Sip cider, drink apple juice and make lots of noise this afternoon at the ancient Wassail celebration.

The annual event will take place in Bridport Community Orchard today with an abundance of cider, apple juice, storytelling and noise.

Storyteller Martin Maudsley will lead the traditional ceremony, with music from Wyld Morris and people encouraged to dance and sing around the trees to encourage a bumper apple harvest in the autumn.

Keep warm by the open fire and don’t forget to bring trumpets, whistles, drums and anything that will make a loud noise to scare away the bad spirits.

Paul Arthur, a member of the Bridport Community Orchard committee, said: “This is a fantastic, fun event where the local community gathers together around the apple trees, has a good old sing song, keeps the cold at bay by drinking hot apple juice and mulled cider, whilst thoroughly enjoying Martin’s mesmerising storytelling.

“It’s an event not to be missed.”

The event takes place from 2.30pm.