The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

Welcome to the Morris Ring

  • Dartington Morris Men and the Vicar of Filkins
  • Moulton MM at Thaxted 2014 by John Savill
  • Saddleworth MM process across Tower Bridge
  • Thaxted Centenary Meeting 2011. Photograph by Mike Stevens.
  • Past Squires Eddie and Adam

The Morris Ring was formed in 1934 and presently is an association of some 180 Morris, Sword and Mummers Clubs and Teams keeping our wonderful traditions alive.

At our 2018 Annual Representatives Meeting there was overwhelming support for a proposal to enable any morris team, whatever its gender make up, to become a member of The Morris Ring if they support the founding principles of the organisation:

“The object of the Morris Ring shall be to encourage the performance of the Morris, to maintain its traditions and to preserve its history; to bring into contact all the Morris Clubs or Teams. The purpose of the Morris Ring is not to replace or supersede the existing organisations, but to sub-serve them. The Clubs shall in all respects retain their independence.”

Now any established Club or Team which meets regularly to enjoy Morris or Sword Dancing or Mumming, and endeavours to uphold the standards and dignity of the Morris, shall be eligible for Membership of the Morris Ring.

Full details of our membership benefits and process can be found on the A guide to Membership page.

You will find all you need to know about our rich historyofficers and contactsmember sidesmusic,  and Ring events within these pages ... and much, much more. Take time to browse our newsletters and announcements, publications and reports and spend your money freely in the Morris Shop.

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This is the time-of-year for many Guisers and Mumming Plays. Tracking the many performances is difficult! Two recommended ways are to look for past folk play performances, or search the Master Mummers performance index.

31 May 2019

This year we shall be dedicating the weekend to the memory of Ian Anderson, who, as well as being Thaxted Morris Men Treasurer, was the Morris Weekend Bagman. Ian contributed massively to the success of our weekends of Morris dancing and was a friend to many of you and your sides.

The programme:

The weekend format is the same as it has been for the last 90 years and is a men only weekend. 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.

7 Jun 2019

We will be holding our annual Ale 2019 over the weekend 7th, 8th & 9th June and we would like Morris Rng member sides to come and join us. 

We still have some details to finalise, including the cost, but this is what we propose,

The Weekend will be based in our home village of Wrotham in Kent with its three pubs.

30 Mar 2019

The Joint Morris Organisations' National Day of Dance will take place on Saturday 30th March 2019 in Manchester, hosted by Medlock Rapper on behalf of The Morris Federation.