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
  • Thaxted Centenary Meeting 2011. Photograph by Mike Stevens.
  • Great Yorkshire
  • Saddleworth MM process across Tower Bridge

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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News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world

7 Jun 2019

I have to inform you that, regrettably, there will not be a Hartley Morris Ale this year.  This is due to the difficulty of obtaining the services of a caterer at reasonable cost, low numbers and rising fixed costs.

31 May 2019

STOP PRESS................... 

Thaxted Morris will have, as their special guests at their Morris Weekend 2019, a group of Basque dancers from Berriz a small town in the province of Biscay, in northern Spain.  This will mark the 80th anniversary of a group of Basque dancers attending Thaxted Morris Weekend in 1939.  Here is are links to photographs of the group.

https://dantzan.eus/argazkiak/berriz-san-lorentzo-2012

https://dantzan.eus/kidea/ezpalak/san-lorentzo-dantza-taldea-2013-berriz-bizkaia

https://dantzan.eus/bideoak/san-lorentzo-berriz-dantzari-dantza-erregelak-1989

2 Mar 2019

Hosted by Uttoxeter/Stafford Morris Men, venue as last year:

Oak Farm Hotel, Watling Street ,Hatherton ,Cannock ,Staffordshire WS11 1SB 

There are 20 twin bedded rooms and 5 double bedded rooms. Book early to get a twin room! 

We may not be facing big issues this year but it is still an important event, never mind an excellent chance to catch up and actually have a chance to talk and chat properly without having to go and have a dance mid sentence (though there will be time for dancing later after a rather good feast).

18 Jan 2019

CANCELLED - unfortunately only half the places were taken up and the event was just not viable.