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Morris Dance

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Page last updated on 1/04/20

If you have ever wanted to give Morris dancing a go - the autumn is the best time to contact your local side as this is when the practice season begins.

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South Devon
Alive & Kicking are based in Exeter, Devon. The group was formed in 1989 and perform music and dance from the Appalachian Mountain region of the United States. Based on the traditional steps of Appalachian clogging, Alive & Kicking have developed their own distinctive and exciting style of Appalachian clog dance, using dances choreographed by members of the team.
Telephone: Jo Wright 01392 462531

Beltane Border are based in Devon and have been growing and evolving for 12 years. They are a mixed Morris team, dancing their own energetic interpretation of Border Morris. Beltane is the Celtic name for May Day. Although performing a couple of traditional dances most of their repertoire has been created especially for them with strong influences from the ancient standing stones and stone circles of Dartmoor. Beltane can be recognised by their dominantly black tatter coats, blackened faces (for disguise) and top hats. The women also wear short, black skirts and fishnet tights, while the men wear black jeans.

They practise at the Village Hall in  Chudleigh Knighton, from early October to May Day, and dance out at pubs across South Devon, and festivals further afield, during the summer.
For information contact Harriet email


Blackawton Morris
North-West (mostly) mixed Morris dance team. Practice from September to April and dance out May - August. Meet Monday 8pm at Blackawton School.
Telephone: Chris Janman 01803 712362

The female dancing side "Black Bess Border" was formed in 1997, and is based in Kingskerswell, South Devon. The style of dance using sticks or hankies is Border, which originated in the borders of Shropshire & Wales.
The women dancers are supported with talent and gusto by an eclectic group of male and female musicians; new recruits always welcome.
The kit is our version of a Georgian Highway man, with iconic black tricorn hat, mask, and white lace cravat. The scarlet tatter jacket stands out in any crowd.
The side loves to dance out at festivals and events, or just for fun on a summer's evening.
Telephone: Jayne Thomas 07896 185071 or email We are also on facebook

Bradninch Miller's dance practice every Friday 8.0pm till 10.00pm - West End Hall, Bradninch EX5 4QW. Bradninch Mixed side dance a range of dances including; Cotswold, Border,Molly and Bradninch's own Miller's Broom Dance
Telephone: Duncan Harrington 01884 855270 or email Visit FaceBook page

Cat's Eye Morris were formed in 2005 to dance border Morris in their own style. They are an adult mixed side, and practice in Tideford (between Plymouth and Liskeard) on a Tuesday night. The kit is a bit unusual, including differently coloured shirts and long black split waistcoats. Cat's Eye welcome new members to dance with them. If you are interested in joining, or to enquire about booking the side for your event go to website

From Adderbury to Winster (not quite A to Z) but close enough! Since the early days of Dartington Hall (1968), the side has taken an interest in a very wide variety of the Cotswold traditions, occasionally straying to Upton upon Severn in the Border region, to Lichfield (Staffs) in the Midlands and to Badby, Brackley and Hinton in the East.
Contact: email

Dartmoor Border Morris perform traditional border dances from the English/Welsh borders.
The side is a family based, with ages ranging from 2 to 82! A seasonal mummers play has also become a firm favourite.
We practice (yep, it`s hard to believe) from October to April in Meavy village hall (Near Yelverton) from 8pm, followed by music in the Walkhampton Inn.
New musicians of any acoustic background & on any level of competence are always welcome!
From May to September we dance at numerous Dartmoor pub’s & attend local Fetes & festivals. You can follow our progress on our website If you would like to contact us telephone: Tregie 01752 299700 or visit website

The oldest established side in Devon, formed in 1951. In our black top hats and distinctive green waistcoats we are a familiar sight in villages and seaside resorts of South & East Devon during the summer months.
We are proud of our reputation for our high standard of dancing Cotswold Morris, and we have represented the UK at festivals in France, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Holland, Germany and the USA, as well as appearing at major folk festivals in Britain.
Telephone: Mike Painter 01392 426743 email

Formed in 1996 FireStone is now one of the premier teams in Britain. Performing a mixture of percussive dance styles centred around the Appalachian and Irish dance traditions, FireStone are lively, colourful and loud. FireStone love to perform, and have done so at many folk festivals across the country - including Sidmouth festival. They come with their own stage, p.a. and band - just needing flat ground and a power socket to perform! FireStone is without doubt the largest group of its kind in the UK. There are 6 distinct groupings within the FireStone banner - adult beginners, adult intermediate, adult team, youth beginners, youth intermediate, youth team, - all adding up to over 50 dancers. We teach the varying different styles from the very beginning at our classes in Exeter on a Wednesday evening, and take people from 6 to 70. All you need is a willingness to learn.

Glory of the West is a women's Cotswold Morris side based in the City of Exeter. We are a group of women from various walks of life drawn together by a love of dance, traditional music, and chocolate. We meet once a week, along with our talented musicians (who are not necessarily women), to chat, dance, gossip, dance, drink, dance, eat chocolate, dance, have fun and dance. Glory of the West was founded in 1976 at Exeter University.
Telephone: Carol Mantell 7QR 01647 252740

"Great Western are a nationally-renowned Cotswold Morris team, based in Exeter, Devon. Great Western likes to put on a good show of 'Performance Morris'; dancing with character, audience contact, and a high entertainment value. They don't take it too seriously!"
Mike Boston email.

Formed in 1977, Green Willow are a ladies clog team performing traditional dances originating from the NW of England using sticks, garlands, mollies and hankies.  We practise during the winter on Thursday evenings, 8 - 10 pm, at Dartington near Totnes.  New dancers and musicians always welcome.
Telephone: Jacqueline on 07748 121093

Grimspound dances the Welsh Border style of Morris dancing. It is a vigorous style danced with sticks (no hankies!) Grimspound is a mixed team. We practice in the winter and dance out in the summer both locally and travelling to Folk and Morris festivals around the country. We meet on Thursday at 8.00pm Sept to April, and at various venues during the summer. The membership fee is £20.00 p.a. 'We are always recruiting.  New dancers, over 10 years old, and musicians will be made very welcome: come and join us and have fun with your heritage!
Telephone: Lee Merry 01626 835010 or go to FaceBook

Harberton Navy was formed in 1995, and is a mixed side dancing Cotswold.

Founded in 1984, Heather and Gorse Clog Dancers are a ladies only dancing side (but we do have male musicians!) based near Newton Abbot, Devon. We dance mainly North West Morris dances with the occasional Cotswold dance thrown in. Our main aim is to enjoy ourselves, but we also hope that we provide entertainment for others.

Isambard's Gasket Rats are a friendly, welcoming mixed border side. Our dances and tunes are written by side members and reflect their lives, the countryside and sea around South Devon. We hold winter practices on 3 Wednesday evenings per month at The Teign Heritage Centre, Teignmouth, ready to dance out during summer months. No experience needed, just enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.
Please contact Debs on 01626 770238 for further information.

Irish Set Dancing is the traditional form of social dancing in Ireland which is much loved by today's dancers. Here in Exeter (Devon), it is as popular as ever. We would be delighted to see you if you would like to join us at any time. Just drop in whenever you feel like it or call in if you are in the area.
The much acclaimed Newton Bushel Morris are a Cotswold side and we meet every Thursday at 8pm. During the season, we dance out around Torquay, Newton Abbot and the South Devon area. Winter practice is held in Kingskerswell.
We are a mixed side who welcome anyone over 16 who would be proud to maintain this great English cultural tradition.
No prior experience needed, we will teach you all you need to know! For more details, see our website, visit Facebook, telephone: Squire, Rod Shute, 01803 403153 or email.

Otter Morris Otter Morris are an East Devon mixed Border Morris side who practice on Monday evenings, October to May at Feniton Youth Centre. The colours of the oak leaf are reflected in their tatters and face paint and they are known for their high energy, noisy dances. New musicians and dancers always welcomed.
Visit Facebook or email

The Plymouth Maids clog dancers were formed in 1980 and are still going strong.  Dancing in the North-West Morris tradition, we perform dances from that tradition and dances composed by team members past and present.  We are a small, friendly group of women who welcome new members, aged 16 years or over.  No previous experience is needed; just a sense of rhythm.  We practice on Thursday evenings 8 - 9.45 from late September to the end of April at St Bartholomew’s Church Hall, PL2 3 BZ, opposite the Life Centre in Plymouth.  Come along any Thursday to give it a try.
Telephone: Sue Hawes on 01752 345054 or email

Plymouth Morris are members of the Morris Ring and perform mostly Cotswold traditions but also dances from Plymouth, including the use of cutlasses. We welcome any new male or female dancers or musicians.
We hold workshops for beginners and the more experienced, as well as musicians, Wednesday evenings from 8 to 10pm from October to the end of April. contact our Bagman - Marion Reece email or go to website

As Sullivan Plymouth Poet Laureate says:- Plymouth's Morris are we, dancing brave and dancing free; Dancing bold your ports and piers, more than half a thousand years; Just as Drake and Raleigh we, shade this City's history; Through the joy and through the sorrow, dancing proud unto the morrow...

We are arguably Exeter's jolliest Clog Morris side, just bring your sense of humour along and listen! Our members are drawn from across Devon, keen to enjoy the fun and frolics of our mixed side. There is a serious side though, when we practice at Clyst St George & Ebford Village hall under the careful guidance of Caz on Tuesday evenings between October and May. New dancers are always very welcome, just come along and have a go!  Full instruction given. Our music is provided by an ever growing band.
Telephone: Triss Cummings on 01626 367173 email

Rough Diamond (Appalachian Cloggers) are Based in Axminster, East Devon we regularly perform throughout South Somerset and West Dorset as well.
"Rough Diamond" are an energetic and vibrant Appalachian Clogging team based in the SW of England specialising in both traditional greengrass and cutting edge contemporary dance routines straight from the US. We meet every Wednesday evening, from 7:30 to 10pm, in the Drama Club building behind Axminster Guildhall; new members are always welcome. Contact Marion at 01460220607 or visit our FaceBook page for more information. email

Shuffle the Deck were formed in 1995 & are based in South Devon, where they practice on Wednesday from 7.30pm - 9.15pm at South Brent Old School Community Centre, Totnes Road South Brent TQ10 9BP. Using traditional steps brought over by American groups, the dancers provide a vibrant percussive accompaniment to authentic Old Time music played by their band, 44 Gun, on banjo, fiddle & guitar. They are available to hire and regularly perform at festivals, local fetes, fairs and country shows.
Telephone: Kathy Houlihan 01752 893335 or 07719652885 or email

Sidmouth Steppers ladies North West Morris was formed in 1998 following the 45th Sidmouth International Folk Festival. Most of the dances that the Sidmouth Steppers perform originated in the North of England and were performed by mill workers at holiday festivals and in processions. We practice each Tuesday evening at the Guide Hut in Sidmouth.
North Devon
AngleTwitch Morris

AngleTwitch Morris is a mixed Border side although we do venture into the world of Cotswold or whatever takes our fancy, occasionally.  We like to adapt, change, write our own dances as well as perform some of the traditional repertoire. We dance in different coloured tatter jackets and fancy hats, with faces to match and have been described as 'the rainbow side'.  We have a great band of musicians who wear black.  The main criterion we have for dancers is that they perform with accuracy and energy!! We like to dance to an audience (preferably not outside a pub with only one man and a dog watching)and enjoy dancing at local events like Green Man in Barnstaple, and further afield, like Upton upon Severn or Folk Festival.
We practice on a Tuesday evening between 8 and 10 in Braunton, North Devon, and welcome potential or experienced dancers or musicians who can give it some welly!  We are friendly and open and happy for you to 'try before you buy'. 
Contact Liz by text or phone on 07900838828 or email

Bideford Phoenix are a mixed morris side, based in Bideford, North Devon.  We dance both Cotswold and Border traditions. We welcome anyone who would like to join us, whether you have experience of morris dancing or are a complete beginner who isn’t sure if morris dancing is for you but would like to give it a try!

We practise every Wednesday evening at the Baptist Church Hall, Bideford from September to April and dance out throughout the summer.

We are a friendly bunch (we think!), so if you would like to come along or would like more information please telephone: Carolyn Bennion 01237 473798 or email 

Mixed border side based in Barnstaple.
For more information email

Cogs & Wheels Ladies Morris were formed in 1995. We take our inspiration from Finch Foundry in Sticklepath and the surrounding Dartmoor landscape. Our costumes reflect the hues of the moor and our Beldames style of dancing is quite distinctive. We perform a wide variety of dances from several traditions — mostly Cotswold, with some Border and some our own.
The origins of Morris dancing are often disputed but even Henry VIII married six times to get a Morris side together! The traditions have survived many centuries having been rediscovered by Cecil Sharp at the turn of the last Century.
For more information contact Donna Tombs email

Mixed Border side based at West Down, nr Ilfracombe, North Devon. Wednesday nights practice nights 7.30 - 9.30
Marlene Cann - email

Ladies North West Clog Morris, Formed approx 1980 - Women clog-dancers who - supported by our musical backers - perform a variety of traditional Morris dances from the North West of England (although we do dance some from other parts of the Country).

Lodestone is a Border Morris Side that formed in September 2004. We are an adult mixed side who dance in tatter coats and dance with energy and attitude.
The side practises in Tavistock from October to April on Thursday nights between 8pm and 10 pm. During the summer the side is busy dancing at local pubs and weekend festivals. Please visit our website for the latest information
If you are interested or want further details please go to website

Tinners Morris Men is based in South Zeal, Devon and is named after the Dartmoor tin industry.

Lively mixed side, based just north of Dartmoor. Repertoire includes both Cotswold & border style, and several of our own dances.
They have performed at festivals in France Holland and Ireland as well as at festivals in the UK.
Telephone: Angela Haines 01837 83219 or email
Other areas
Based in Porthleven, Cornwall and formed in Autumn 2006.

We meet every Monday night throughout the winter at Trinity Church Hall, Taunton at 8.00pm. and from Easter onwards we dance in local villages, at fetes and Folk Festivals. All are welcome to join as musicians although dancers are ladies only. Our repertoire includes North West Team dances, Clog stepping, and a collection of dances from around the British Isles which we call "soft shoe" dances

Tatters Border Morris, based in Redruth, Cornwall. We dance Border and Rapper and meet in Christ Church, Lanner every Thursday evening at 7.30. New dancers, musicians welcome anytime!
Telephone: Chris Bevington 01209 821188

Trigg Morris men perform dances of the "Cotswold" style, and have concentrated on the Traditions, (or Collections), from the villages of Bucknell, Fieldtown, (now Leafield), and Stanton Harcourt, all in Oxfordshire. 
Telephone: Roger Hancock, 01208 73907

Lyme Morris (Previously Uplyme Morris)

Lyme Morris is a traditional morris dancing side representing Lyme Regis and Uplyme.  It was formed over 10 years ago and since then has danced regularly in Devon and Dorset entertaining locals and holiday makers alike and can often be seen at festivals or dancing on the seafront at Lyme Regis.  It favours the use of long sticks and its dances are high energy, high impact and focused on having fun for both the performers and the watching public.  A key aspect of the side is supporting good causes in both dances and monies, making significant donation to local charities. The side will maintain its White and Green livery and iconic top hats.

If you would like to see Lyme Morris Perform it’s upcoming 2020 programme is on Facebook. Alternatively if you would like to help maintain this traditional form of dance the side are always looking out for new musicians and dancers to join.  The contact details are also on Facebook.

From the Tamar Valley in South East Cornwall. We rehearse at St Dominick and we perform both traditional and new dances in an ever-evolving assortment.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly bunch and we always welcome new members (or just those who think they might like to "have a go"). We'd love to meet new dancers and musicians at one of our events, or at a weekly rehearsal (Thursdays Oct-May, St Dominick Village Hall from 8pm).

Other Dance

Irish Set Dancing Classes every Wednesday evening 8.00 - 10.00pm 
at The Bradley Suite, Jolly Farmer Pub, Market Street, Newton Abbot. More information contact Maggie Daniel Telephone 01626 204350 or email

Tudor Dance Group - Originally started in 1985 and based in Exeter the aim of the Tudor Dance Group is to promote 16th century dance. Telephone: Elizabeth Thurgood 01404 812185.

Meet on the first Saturday of the month at St Marks Church Hall, Pinhoe, Exeter, from 10.00 am to 1.00pm. 


Bovey Tracey Mummers
Telephone - Rod Wilkins 01803 812581

Kings Arms Pace Egg and Mummers
Dave Denford, The Cottage, Ramsley, South Zeal, EX10 2LD

North Devon Mummers

Sidmouth Traditional Mummers
Email or Telephone: Henry Piper 01404 811491

Morris Dancers and Musicians Wanted

Morris Dancers wanted
Morris dancers wanted to dance at Ostlers Apple Cider Festival on Friday 17 January 2020. Ostlers Cider Mill, Goodleigh, Barnstaple, EX32 7NR. Go to website Contact Telephone: 01271321241 Email:

Melodeon Player wanted
Lyme Morris need a melodeon player to join a great social Morris side on East Devon Dorset border. Playing some lively Morris and other tunes. For further information contact: Peter Morton, Squire Lyme Morris email Mobile 07917748087
Date listed 20.09.19.

Bradninch Miller's
Join in our 10th Year as a Guest Dancer (including Greenman, Upton, Teignmouth , Bridport, Lyme and Swanage Folk Festivals. (Click here to see full programme)
Get in touch and we can get you dancing with us, complete novice or morris "tart" we can find a suitable place for you (but in your comfort zone and experience) in our dance repertoire of Cotswold, Border, Stave or Molly.
It is not too late to be involved at home and at festivals. Take up the challenge for Bradninch. Drop in on a Friday night at the West End Hall 8.00pm contact us via our website P.S. why not bring a friend.
Date listed: 19.03.19.

Formed in 1972, Newton Bushel Morris is a mixed traditional Cotswold side. Our main night is Thursday when between May and September we can be found dancing at pubs and other venues around Torbay, Newton Abbot and South East Dartmoor. We also have a busy schedule of Festivals, Fetes, Charity Gigs etc. During the winter months we practice on a Thursday in Kingskerswell. There are also monthly Sunday workshops.
With the impending retirement of our lead musician we are now looking to recruit musicians to enable a seamless handover. Whilst we primarily seek squeeze box players we would welcome enquiries from other musicians with instruments that suit the Cotswold tradition. Interested? Then please check out our website or email. Alternatively call our Squire, Rod Shute on 01803 403153 or our Bagman, Dave Warren on 01626 330458