The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

Welcome to the Morris Ring

  • Moulton MM at Thaxted 2014 by John Savill
  • Golden Star
  • Wakefield Morris Dancers
  • Saddleworth MM process across Tower Bridge
  • Great Yorkshire

The Morris Ring was formed in 1934 and currently 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, is 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..

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My last official act.

Today I stand down as Squire of the Morris Ring to make way for Simon Newman to take the reins.

It has been a blast & I would not have missed it for the world except for the last few months of course,but the Norns will have there fun. "Wyrd bid ful araed" as Uhtred of Bebbanberg would say.

2020 has been a non-event as far as the Morris Ring membership is concerned as a result of the social distancing measures that are in place to stem the spread of Covid-19. 

This is the first time that it has happened and we the Morris Ring Officers recognise this and that there has not been the opportunity to dance out and collect whilst at the same time sides still have costs to meet.

23 October 2020 to 25 October 2020

After some hard thinking, deliberating and procrastination,  we have decided to POSTPONE, rather than cancel, this year's event for the following reasons:

1) Social distance Morris, although possible, is difficult. And trying to keep a load of fools and beasts 2m apart will be impossible.
Even if restrictions are lifted by end if October, which doesn't seem that likely
2) we cannot police the audience to remain 2m apart
3) and, this was the deciding factor,  the venue for accommodation, ie the Scout hut, is closed at least until next April.

So, we intend to postpone until the Spring, poss early May. AND still hold one in October 2021 too!

This year's Unconvention would have been hosted by Plymouth Morris based at the Blindmans Wood Scout Centre, 324 Outland Road, Plymouth, Devon PL3 5TB.

We know many of us can't wait to get back out dancing, playing tunes, meeting old mates and entertaining -  but please, we urge you, continue to resist the temptation to do so in any breach of the "Lockdown" - both in the law and the spirit of the regulations:.

This is the latest updated advice as at 13 August (do read the Introduction in full) :

 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts