The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

Welcome to the Morris Ring

  • Great Yorkshire
  • Wakefield Morris Dancers
  • Faithful City dance Upton at Upton 2019 - by Steven Archer
  • Thaxted Centenary Meeting 2011. Photograph by Mike Stevens.
  • Golden Star

The Morris Ring was formed in 1934 and presently is an association of some 190 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.

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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News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world

25 October 2019 to 27 October 2019

This year's Unconvention will be based at the Pinewood Scout Centre, Croydon, CR0 5AJ and will involve Bladder workshop for Fools, Show-and-Tell for Beasts, Set integration for all!

Saturday tour along the South Bank, getting into London via public transport. Plus the Feast  - at this stage probably in the Scout centre by outside caterers.

17 January 2020 to 19 January 2020

It's July already and perhaps a good time to start looking forward to next season.  If you've not had the confidence to dance a jig so far this year - or have, but wish to add to your repertoire and skill levels - you could do worse that to sign up for next January's Jigs Instructional and Cotswold Morris Workshop.  You’ll be in good company and made very welcome, whether you aspire to jig stardom or just want to revisit some Morris basics.  Priority bookings for Ring members until 1st October are still on offer and many have taken it up – over half the available places are already spoken for, so don't hang about! 

19 July 2019 to 21 July 2019

Tour details have been announced. Follow the build up on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/2019ringmeeting/