The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

Welcome to the Morris Ring

  • Foot Up from Ravensbourne MM
  • Moulton MM at Thaxted 2014 by John Savill
  • Wakefield Morris Dancers
  • Saddleworth MM process across Tower Bridge
  • First Class Stamp

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..

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

If you really want to have a good browse through all the content, see our Site Map!

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

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Latest news

4 December 2021

Dancers needed for the Original Welsh Border Tour

15 July 2022 to 17 July 2022

They are now at capacity and can accept no more sides.

This is THE Ring Meeting for 2022 that you cannot miss!

 

The venue is the world-renowned Shuttleworth Collection (near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire) of over 40 airworthy aircraft dating from 1909, plus vintage and veteran cars and motorcycles, and much more. See www.shuttleworth.org for details. And you will get free access (normally £15) to all this on the Sunday!

News

News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world

29 October 2021 to 31 October 2021

Open to all budding or experienced Fools, Beasts and Morris Characters from any team from the Ring, Open or Federation. A truly JMO event!

Due to various complications, including covid-19 restrictions, and notwithstanding a lot of effort from myself & Julian, we were not able to go ahead with a 2021 Unconvention in Plymouth as planned.

Instead, our Member, Jed Dunn, has offered his facilities at short notice at The Monkland Arms, Monkland, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9DE.

The latest news of the Bagman's travels, good news from the Treasurer and news of things to come, including next year's ARM scheduled for 5th March at the now customary location at the Oak...