THE time of year has returned for residents from all across the county to fight off the January blues and drink some cider in true Somerset fashion.

Rich's Cider Farm in Highbridge will once again host its coveted annual Wassail event, raising money for charity by keeping the Somerset tradition alive.

The Skimmity Hitchers band will be on scene to provide a fitting soundtrack to the event starting at 7:30pm on Saturday, January 20, carrying on until midnight.

Tickets cost £15 and must be purchased in advance through the DesignMyNight web page for the Rich's Cider Wassail - hopeful attendees are advised that tickets are limited.

A spokesperson for Rich's Cider said: "Join us for our annual Charity Wassail, where we’ll be singing, dancing and drinking plenty of our award-winning cider.

"A Wassail is a traditional Somerset ceremony carried out to bless an orchard.

"It’s an ancient practise we keep alive here at the Farm, complete with rituals involving tree roots, shotguns, and, of course, cider, to ward off bad spirits and ensure a good harvest for the year to come.

"There’ll be delicious hot food on sale all evening from our Cider Press Restaurant, and two fully stocked bars.

"The Skimmity Hitchers will be performing for us, playing their classic Scrumpy and Western music with a 21st Century twist.

"As we celebrate all things cider on this winter’s night, we’ll be raising money for charity."