The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

Welcome to the Morris Ring

  • Wakefield Morris Dancers
  • Thaxted Centenary Meeting 2011. Photograph by Mike Stevens.
  • Taylor's Morris - Westminster DoD 2018
  • The Witchmen
  • Foot Up from Ravensbourne MM

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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This matter has been under review for some years, with statements and advice to sides being issued by successive squires.

These have increasingly asked sides to consider their continued use of such face make up, the effect it has on their audience, the safety of their side members, and what alternatives could be used to achieve the same effect.  Many member sides have heeded this advice and stopped using it.

The issue has however remained under constant review by the officers because although it has a complex and uncertain history, it is perceived by some as racist.

A statement from the Morris Ring in conjunction with our fellow morris organisations:

The Joint Morris Organisations (JMO) wholly condemns and disassociates themselves from the sentiments expressed in an article recently published on a nationalist website. We hope the entire morris community would join us in rejecting the divisive narrative put forward by this article. 

 Morris is a unique cultural tradition of which we should be rightly proud. However, we will never support a divisive narrative which seeks to put our tradition beyond certain groups.

The Morris Shop has suspended operations in the current situation. 

We are aware of continuing problems receiving goods from The Morris Shop, an operation independent of The Morris Ring. Whilst much of this may be a result of the current lockdown, we are aware of more general issues and we are attempting to resolve these to the benefit of all concerned.

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, resist the temptation to do so in any breach of the "Lockdown" - both in the law and the spirit of the regulations.