mistletoe Capital, Tenbury Wells can chart a long history of Druid connections, internationally-known holly and mistletoe auctions and it is believed, Royal approval as Queen Victoria’s ‘Little Town in the Orchard’. The town is surrounded by gently rolling hills blanketed with hundreds of beautiful and ancient apple orchards that are a favourite host for the parasitic mistletoe plant.
Festival Organiser for the Tenbury Mistletoe Association, Caroline Palethorpe said;
“ Mistletoe harvested in Worcestershire and Herefordshire travels all over the world and this gives Tenbury Wells an international name and a small but significant place in the festive celebrations. Having our schools, colleges, families and other community supporters all involved in welcoming and entertaining visitors at this time of year is lovely to see at a local level. We hope to attract lots of people to Tenbury Wells for the day . . . to collect their mobile kissing devices !”
As well as providing a literary and cultural focus, the festival will feature the Vamos Theatre bringing fun, frivolity and just a little mayhem to the streets. A Winter Vintage Craft Fair will be held throughout the afternoon and many independent local retailers will stay open for late night shopping.
As a part of the whole 2015 Season, National Mistletoe Day on Tuesday 1st December will be celebrated locally. National Holly & Mistletoe Sales will take place at Burford House Garden Store on Tuesday 24th November, National Mistletoe Day itself and finally, on Tuesday 8th December. All sales start at 9am. A Druids Thanksgiving Ceremony will be held on the Burgage at 3pm on Saturday 28th November.
More information about the 2015 Mistletoe Festival and Mistletoe Season of events can be found at www.tenburymistletoe.org