The National Association of Men's Morris & Sword Dance Clubs

Welcome to the Morris Ring

  • Saddleworth MM process across Tower Bridge
  • Foot Up from Ravensbourne MM
  • Dartington Morris Men and the Vicar of Filkins
  • Thaxted Centenary Meeting 2011. Photograph by Mike Stevens.
  • Moulton MM at Thaxted 2014 by John Savill

The Morris Ring was formed over 80 years ago to encourage the performance of the Morris, to maintain its traditions and to preserve its history; to bring into contact all the Men's Morris Clubs or Teams. It is now an association of 150 Men's Morris, Sword and Mummers Clubs and Teams. 

Within these pages you will find all you need to know about our rich historyofficers and contacts, member sides, music, events and much, much more. Take time to browse our newsletters and announcements, publications and reports and spend your money freely in the Morris Shop

Looking for a morris side near you?  Try our Find a Side page.

For "live" updates, many more photos and chat, visit our more informal Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheMorrisRing.

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Latest news

8 Jun 2018

The Hartley Morris Men will be holding their annual Ale over the weekend 8th-10th June 2018.
Our weekend Ales have always taken the format of a ‘traditional’ Ring Meeting (but without a Church service) so as with our 2017 event we are happy to again run it as one in 2018, to which all Morris Ring sides are invited to attend.

19 Jan 2018

The Morris Ring welcomes applications from member sides to take part in the fortieth anniversary Jigs Instructional.

The Jigs Instructional offers Morris men of varying levels of accomplishment a weekend of high-quality dance coaching – even those who have no ambition to perform jigs in public.

Using the solo dance as a vehicle for instruction, this event offers a good basic grounding in the art and science of Cotswold Morris in general and the Morris Jig in particular.

There are parallel streams for improvers and for more confident practitioners, plus sessions for less experienced men covering some basic techniques of the Cotswold dance. It all happens in Sutton Bonington, just off the A6 between Loughborough and Derby.

News

News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world

1 Jun 2018

As at the time of writing there were just the two Ring Meetings in 2018 - Helmond in Holland and the Annual Saddleworth Rushcart, teams may wish to consider the Thaxted weekend as an alternative.  The Harley Ale has since been added

The weekend format is the same as it has been for the last 90 years.  This includes male only performances, including musicians.  Informal dancing Friday evening followed by singing and music in in the Maypole or Star.   The Swan is for those who prefer a quieter night.

27 Oct 2017

Hosted by The Stafford Morris Men, Church Eaton Staffordshire - latest joining instructions.