A terrifying collection of scary 'Krampus' creatures (from the Whitby Krampus Run group) are seen gathering at the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest. They are pictured with the Sheriff of Nottingham (Richard Townlsey) during the Spirits of the Forest and Wassailing weekend. The Krampus along with evil spirits of the forest, were sent on their way during a traditional 'wassailing' ceremony. The Krampus is a central European legend, concerning a half-goat, half-demon creature that punishes naughty children at Christmastime whilst ‘wassailing’ is a Twelfth Night tradition, rooted in the pagan custom of visiting orchards to sing to the trees and spirits in the hope of ensuring a good harvest. A spiced mulled cider brew is traditionally drunk from a special wassailing.

Terrifying demon-like monsters sent running from Sherwood Forest during wassailing ceremony!

If you went down to the woods at the weekend, you were sure of a big surprise...

Thursday, 20th January 2022, 10:00 am

Scary, horned creatures called Krampus were roaming Sherwood Forest at the weekend.

Thankfully, the curious creatures who hung around on Saturday, were sent running to the hills on Sunday when a traditional ‘wassailing’ ceremony was held to purge evil spirits and dark forces from the forest.

The strange activities were all part of the ‘Spirits of the Forest and Wassailing Weekend’.

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During the ‘wassailing,’ led by Richard Townsley, the self-styled Sheriff of Nottingham, a procession led to the Major Oak and, with the help of people banging pots and pans, the Krampus and evil forest spirits were soon frightened away.

The noise was also hoped to awaken the forest ready for spring and to bring in a good year ahead.

See here some of the images from the extraordinary event...

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