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

Traditional Morris Events: Whitsun

To a great extent the majority of traditional Whitsuntide events have migrated to the Late Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May. Pentecost or Whitsun is observed on the seventh Sunday after Easter. {The Greek "pentekoste" meaning the fiftieth day after Easter} Whit Sunday commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles, as recorded in the New Testament. The adoption of a late Spring Bank Holiday on the last Monday in May attempts to deal with the fact that Whitsuntide is a moveable feast dependent on the date of Easter. Thus the Whit Monday holiday is no longer necessarily at the church's Whitsuntide. As always, check for the actual date of the event. 

  • Kirtlington Lamb Ale :  Usually the weekend of Trinity Sunday (56 days after Easter Sunday) - See Kirtlington MM's website for actual dates.
  • Bourne River MM Spring Bank Holiday Monday  - Oak Apple Day at Great Wishford.  Dancing lunchtime at The Royal Oak, followed at approx 2,00pm by procession through village and then holding up traffic on the A36,Dancing lunchtime at The Royal Oak, followed at approx 2.00pm by procession through village.  They then have to make a hasty departure to get to Bampton in time for the evening.
  • Chipping Campden MM - Dover Games, CANCELLED usually the Friday after Spring Bank Holiday  - also known as the Cotswold Olimpick Games. Hopefully to be resurrected in 2018
  •  Chipping Campden MM - Scuttlebrook Wake, usually the Saturday after Spring Bank Holiday - Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, 2:30pm.
  • Bampton MM : Spring Bank Holiday Monday - Bampton, Oxfordshire.  All three of the Bampton sides tour separately round the gardens of the 'Big Houses' and pubs starting early in the morning. They are joined by guest sides in the evening. [The picture opposite is a broom dance by one of the Traditional Bampton Morris Dancers].
  • East Suffolk MM :  Spring Bank Holiday Monday Tour - 10:30am Abbey Gardens - Bury St Edmunds; 11:15am Market Square - Bury St Edmunds; 1:30pm Cock Inn - Clare Globe; 3:30pm The Bell - Castle Hedingham 
  • Gloucestershire MM :  Spring Bank HolidaySouth Cerney Street Fair 1:45pm & 3:00pm by invitation from their friends The Stroud Morris Dancers where the world famous " Duck Race " takes place : where the world famous " Duck Race " takes place www.southcerneystreetfair.org.uk
  • Headington Quarry MM :  Spring Bank Holiday Monday - Headington, Oxfordshire, eventide tour of the village public houses. Starting at The Six Bells, Headington Quarry, 7:30pm; 8:15pm at the Chequers; 9:00pm at the Mason's Arms - with Eynesham Morris Dancers
  • Kennet MM : Spring Bank Holiday Monday - The Pot Kiln Frilsham 12:15pm; Yattendon & Frilsham Fete from 2:15pm
  • Devil's Dyke MM : ​Whit Sunday 4th June - with Manor Mill Morris (North-west style), and Sutton Masque and SlackMaGirdle (both Border morris style). From 10.30 - dancing around Whaddon (All times are approximate!) The different sides will be moving around the village and you will be able to see them at different places. All will be at the Village Hall and at the Golf Centre, 11.25am - 12.15pm Village Hall; 12.30pm Service for Pentecost at St Mary’s; 1:30pm onwards.  After church, dancing at the Golf Centre, including social dancing. For full details see the website Whaddon Whitsun Weekend

The links given below will take you to more detailed desciptions of some of the other seasonal events.

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