2018 Evesham National Morris Weekend
22nd – 24th June
A weekend of colour, music and movement – a festival celebrating the best of all of the many forms of England’s national dance. Join us and many other Morris sides as we tour the beautiful villages (and pubs!) of the Vale of Evesham. And don’t miss the massed dancing in and around the historic market town of Evesham itself. On Saturday evening, there is a ceilidh at Evesham Rowing Club, and there are folk sessions in various town pubs and The Fleece Inn at Bretforton.
We are privileged to have been invited as a few of us are pretty new to Morris. Please do come along and support us – it will be a great weekend!
Find out more here.
Hythe Festival and Parade
Saturday 7th July, time TBC, CT21 6JB
Join us for fun, frolics, music and dance at the wonderful Hythe Festival. More details coming soon.
Sandwich Folk Festival
Sunday 8th July, 10am – 4pm, CT13 9AH
If this was half the fun it was last year, it’s worth putting Granny into kennels and heading on over to grab a roast boar sandwich, sit outside with a pint of Scruttock’s Old Dirigible – we’ve booked the sunshine again – and watch us and a cast of thousands dance, sing and play. The festival is over the whole weekend, but we will be dancing on the Sunday.
Your webmaster is going to stay overnight in her camper van, it was that good.
Details are to be found here.
Dead Horse Ale
Saturday 21st July, 10am – 4pm, CT5 1FF
We’re joining Dead Horse Morris for a day of dancing. More details coming soon.
Saturday 28th July, time TBC, TN27 0PA
Pluckley’s summer fete takes place on Pluckley’s recreation ground. It’s rung in at midday by the church bells, and the fun continues all afternoon, with a hog roast, fancy dress competitions, dog shows, and to finish off, live jazz. Cream teas are on offer too, to revive the weary members of East Kent Morris after their vigorous rendition of Old Woman Tossed Up and Constant Billy.
Hop Hoodening, Canterbury Cathedral & city centre
Saturday 8th September, 10:50am – 4pm, CT1 2EH
Hop Hoodening is the Kentish harvest festival featuring the traditional Hooden Horse, a hobby-horse with snapping jaws. There is a special service at Canterbury Cathedral, preceded by a procession around the precincts. The Hop Queen will arrive amidst a bower constructed of hop-bines and everyone makes their way into the Cathedral. During the service we will dance in front of the altar and sing appropriate hymns. Afterwards there’s plenty more dancing around town.
Woodchurch Autumn Equinox
Sunday 23rd September, 11am – 3:30pm, TN26 3QQ
We’re the guests of Woodchurch Morris Men at their Autumn Equinox celebrations (in Woodchurch, of course). The dancing starts at 11 in the morning and goes until 3pm or so in the afternoon – all welcome.
Tenterden Folk Festival
Sunday 7th October, 10am – 4pm, TN30 6AP
Tenterden Folk Festival starts on Thursday 4th October, ushering in four days of folk song, music, dance, craft and traditions. We’ll be joining in the fun on the final day, from 10 in the morning until 4pm or so in the afternoon. We usually start near the town hall.
Find out more here.
EKM Annual Cèilidh, Hothfield Village Hall
Saturday 10th November, time TBC
Are you itching to get up and dance yourself? Well, our 2017 ceilidh was such an astounding success, that naturally we’re repeating it. We’ll all be taking part in a wide range of dances from the 17th century to the 21st, and from both England and the USA.
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