The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

Welcome to the Morris Ring

  • Taylor's Morris - Westminster DoD 2018
  • Faithful City dance Upton at Upton 2019 - by Steven Archer
  • Phoenix
  • Saddleworth MM process across Tower Bridge
  • Moulton MM at Thaxted 2014 by John Savill

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.

The Morris Ring held its Annual Representatives Meeting on 5th March 2022. This was our first physical meet up in 2 years as the 2021 meeting moved online to comply with lockdown restrictions. At the meeting, the representatives voted for Nigel Strudwick of Devil's Dyke Morris Men to succeed Simon Newman as the next Squire of the Morris Ring. Nigel has served as East of England area rep and Overseas Bagman for the Ring for several years and is looking forward to taking up his post next year.

Following several months of discussions, a new constitution and supporting documents for the running of the organisation were adopted by a majority vote. This is the end of many months of work put in by the Squire's commission to make these documents relevant and more accessible to the wider membership. We will publish the changes very shortly.

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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Latest news

4 March 2023

Notice is hereby given that the Annual Representatives Meeting (ARM) of the Morris Ring will take place on Saturday 4th March 2023 at Oak Farm Hotel, Watling St, Four Crosses, Cannock WS11 1SB. The usual options in terms of food and accommodation are available. Please download the form and return to Dr Peter Copley asap.

Under the rules of the constitution, the role of bagman is up for re-election. I’m happy to keep going but if anyone is desperate to takeover from me then please submit a 200 word summary and photograph before Jan 31st 2023. Read more about Annual Representatives' Meeting 2023

2 June 2023 to 4 June 2023

Dear friends

The fabulous Thaxted weekend of dance will be held on its traditional weekend in 2023, that is the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of June. Read more about Thaxted Annual Weekend of Dance

All you need know about Membership of the Morris Ring. 

Note: A discount in all membership types of £10 is in future applicable if paid by bank transfer. This reflects the now ease of electronic transfer and the additional inconvenience of cheque payments
  Read more about A Guide to Membership

28 October 2022 to 30 October 2022

This year, Mersey Morris are hosting the Unconvention, and it will be based on the Wirral Peninsula, Cheshire.Our base will be at Westbourne Community Centre, 59 Westbourne Rd, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 4DQ. Friday night there will be supper, bar, music/dance workshop and singing! Saturday tour will be mainly in Chester. AGM and workshop on Sunday. Indoor camping as usual; there is space for a few Motor Homes, but not caravans. Camping is probably available nearby. A list of hotels, B&Bs, and campsites is available on request. Read more about The Illustrious Order of Fools and Beasts Unconvention 2022, The Wirral, Cheshire

14 October 2022 to 16 October 2022

The 20th meeting of the Morris 18-30 is to take place on the weekend of 14-16 October 2022, based in the fair city of York. This year's entertainment will revert to the typical model popular in the before times, with practice for all men on Friday night in preparation for the tour on Saturday. To conclude the weekend, there will be dancing on Sunday where we will be joined by local Cotswold side Ebor Morris. Read more about Morris 18-30, York – Hosted by members of Ebor Morris