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If you have ever wanted to give Morris dancing a go - the autumn is the best time to contact your local side as this is when the practice season begins.


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Alive & Kicking are based in Exeter, Devon. The group was formed in 1989 and perform music and dance from the Appalachian Mountain region of the United States. Based on the traditional steps of Appalachian clogging, Alive & Kicking have developed their own distinctive and exciting style of Appalachian clog dance, using dances choreographed by members of the team.
Telephone: Julie Page 07815 966838

Beltane Border are based in Devon and have been growing and evolving for 12 years. They are a mixed Morris team, dancing their own energetic interpretation of Border Morris. Beltane is the Celtic name for May Day. Although performing a couple of traditional dances most of their repertoire has been created especially for them with strong influences from the ancient standing stones and stone circles of Dartmoor. Beltane can be recognised by their dominantly black tatter coats, blackened faces (for disguise) and top hats. The women also wear short, black skirts and fishnet tights, while the men wear black jeans.

Anyone interested is welcome to contact Dilys on 01803 295442. They practise at the Village Hall in  Chudleigh Knighton, from early October to May Day, and dance out at pubs across South Devon, and festivals further afield, during the summer.
Telephone Dilys Morgan Scott 01803 295442 or email


Bideford Phoenix are a mixed morris side, based in Bideford, North Devon.  We dance both Cotswold and Border traditions. We welcome anyone who would like to join us, whether you have experience of morris dancing or are a complete beginner who isn’t sure if morris dancing is for you but would like to give it a try!

We practise every Wednesday evening at the Baptist Church Hall, Bideford from September to April and dance out throughout the summer.

We are a friendly bunch (we think!), so if you would like to come along or would like more information please telephone:
Carolyn Bennion 01237 473798 or email 


Blackawton Morris
North-West (mostly) mixed Morris dance team. Practice from September to April and dance out May - August. Meet Monday 8pm at Blackawton School.
Telephone: Chris Janman 01803 712362

Black Bess Border is a womens border side based in Kingskerswell, S. Devon, & was was formed in 1997. The kit is based on the Highway man look consisting of black tricorn hat, mask, white blouse, white cravat, red tatter jacket, black breeches, white socks & black boots. The style of dance is Border which originated in the borders of Shropshire & Wales.
Telephone: 07896185071 or email

Mixed border side based in Barnstaple.
For more information email

Bradninch Miller's dance practice every Friday 8 till 10 - The White Lion. Bradninch Mixed side dancing a range of dances including; Cotswold, Border,Molly and Bradninch's own Miller's Broom Dance
Ian Bloomfield, 6, West End Road, Bradninch, EX5 4QW or email

Cat's Eye Morris were formed in 2005 to dance border Morris in their own style. They are an adult mixed side, and practice in Tideford (between Plymouth and Liskeard) on a Tuesday night. The kit is a bit unusual, including differently coloured shirts and long black split waistcoats. Cat's Eye welcome new members to dance with them. If you are interested in joining, or to enquire about booking the side for your event go to website

Cogs & Wheels Ladies Morris were formed in 1995. We take our inspiration from Finch Foundry in Sticklepath and the surrounding Dartmoor landscape. Our costumes reflect the hues of the moor and our Beldames style of dancing is quite distinctive. We perform a wide variety of dances from several traditions — mostly Cotswold, with some Border and some our own.
The origins of Morris dancing are often disputed but even Henry VIII married six times to get a Morris side together! The traditions have survived many centuries having been rediscovered by Cecil Sharp at the turn of the last Century.
Telephone: Alexa Mason 01647 277498 or email

From Adderbury to Winster (not quite A to Z) but close enough! Since the early days of Dartington Hall (1968), the side has taken an interest in a very wide variety of the Cotswold traditions, occasionally straying to Upton upon Severn in the Border region, to Lichfield (Staffs) in the Midlands and to Badby, Brackley and Hinton in the East.
Contact: John Skirton email

Dartmoor Border Morris perform traditional border dances from the English/Welsh borders.
The side is a family based, with ages ranging from 2 to 82! A seasonal mummers play has also become a firm favourite.
We practice (yep, it`s hard to believe) from October to April in Meavy village hall (Near Yelverton) from 8pm, followed by music in the Walkhampton Inn.
New musicians of any acoustic background & on any level of competence are always welcome!
From May to September we dance at numerous Dartmoor pub’s & attend local Fetes & festivals. You can follow our progress on our website If you would like to contact us telephone: Tregie 01752 299700 or visit website

The oldest established side in Devon, formed in 1951. In our black top hats and distinctive green waistcoats we are a familiar sight in villages and seaside resorts of South & East Devon during the summer months.
We are proud of our reputation for our high standard of dancing Cotswold Morris, and we have represented the UK at festivals in France, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Holland, Germany and the USA, as well as appearing at major folk festivals in Britain.
Telephone: Mike Painter 01392 426743 email

Mixed Border side based at West Down, nr Ilfracombe, North Devon. Wednesday nights practice nights 7.30 - 9.30
Telephone - Sue White 01237 451261 - email

Formed in 1996 FireStone is now one of the premier teams in Britain. Performing a mixture of percussive dance styles centred around the Appalachian and Irish dance traditions, FireStone are lively, colourful and loud. FireStone love to perform, and have done so at many folk festivals across the country - including Sidmouth festival. They come with their own stage, p.a. and band - just needing flat ground and a power socket to perform! FireStone is without doubt the largest group of its kind in the UK. There are 6 distinct groupings within the FireStone banner - adult beginners, adult intermediate, adult team, youth beginners, youth intermediate, youth team, - all adding up to over 50 dancers. We teach the varying different styles from the very beginning at our classes in Exeter on a Wednesday evening, and take people from 6 to 70. All you need is a willingness to learn.
Telephone: Richard Mason on 01392 411434 or email

Glory of the West is a women's Cotswold Morris side based in the City of Exeter. We are a group of women from various walks of life drawn together by a love of dance, traditional music, and chocolate. We meet once a week, along with our talented musicians (who are not necessarily women), to chat, dance, gossip, dance, drink, dance, eat chocolate, dance, have fun and dance. Glory of the West was founded in 1976 at Exeter University.
Telephone: Carol Mantell 7QR 01647 252740

"Great Western are a nationally-renowned Cotswold Morris team, based in Exeter, Devon. Great Western likes to put on a good show of 'Performance Morris'; dancing with character, audience contact, and a high entertainment value. They don't take it too seriously!"
Telephone: Duncan Moss 01626 354 705.

Formed in 1977, Green Willow are a ladies clog team performing traditional dances originating from the NW of England using sticks, garlands, mollies and hankies.  We practise during the winter on Thursday evenings, 8 - 10 pm, at Dartington near Totnes.  New dancers and musicians always welcome.
Telephone Jacqueline 07748 121 093


Grimspound dances the Welsh Border style of Morris dancing. It is a vigorous style danced with sticks (no hankies!) Grimspound is a male only team although broadminded female musicians are welcome. We practice in the winter and dance out in the summer both locally and travelling to Folk and Morris festivals around the country. We meet on Mondays at 8pm Sept to April, and at various venues during the summer. The membership fee is £10 p.a. Male dancers over 10 years old are welcome plus musicians of either sex.
Telephone: Lee Merry 01626 835010 or email

Harberton Navy was formed in 1995, and is a mixed side dancing Cotswold.
Telephone: Nonnie Duncan 01803 867650

Founded in 1984, Heather and Gorse Clog Dancers are a ladies only dancing side (but we do have male musicians!) based near Newton Abbot, Devon. We dance mainly North West Morris dances with the occasional Cotswold dance thrown in. Our main aim is to enjoy ourselves, but we also hope that we provide entertainment for others.
Telephone: Jenny Gill, 01626 779795

Ladies North West Clog Morris, Formed approx 1980 - Women clog-dancers who - supported by our musical backers - perform a variety of traditional Morris dances from the North West of England (although we do dance some from other parts of the Country).
Telephone: Janet Ellis 01271 342351

Imbolc Bedlam Border Morris - a brand new mixed border morris side based in the Teign Valley. We aim to bring a fresh, dynamic style to the world of Morris and are looking for men and women dancers and musicians to join the creative process.
Visit our website to see where we're performing this summer. We will be practicing every Wednesday night at Hennock Village Hall from October to May. Please contact 07773 403422 or email.

Isambard's Gasket Rats

A mixed border side and practice in Bovey Tracey on alternate Wednesday evenings. All our dances and music are written and performed by side members, inspired by the countryside and sea around South Devon. Please contact our Bag Person, Deb Rendell on 01626 770238 or email for more information.


Lodestone is a Border Morris Side that formed in September 2004. We are an adult mixed side who dance in tatter coats and dance with energy and attitude.
The side practises in Tavistock from October to April on Thursday nights between 8pm and 10 pm. During the summer the side is busy dancing at local pubs and weekend festivals. Please visit our website for the latest information
If you are interested or want further details please go to website


Irish Set Dancing is the traditional form of social dancing in Ireland which is much loved by today's dancers. Here in Exeter (Devon), it is as popular as ever. We would be delighted to see you if you would like to join us at any time. Just drop in whenever you feel like it or call in if you are in the area.

The much acclaimed Newton Bushel Morris are a Cotswold side and we meet every Thursday at 8pm. During the season, we dance out around Torquay, Newton Abbot and the South Devon area. Winter practice is held in Kingskerswell.
We are a mixed side who welcome anyone over 16 who would be proud to maintain this great English cultural tradition.
No prior experience needed, we will teach you all you need to know! For more details, see our website, visit Facebook, or telephone: Dave Warren 01626 330458  or email.

The Plymouth Maids clog dancers were formed in 1980 and are still going strong.  Dancing in the North-West Morris tradition, we perform dances from that tradition and dances composed by team members past and present.  We are a small, friendly group of women who welcome new members, aged 16 years or over.  No previous experience is needed; just a sense of rhythm.  We practice on Thursday evenings 8 - 9.45 from late September to the end of April at St Bartholomew’s Church Hall, PL2 3 BZ, opposite the Life Centre in Plymouth.  Come along any Thursday to give it a try.
Telephone: Sue Hawes on 01752 345054 or email


Plymouth Morris men are members of the Morris Ring and perform mostly Cotswold traditions but also dances from Plymouth, including the use of cutlasses. We welcome any new dancers or musicians.
We hold workshops for beginners and the more experienced, as well as musicians, Wednesday evenings from 8 to 10pm from October to the end of April. contact our Bagman - Joe Cumming  Mobile 07831 442 603 or email or go to website

As Sullivan Plymouth Poet Laureate says:- Plymouth's Morris Men are we, dancing brave and dancing free; Dancing bold your ports and piers, more than half a thousand years; Just as Drake and Raleigh we, shade this City's history; Through the joy and through the sorrow, dancing proud unto the morrow...


Based in Porthleven, Cornwall and formed in Autumn 2006.
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We are arguably Exeter's jolliest Clog Morris side, just bring your sense of humour along and listen! Our members are drawn from across Devon, keen to enjoy the fun and frolics of our mixed side. There is a serious side though, when we practice at Ide Village hall under the careful guidance of Annie on Tuesday evenings between October and May.
Our music is provided by an ever growing band.
Telephone Jane Hewitt 01392 660646


Rough Diamond (Appalachian Cloggers) are Based in Axminster, East Devon we regularly perform throughout South Somerset and West Dorset as well.
"Rough Diamond" are an energetic and vibrant Appalachian Clogging team based in the SW of England specialising in both traditional greengrass and cutting edge contemporary dance routines straight from the US. We meet every Wednesday evening, from 7:30 to 10pm, in the Drama Club building behind Axminster Guildhall; new members are always welcome. Contact Marion at 01460220607 or visit our FaceBook page for more information. email

Saffron Maids are a North West Morris Clog and Garland Dance team of 15 years standing who practice throughout the year on Wednesdays in the upstairs of “Coffee Corner”, Wadebridge Cornwall located just past the cinema. We practice from 7.30 p.m. on Wednesdays - you will find us welcoming anyone 16 years and over who would like to ‘give it a go’ or to just watch and see if it appeals.
Yvonne 01208 850776, Marion 01208 72990 or Janet 01637 880394

Shuffle the Deck were formed in 1995 & are based at Staverton near Totnes, where they practice on Wednesday from 7.30pm in Staverton village hall. Using traditional steps brought over by American groups, the dancers provide a vibrant percussive accompaniment to authentic Old Time music played by their band, 44 Gun, on banjo, fiddle & guitar. They are available to hire and regularly perform at festivals, local fetes, fairs and country shows.
Telephone: Jenny Draper 01364 643320


Sidmouth Steppers ladies North West Morris was formed in 1998 following the 45th Sidmouth International Folk Festival. Most of the dances that the Sidmouth Steppers perform originated in the North of England and were performed by mill workers at holiday festivals and in processions. We practice each Tuesday evening at the Guide Hut in Sidmouth.
Telephone: Liz Clode 01395 513389 or
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We meet every Monday night throughout the winter at Trinity Church Hall, Taunton at 8.00pm. and from Easter onwards we dance in local villages, at fetes and Folk Festivals. All are welcome to join as musicians although dancers are ladies only. Our repertoire includes North West Team dances, Clog stepping, and a collection of dances from around the British Isles which we call "soft shoe" dances
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Tatters Border Morris, based in Redruth, Cornwall. We dance Border and Rapper and meet in Christ Church, Lanner every Thursday evening at 7.30. New dancers, musicians welcome anytime!
Telephone: Chris Bevington 01209 821188

Tinners Morris Men is based in South Zeal, Devon and is named after the Dartmoor tin industry.
Telephone: Mike Palmer 01647 433464

Trigg Morris men perform dances of the "Cotswold" style, and have concentrated on the Traditions, (or Collections), from the villages of Bucknell, Fieldtown, (now Leafield), and Stanton Harcourt, all in Oxfordshire. 
Telephone: Roger Hancock, 01208 73907

Tudor Dance Group
Originally started in 1985 and based in Exeter the aim of the Tudor Dance Group is to promote 16th century dance.
Telephone: Elizabeth Thurgood 01404 831512

Uplyme Morris Men based in Devon perform dances from the Cotswold tradition.
Telephone: Timothy Fox 01297 443072

Lively mixed side, based just north of Dartmoor. Repertoire includes both Cotswold & border style, and several of our own dances.
They have performed at festivals in France Holland and Ireland as well as at festivals in the UK.
Telephone: Averil Stacey 01271 831461 email

From the Tamar Valley in South East Cornwall. We rehearse at St Dominick and we perform both traditional and new dances in an ever-evolving assortment.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly bunch and we always welcome new members (or just those who think they might like to "have a go"). We'd love to meet new dancers and musicians at one of our events, or at a weekly rehearsal (Thursdays Oct-May, St Dominick Village Hall from 8pm).
Telephone: Jack Spiers 01579 350696


Mummers


Bovey Tracey Mummers
Telephone - Rod Wilkins 01803 812581

Kings Arms Pace Egg and Mummers
Dave Denford, The Cottage, Ramsley, South Zeal, EX10 2LD

North Devon Mummers
Telephone - Francis and Barbara Verdigi 01271 813843

Sidmouth Traditional Mummers
Email or Telephone: Henry Piper 01404 811491

Irish Set Dance


Irish Set Dancing Classes every Wednesday evening 8.00 - 10.00pm 
at The Bradley Suite, Jolly Farmer Pub, Market Street, Newton Abbot. More information contact Maggie Daniel Telephone 01626 204350 or email