This is different to the wassail tradition most people are familiar with, which involves pouring cider on the roots of apple trees. However, like other wassails in Cornwall, Redruth Wassail has a special song and tune. The wassailers dress in “mock formal” costume, including top hats decorated with seasonal greenery like holly and ivy. During the evening, they visit places like the local pubs, residential care homes and the nearby Oddfellows Lodge.
The 'Redruth Bowl' was specially created for the event from local wood, and is decorated with pictures of local landmarks. During the rest of the year, the bowl is kept at the Oddfellows Lodge, with members acting as its guardians for the people of Redruth.