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White Rose Morris dancing at dawn on May Day, 2011, at Castle Hill in Almondbury - Photo credit Bryony Griffith
White Rose Morris, Castle Hill, Almondbury. Photo credit: Bryony Griffith

May Day Morris: Where to find Morris dancing near me

The Tradfolk Morris Dancing guide is here to help you find your nearest side come rain or shine. Send us your info, share this guide around, and let the Morris commence.

Morris dancing can be seen throughout the year, but most sides hold a special place in their hearts for May Day. For many dancers, it’s bigger than Christmas. To help our uninitiated and tradfolk-curious readers celebrate the summer icumen in, we’ve put together this handy guide to where you might find your nearest Morris dancing event on May Day (that’s Monday 1st May), 2023.

If you’re new to the Morris, however, be warned: you’ll have to be up long before the day if you want to catch many of them in action. Oh, and look out for the beasts… they may be on the prowl.

If you’d like to share this guide on your socials, we’re using #MaydayMorris to spread the word. Help us out, won’t you?

Why does Morris dancing happen at dawn on May Day?

There’s nothing quite like rising before dawn and assembling to dance (or watch others dance) the sun up as May Morning breaks. It seems like the most natural tradition there is. Far from being a tradition that grew out of the mists of time, however, morris historian Michael Heaney writes in his recent book, The Ancient English Morris Dance, that this is a far more recent occurrence than you might think.

Anyone dancing the sun up on May Day, 2023, is doing so on the 100th anniversary of the start of this wonderful tradition. Congratulations!

The connection between morris dancing and the May Day dawn had been,” tenuous at best,” explains Heaney, “and none of the morris teams encountered by Cecil Sharp and enshrined in The Morris Book had danced then.” In fact, dancing the sun up as a formal tradition seems to have begun on May Day, 1923, when the Oxford University branch of the EFDS (now EFDSS) danced through the city streets immediately after the choristers sang from Magdalen College Tower at 6am (itself a 500-year-old tradition). They danced, they said, “as a free gift to the city, in gratitude for the long and lovely survival here of the May Day celebrations… We are dancing for the pleasure of those who have deserved well by rising early, for our own pleasure, and in obedience to the Shakespearean dictum, ‘A morris for May Day’.”

All of which would suggest that anyone dancing the sun up on May Day, 2023, is doing so on the 100th anniversary of the start of this wonderful tradition. Congratulations!

Where to find Morris dancing near me?

Bampton Morris side - May Day Morris callout
If you're a Morris side and you'd like to contribute details of your May Day dawn dances, please click the link below and fill out the form.
We’ve arranged the May Day Morris events according to country, county, and then town. Scroll down and you’ll find a list of regions. Clicking on the region of your choice will take you to where you want to be on this page.

Can’t find any Morris dancing near you? It’s only because we haven’t been sent the relevant info yet. Morris sides can get in touch via the little black box to the left of this paragraph. We’re very happy to receive new info.

This guide will continue to be populated as we get closer to the big day itself, so bookmark the page and come back if you want to find your nearest dance out.

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Hemlock Morris and Golden Hare Morris
Katherine’s Cross
Ampthill Great Park, MK45 2GQ
May 1st, 5am
Dance Style: Cotswold
Insta: @goldenharemorris and @hemlock_morris

You’re a bit too late to look for Kit Williams’ Golden Hare in Amptill Park, but you can still find its namesake Morris side dancing the sun up with friends Hemlock Morris. For more info: www.hemlockmorris.com

Red Cuthbert Morris
Bedford Park
Bedford, MK40 2PF
May 1st, 5:30am
Dance style: Border
Insta: @red_cuthbert_morris

Red Cuthbert Morris will be up early for a dance on May Morning. Donations are welcome if you join them, and they’re keen to show newcomers how Border Morris dancing is done. For more info: redcuthbert.uk

Letchworth Morris with Bedford Morris Men
The Green
May 1st, 6.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Letchworth Morris was formed in 1922, and as one of the original six sides who formed the Morris Ring, they’ve probably been at this May morning malarky for a really long time. They’ll be joined by the Bedford Morris Men so it’s two for the price of one (though you won’t need to bring your pennies as donations aren’t being taken). Stick around and have a go at some country dancing after the Morris has been Morrised. For more info: https://www.letchworthmorris.org.uk/


Rag Morris
Cabot Tower
Brandon Hill, BS1 5RR
May 1st, 4.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Having obviously enjoyed their reappearance on the May Day scene in 2022, Rag Morris will be back out on May Day, welcoming the new day on Brandon Hill (head for the benches at the top of the hill, near the duck pond). Sometimes they’re joined by Pigsty Morris or Winterbourn Down Border Morris, but no news yet on whether bringing in the May will be a combined effort. What we do know is that there’s a good chance Rags the Oss will be in attendance, and in the pink (in all senses of the phrase…) For more info: ragmorris.com/rag-morris

Bristol Morris Men
St Peter’s Church,
Castle Park, BS1 3XB
May 1st, 5.43am
Dance style: Cotswold

Join the Bristol Morris Men, Bristol’s longest-established men’s Morris side (founded in 1951!), at the very precise time of 17 minutes to six, for dawn dancing. They might even be joined by their horse, Horse, previous winner of the Sidmouth John Gasson Double Jig Competition, if you’re lucky. For more info: bristolmorrismen.co.uk


Whitchurch Morris
Coombe Hill
Aylesbury, HP17 0TZ
May 1st, 6.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Head into the Chilterns to watch Whitchurch Morris dance on Coombe Hill as guests of the National Trust, with beautiful views and interesting memorial. Later in the day (9am), they’ll also be visiting The Hampden Arms in Hampden for more dancing and merriment, and other venues throughout the day. For more info: www.whitchurchmorris.org.uk


Peterborough Morris
Old Customs House
Peterborough PE1 1EG
May 1st, 5.15am
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @peterborough_morris

Set your alarms and head to the banks of the River Nene in Peterborough (parking available in nearby the Riverside Car Park) to see Peterborough Morris celebrate the arrival of summer, as they have done for about 40 years. Donations are welcome and you won’t even ask you to join in. For more info: peterboroughmorris.co.uk

Devil’s Dyke Morris Men
Wandlebury Ring
Wandlebury Country Park, Gog Magog Hills, CB22 3AE
May 1st, 5.20am
Dance style: Cotswold

Head out into the morning mist on Wandlebury Common in search of Devil’s Dyke, who dance up the sun on the same spot every year. Follow the sound of bells, and you’re sure of a warm welcome, however chilly the morning might be. For more info: devilsdykemm.org.uk

Ely & Littleport Riot and Coton Morris
Ely Cathedral
Ely, CB7 4DL
May 1st, 5.20am
Dance style: Border and Cotswold
Insta: @elyandlittleportriot

Head to the West Door of Ely’s impressive cathedral to find The Riot and Coton doing their best to bring up the sun over the Fens. No Tradfolk Rach to interrupt proceedings this year, so you can expect a good show, and the chance to have a go if you fancy it. For more info: elriotblog.wordpress.com

Fenstanton Morris
The Clock Tower,
Fenstanton, PE28 9LH
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @fenstantonmorris

Watch the sun rise into the fen sky with Fenstanton Morris! You’ll be encouraged to give the dancing a try, but they’ll accept donations in lieu of participation (or as well!). For more info: facebook.com/FenstantonMorris


Adlington Morris Men
White Nancy
Kerridge Hill, Bollington, SK10 5AX
May 1st, 8.30am
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @adlingtonmorrismen

As nice as it is to see the sunrise on May Day, it’s also quite nice to have time for tea and crumpets before you leave the house – the Adlington Morris Men have kindly given you that option with their “acceptable compromise”. Climb Kerridge Hill to the curious, Grade II listed White Nancy to enjoy the views and the dancing. For more info: adlingtonmorrismen.com


Pensans Morris
Battery Rocks
Penzance, TR18 4FF
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Border

Are Pensans the UK’s most westerly sun-uppers? If they are, we’ll come back and let you know! They’ll encourage you to have a go at the dancing if you like, and gladly accept donations on the day. For more info: offcialpzmorris.co.uk

Wreckers Border Morris
Atop Kit Hill
Tamar Valley, PL17 8AX
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Border
Insta: @wreckersbordermorris

Clamber up Kit Hill just before day breaks for fine views of the surrounding landscape, and to see Wreckers Border Morris dancing like it matters – let’s hope they can bring the sun up over the Devon border. They’re a busy bunch, and always on the lookout for new dancers and musicians, so have a chat if you’ve ever fancied giving it a go. We’ve heard they don’t get much of an audience up there at early o’clock, so come on Tradfolkers, get your sense of adventure ready and get climbing! For more info: wreckersmorris.co.uk

The Barrel Morris
The Bush Inn,
Morwenstow, EX23 9SR
May 1st, 7.30pm
Dance style: Border
Insta: @thebarrelbordermorris

The Barrel Border Morrisers will be dancing at the very leisurely time of 7.30pm. We don’t blame them. Sunrise is very early. We’ve heard The Bush Inn is in a great cliff top location, does good food, and that there’ll be a music session in the bar after the dancing. Can’t say fairer than that! For more info, check their Facebook Page.


Powderkegs Morris
Windgather Rocks
High Peak, SK23 7RF
May 1st, 5:15am
Dance style: Border

Powderkegs Morris are a mixed side dancing traditional and evolved Border Morris around the Peak District. They’ll be dancing up the sun at Windgather Rocks (so wear something warm) near Whaley Bridge. We’ve heard the scenery is breathtaking. For more info: powderkegs.co.uk

Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris
Eccles Pike
High Peak, SK23 6BY
May 1st, 5:30am
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @chapelenlefrithmorris

Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris have been dancing up the sun on Eccles Pike (1,210 ft above sea level) on May Morning since 1993, although they’ve been Cotswold Morris dancing in and around the Peak District since 1975. Since day one (see the video below), they’ve been doing so in the company of the sturdily-named beast, Stanley the Bull. Get along at 5:30am and watch them dance the sun up… with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. For more info: chapelmorris.org

Ripley Morris
Ashover May Day Carnival
Church Street, Ashover, S45 0AB
May 1st, from 10.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

You’ll find Ripley Morris at the annual Ashover May Day Carnival, along with a whole host of other entertainments. Will they accompanied by a fool, a unicorn, a green man, a hobbyhorse or a Molly? Pop along and find out. For more info: ripleymorris.org.uk


Grimspound Border Morris
Haytor Vale
Dartmoor, TQ13 9XT
May 1st, 4.30am
Dance style: Border

Grimspound will be taking over a patch of Haytor car park on Dartmoor and will be dancing the sun up from 4.30am on Monday 1st May. Pick up all your friends and family on the way and join them, won’t you? Pack a flask of something to keep you warm – you can’t beat that daybreak cup of tea! If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of their animal on the moor… For more info, check the facebook event.

Cogs and Wheels Ladies Morris
Water Works
Belstone, Dartmoor
May 1st, 5am
Dance style: Cotswold

They say “Cogs and Wheels will be dancing at dawn on 1st May, to welcome summer! We will meet at 5am (yes, a.m.!!) at the water works in Belstone and proceed together to the Flag Pole and later to the Nine Maiden stone circle. All welcome to join us, so if you can’t sleep at night, you know where to come. Here’s to sunny and beautiful summer!!!” Lovely. Donations are welcomed. For more info, check their Facebook Page.

Dartmoor Border Morris
Fox Tor Cafe
Two Bridges Road
Princetown, PL20 6QS
May 1st, 5:15am
Dance style: Border

Dartmoor Border Morris will be up on Dartmoor regardless of the weather, & always enjoy dancing the sun up. Breakfast is ordered at the Foxtor cafe from 6 am.

Dartmoor Border Morris (Best Supporting Dancers in the Black Farmer TV ad – see below) are looking forward to May Day dancing in a car park (hallowed turf for modern Morris dancers) on the B3212, the Princetown to Yelverton Road, regardless of the weather. They tell us that Fox Tor cafe in Princetown will be serving breakfast from 6am, so there’s decent scran afterwards if you’re still running on empty. Onlookers are encouraged to have a go. Their beast, Chatterley, will be joining the fun too. For more info: dartmoorbordermorris.com

Bradninch Millers Morris
Beacon Cross
Bradninch, EX20 2SA
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Stave

The only stave dancers on our list! Bradninch are most welcome here and if you’re in the area, you’d be most welcome to join them. You’ll find them at the crossroads over looking the town and across the Culm Valley. For more information: facebook.com

Plymouth Morris
The Hoe Promenade (above Smeaton’s Tower)
Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth PL1 2PA
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Plymouth Morris will be in their usual spot above Smeaton’s distinctive tower on the Hoe, resplendent in their distinctive kit – look out for the galleon in full sail on their tabards (no baldricks here), their Petty Officer-style hats, and their unusual dark blue wavers (that’s hankies to you and me). For more info: plymouthmorris.uk

Dartington Morris
Totnes Castle
Castle St, Totnes, TQ9 5NU
May 1st, 5:40am (no entry fee at this time)
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @dartingtonmorris

Dartington Morris dance the sun up on May Day in the splendid Norman keep of Totnes Castle. They welcome spectators, who can watch over proceedings from the castle walls, which also offer lovely views across the rooftops to the River Dart. It’s an energetic climb up the castle hill and keep steps, so do pop on some sturdy footwear for the occasion. No beasts have been reported in the vicinity (though a fool or two may be in attendance). For more info: dartingtonmorris.uk


Bourne River Morris Men
The Cross Keys
Holt Road, Wimborne, BH21 7JZ
May 1st, 5am
Dance style: Cotswold

As always, BRMM will be up at the crack of dawn to welcome the summer. They’re looking for more dancers to help the side continue for many future summers, so pop along and see what they get up to. For more info: brmm.org.uk

Wessex Morris Men
Cerne Giant
Cerne Abbas, DT2 7AL
May 1st, 5.15am
Dance style: Cotswold

Since 1957, the Wessex Morris Men have been putting on a show in Dorset, accompanied by their beast, the Dorset Ooser. As locations go, they’ve picked a top spot, so why not head up and enjoy the sunrise? Park at the Cerne Abbas Village Hall and climb the hill until you find them. You’ll have done your exercise for the day before 6am! For more info: www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk

East Lothian

Border Reivers Morris
Tyninghame Links
Dunbar, EH42 1XW
May 1st, 5am
Dance style: Border
Insta: @border_reivers_morris

You know we love a challenge here at Tradfolk HQ, and this might be the most ambitious May Morning challenge since that other one we followed. In their own words: “We’re dancing the sun down on the west coast at Barassie beach in Ayrshire then having a mad dash across the country to wild camp overnight (or for 3-4 hours anyway!) at Ravensheugh Sands near Dunbar to dance the sun up on the east coast. We quite often dance the sun down but we don’t usually do the coast-to-coast. In honour of it being the last May Day on a weekend for a while, we thought we’d give this a go. As always, we have the hefty responsibility of being the only side dancing the sun up in Scotland so the Scottish summer and crops hang in the balance!” Wow. We love it! Best of luck, Border Reivers! For more info, check their Facebook page.

East Sussex

Brighton Morris Men
Hollingbury Hill Fort
Ditchling Rd, Brighton, BN1 8GB
May 1st, 4:30am
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @brightonmorrismen

The Brighton Morris Men will be up long before the day-o. Get yourself along to Hollingbury Hill Fort by the ungodly hour of 4am for some quality Cotswold Morris. As the sun rises, they’ll dance around the hill fort before heading back to Brighton, a big breakfast, and then further dances around the city, before falling into a pub at around midday. No beasts in attendance, donations are welcomed, and the side love to initiate the uninitiated. For more info: brightonmorris.co.uk

Mad Jack’s Morris and Hannah’s Cat
The Ladies Parlour
Hastings Castle
Hastings, TN34 3RD
May 1st, 4:30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Mad Jack’s Morris, revivers and hosts of the must-visit Hastings Jack in the Green Weekend, will be kicking of May Day proceedings at The Ladies Parlour, joined by co-hosts Hannah’s Cat Morris (named after Hannah the Witch). Hastings really is the place to be all weekend long, with processions and dancing across town. Reports of mysterious Bogies in the area, who might invite you to have a go at the dancing for yourself. Keep an eye open for the extraordinary Hastings Giants too. For more info: hastingstraditionaljackinthegreen.co.uk

Ragged Phoenix Morris
The Lookout
Helen Gardens, Eastbourne BN20 7XE
May 1st, 5.15am
Dance style: Border

Ragged Phoenix Morris are guests of the band The Howlerz and will be dancing the sun up overlooking Eastbourne seafront. Donations are very welcome and you’ll be invited to try some dancing for yourself, so be sure to have your weetabix before heading to the cliff top. For more info: facebook.com/RaggedPhoenixMorris

Hastings Maypole Dancers
The Ladies Parlour
Hastings Castle
Hastings, TN34 3RD
May 1st, 5:30am
Dance style: Maypole

As part of the Jack in the Green celebrations, Hastings Maypole Dancers will be dancing the sun up at the castle. They don’t come with their own beasts, but we can’t promise there won’t be strays from others sides… For more info: hastingstraditionaljackinthegreen.co.uk

Ashdown Forest Morris Men
Enchanted Place
Ashdown Forest
Hartfield, TN22 3JD
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

OK, so obviously there’s no competitive nature to this May Day Morris list, but Ashdown Forest Morris Men win a lot of location points for seeing in the dawn in Winnie the Pooh world. Best be on the look out for heffalumps as you join the morris in the Enchanted Forest, where no other beasts or participation are expected, but where donations are welcome. For more information: AFMM Facebook Page

Long Man Morris Men
The Long Man of Wilmington
S Downs Way, Eastbourne, BN26 5SW
May 1st, 5:30am
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @longmanmm

The Long Man Morris Men have been dancing at the foot of the Long Man of Wilmington for many years. Can you imagine a more spellbinding sight than seeing these dancers perform for that giant, chalk hill figure as it looms from the morning dusk? Who needs beasts when you’ve got that in front of you? Later in the day (well, at 10am), they’ll be off to the Gun Gardens at Lewes Castle for Garland Day, as guests of The Knots of May. Catch them once, or catch them twice! For more info: longman.org.uk

East Yorkshire

Rackaback Morris
Black Mill
Beverley, HU17 8RQ
May 1st, 5am
Dance style: Border

Rackaback Morris are a Border Morris side from Hull that celebrated their 10th year in 2021. They’ll be venturing to the Beverley Westwood and dancing next to the black windmill stump with panoramic views of the sunrise. (For precise directions, hit this What Three Words link.) Donations are welcome and onlookers are encouraged to take part. No beasts reported in the vicinity. Sunrise is 5.33am – don’t be late. For more info: rackaback.com or their May Morning Facebook event


Chelmsford Morris
Galleywood Common
Chelmsford CM2 8TR
May 1st, 5am
Dance style: various

Chelmsford Morris tell us that the early bird catches the Morris dancers! Certainly true near the Heritage Centre at Galleywood Common on May morning… We’re not sure what you might be treated to – Chelmsford’s men dance Cotswold and Border, and it’s clog dances for the ladies. Watch out for wildlife. For more info, see their facebook event.

Maldon Greenjackets
Promenade Park
Maldon CM9 5JQ
May 1st, 5.15am
Dance style: Cotswold

All three of Maldon’s Morris sides will be out on May 1st, but only the Greenjackets are putting in the morning shift this year. You’ll find them near the kiosks by the lake ready to play their part in ensuring a sunny summer for Essex! For more info: maldonmorris.org

Alive & Kicking and Dark Horse Morris
Hythe Quay
Maldon CM9 5HN
May 1st, 7.30pm
Dance style: North West and Border

Not to be left out (but also, not to get out of bed early…), Maldon’s other two sides will be heading down to the Quay for some evening dancing on May Day. A great chance to compare two very different Morris styles! For more info: facebook.com/aliveandkickingmaldon


Forest of Dean Morris
May Hill
Longhope, GL17 0RF
May 1st, 5.20am
Dance style: Cotswold

Head up the appropriately named May Hill to find FOD Morris dancing the sun up with friends Lassington Oak and maybe even Wild Oats Border Morris. After all, the only thing better than two morris sides is three. Reports of a possible beast sighting and audience participation, so it’ll be worth the climb. For more info: http://www.forestmorris.org.uk/

Miserden Morris and Boss Morris
Rodborough Common, near Rodborough Fort
Stroud, GL5 5BL
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Join Miserden and Boss for an ethereal morning on Rodborough Common, welcoming May to Gloucestershire. You can expect a whole menagerie of beasts – Boris the Boar with Miserden, and, assuming a recent appearance at the Brit Awards hasn’t gone to their head, Hooty the Owl with Boss – but no indication of whether the Rodborough Common fairies will be in attendance. For more info: https://www.miserdenmorris.com

Stroud Morris Dancers and Gloucestershire Morris
Painswick Beacon
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

If you go up to the Painswick Beacon, you’re in for a big surprise… Unless the reason you’re there is to see Stroud Morris dance up the sun on May morning, in which case you’ll find nothing out of the ordinary. They’ve been dancing for over 40 years! Not non-stop, we hasten to add… They’ll be with Gloucestershire Morris, at the top of the hill near the benchmark. Head up and show your support. For more info: https://www.stroudmorris.org.uk

Cleeve Hill
Winchcombe, GL52 3QE
May 1st, 6am
Dance style: Border

Climb Cleeve Hill (you’ll need to be above the golf course) to find Happenstance and their merry band of musicians dancing up the sun. They’ll be joined by their Jack in the Green, and you, if you want to try your hand (or rather feet) ant Border Morris dancing. Donations will be accepted. For more info: www.happenstancemorris.org.uk


Red Stags Morris and King John’s Morris
Southampton, SO14 2DJ
May 1st, 5am
Dance style: Border and Cotswold

See in the month of May by the Grade I listed medieval gatehouse into the old city. Two morris sides will entertain you, though no beasts have been reported in the area. No donations are sought, but you might be offered the chance to have a go if you’re feeling energetic. For more info: red-stags.org

Victory Morris
The Spur Redoubt
Portsmouth, PO5 3XX
May 1st, 5.10am
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @victory_morris

After a sojourn in sunny Southsea, Victory Morris return to Portsmouth to dance up the sun at The Spur Redoubt, following flood defence work (we think to the fortification, rather than the morris side…). The Spur Redoubt was the site from which Nelson headed off to board the Victory on his way to the Battle of Trafalgar, so it’s the perfect place for the ship’s namesake dancers to do their thing. Donations are very welcome, and they promise you won’t even have to join in. For more info: victorymorrismen.org.uk

Wickham Morris
Wickham Square
Wickham, Fareham PO17 5JT
May 1st, 5.15am
Dance style: Cotswold

According to their calendar, Wickham Morris will be entertaining the Square not once but twice on May Day. Early birds will find them there just before dawn, while anyone who gets up at a more sensible hour can catch them dancing from 6-8pm in the same spot. We hope they’ll be heading home for a nap in the middle! For more info: wickham-morris.org.uk

New Forest Meddlars
Boltons Bench
Lyndhurst SO43 7DA
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold and Border
Insta: @new_forest_meddlars

The New Forest Meddlars will be dancing at Bolton’s Bench, a landmark right in the middle of the New Forest. Join them (and the New Forest ponies) if you’re an early bird – enjoy the spectacle, listen to the birdsong and think of the legendary Bisterne dragon whose grave became Bolton’s Bench, they tell us. For more info: newforestmeddlars.co.uk

Hook Eagle Morris
The Shack
London Road, Hook, RG27 9EH
May 1st, 5:32am

Hook Eagle Morris are continuing their long-held tradition of dancing at dawn, which is always at 05:32 in Hook, apparently. Watch as they dodge the (non-existent) traffic on the A30, which very conveniently runs East to West for that perfect sunrise view. Rumour has it that they’ll be bringing liquid refreshment, and that a fab breakfast is available from 6am at the brilliantly old-school transport café. For more info: hookeagle.org.uk


Leominster Morris
Bache Camp
Kimbolton, Leominster
May 1st, 5.15am
Dance style: Border

The Leominster Morris will be out early, as is their wont of a May morning. You’re welcome to join them, if you fancy getting out into nature and heading up to the archaeological site at Bache Camp. For more info: leominstermorris.wordpress.com

Foxwhelp Morris
Arthur’s Stone
Dorstone, HR3 6AX
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @foxwhelpmorris

Were the indentations in Arthur’s Stone left there when the body of a recently slain giant fell into it? We’ll never know. What we do know, though, is that Foxwhelp Morris will be dancing next to the Neolithic tomb on May Morning. For more info: foxwhelpmorris.com


Aldbury Morris Men
The Pond,
Aldbury, HP23 5RT
May 1st, 6.15am
Dance style: Cotswold

Head to Aldbury for a couple of chance to see the Aldbury Morris Men dance on May Day. Early risers can see them at The Pond, but they’ll also be appearing later, at 12.30pm, at the May Fair. For more info: www.aldburymorris.co.uk/events

Isle of Wight

Men of Wight
The Longstone
Mottistone, PO30 4EB
May 1st, 4.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Thrown down by St Catherine in a competition with the Devil over who should control the island, The Longstone will be the location of a rather different type of athletic feat this May Morning. Find the Men of Wight there dancing up the sun at the unholy time of 4.30am. Despite their name, they’re actually now a mixed side and are always keen for more dancers if you’re in the area. For more info: menofwight.org.uk


Rochester Sweeps Festival
Rochester High Street, ME1 1LX
April 28th – May 1st
Dance style: all of them!

With more than one form entry for this big ol’ party, it seemed best to tell you that there’s a whole weekend of festivities in Rochester for their world-famous Sweeps Festival. We counted no fewer than 46 (forty-six!) morris sides in attendance over the weekend, alongside live music at both indoor and outdoor venues and spaces. At dawn on May Day, some sides will be up early to awaken Rochester’s Jack in the Green. For more info, check the Rochester Sweeps Website or the Sweeps Facebook Page.

Dead Horse Morris and Broomdashers
Beacon Hill
Whitstable, CT52BP
May 1st, 5am
Dance Style: Border

It’s a busy couple of days for Dead Horse Morris and the Broomdashers. They’ll be starting the weekend at the Rochester Sweeps Festival before heading back to the coast for dawn rising on May Day. Find them at the foot of Beacon Hill at 5am, then later in Whitstable from 10am for more dancing. For more info: deadhorse.org.uk

Romney Marsh Morris
The Jolly Fisherman
Greatstone, TN28 8ST
May 1st, 5.15am
Dance style: Cotswold

Romney Marsh Morris will be hoping for a fair wind, or preferably no wind, as they see in May Day sandwiched between the Romney Marshes and the English Channel A fairly new side at seven years old, Romney Marsh Morris is keen to give anyone a go if they fancy shaking a limb. Beast spotters should keep an eye open for Ewestacia, their Romney Marsh Ewe. For more info: romneymarshmorris.com

East Kent Morris
Wye Memorial Crown
Ashford, TN25 5DF
May 1st, 5:30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Easy Kent Morris will dance the sun up at 5.30am at the Wye Memorial Crown before dancing in Wye village and later at Perry Court Farm. Their horse Invicta is too much of a diva to get out of the stable in time for May Morning but the side would love to see you having a go at some dancing. Might as well, once you’re up… For more info: ekmm.org.uk

Hartley Morris Men
Coldrum Long Barrow
Trottiscliffe, West Malling, ME19 5EG
May 1st, 5.32am
Dance style: Cotswold

Hartley Morris Men have been dancing the sun up at 5.32am on 1st May at the Coldrum Stones since 1975. They will be joined by their Hooden Horse, who erupted from an egg on the beach at Broadstairs many years ago, and has followed them around ever since. We’re told that he lives off a staple diet of coins of the realm and young children, though not necessarily in that order… After dancing, the Morris Men will sing up the sun at the base of the burial chamber. If you’d like to join them, park in the National Trust car park off Pinesfield Lane and bring a little something for the donation pot. For more info: www.hartleymorrismen.org.uk

Ravensbourne Morris Men
Caesar’s Well
Westerham Road, Keston BR2 6AT
May 1st, 5.32am
Dance style: Cotswold

Do you, like us, want to know if Dobbin the Kentish Horse will trot onto the scene at Caesar’s Well for May Day? Then you’ll need to join Ravensbourne at the crack of dawn. Donations will be accepted but audience participation is not required. For more info: ravensbourne.org

Boughton Monchelsea Morris
Musket Brewery
Loddington Farm, Boughton Monchelsea ME17 4AG
May 1st, 12.30pm
Dance style: Border

You can enjoy May Day bank holiday down at Musket Brewery with Boughton Monchelsea Morris and guests. We have no further information. See the side’s website: boughtonmorris.uwclub.net


Malkin Morris
Opposite the Bay Horse
Roughlee, BB9 6NP
May 1st, 7pm
Dance style: North West

Malkin Morris invite you to give Maypole dancing a go, whatever the weather (you’ll find them in the Village Centre if it’s wet out). Afterwards, there’ll be a music and song session in the Bay Horse. All welcome, but you’ll need sensible footwear and young dancers should bring an adult. No charge to have a go and there’s parking round the back of the hall. For more info: check the facebook event page


Leicester Morrismen
Bradgate Park
Leicester, LE6 0HE
May 1st, 7am
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @leicestermorrismen

It’s a big one for the Leicester Morrismen, who are celebrating their 70th year in 2023. As usual, they welcome you to join them at Old John in Bradgate Park for some May morning merriment. After that, they’re off on a six-stop tour of the local area! Have a look at their website for information on where you can catch them. For more info: leicestermorrismen.co.uk

Way of the Wyrd
Beacon Hill Upper Car Park
Woodhouse Eaves, LE12 8TA
May 1st, 11.30am
Dance style: Border

Way of the Wyrd are attending the May Day Fair at the invitation of Charnwood Grove of Druids. All are welcome to join them for a day of Morris, maypole dancing, music, children’s activities and story telling. Craft stalls and refreshments will be available. For more info, see the facebook event.


Grimsby Morris
Greenwich Meridian Line (w3w: gossip.bossy.mostly)
Meridian Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 0AR
May 1st, 5.15am
Dance style: Cotswold

Grimbsy Morris have been entertaining the coastal town of Great Grimbsy since 1967. No wonder they’re tired. They’ll be up early on May Day to dance on the Meridian Line in Cleethorpes, hoping to bring up the sun over the Humber Estuary. Later in the day, at 1pm, they’ll be joined by Herring Gals Plus at the Hemswell and Harpswell May Day celebrations near Gainsbrough. For more info: grimsbymorris.org.uk

Bourne Borderers
Meadow Drove (w3w: mandolin.simulates.encodes)
Bourne, PE10 0AH
May 1st, 5.20am
Dance style: Border

Get your traditional May 1st Morris fix in Lincolnshire by joining the Bourne Borderers – find them and their Morris pups dancing up the sun on Meadow Drove. If you have a go at the dancing, you’ll have earned your second breakfast at the ‘Don’t Lose Hope’ café… For more info: bourneborderers.co.uk


London Pride Morris Men
Primrose Hill
May 1st, 5:15am
Dance style: Cotswold

The London Pride Morris Men first danced together in the 1930s. They rehearse at Cecil Sharp House and encourage anyone to come along and have a go. They’ve invited Belles of London to join them too, so head to the top of one of London’s most picturesque peaks to watch the summer icumen in. For more info see their Facebook event.

Greenwich Morris
Greenwich Park gates
Duke Humphrey Road, Blackheath
May 1st, 5:25am
Dance style: Cotswold

Greenwich Morris are planning a dawn dance on Duke Humphrey Road, Blackheath, just by the gates to Greenwich Park. Then, following breakfast, they’re heading off to dance at the Rochester Sweeps Festival. If you’re heading into work on the A2, keep an eyeball hovering over Blackheath and you should spot them. Donations are welcome. No beasts forthcoming. For more info: greenwichmorris.org.uk

Greensleeves Morris
Wimbledon Windmill
Wimbledon Common, SW19 5NR
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

They’ve been dancing since 1926 (don’t they look well on it?!) but Greensleeves Morris still have the energy to bring in the summer at the windmill on Wimbledon Common. Pop along, meet Hengist (if he’s got out of bed in time), and enjoy that London sunrise. No reports of Wombles in the area, but best to beware, just in case. For more info: www.greensleevesmorris.org.uk

Palace Clog
Ashburton Park
Tenterden Road, Croydon, CR0 6NN
May 1st, 5.35am
Dance style: North West

Palace Clog will be meeting up to perform between 11.00-13.30 at South Norwood Lakes (SE25 4DX), including a maypole dancing lesson for children at midday. For more info: oldpalaceclog.wixsite.com


Mersey Morris Men and Mockbeggar Morris
Bidston Observatory
Wilding Way, Birkenhead
Prenton, CH43 7RA
May 1st. 5:30am
Dance style: Cotswold

The Mersey Morris Men tell us that they love the stillness of the top of Bidston Hill – if you arrive early, you’ll hear the gentle tinkle of bells and hushed voices amongst all the birdsong as they climb up through the woods. There’s the added bonus of spectacular views over Liverpool as the sun rises. Assuming he has arrived back from his long migration, their Mersey Bird will also be in attendance, along with friends Mockbeggar Morris dancing in the North West style. For more info: merseymorrismen.com


Golden Star Morris
St James’ Hill
Mousehold Heath
May 1st, 5am
Dance style: Cotswold

Golden Star Morris will be dancing at dawn on St James’ Hill, on Mousehold Heath. Not sure they were mentioned in The Shackleton Trio‘s song of the same name! You can catch them dancing the previous day (April 30th) at The Locks Inn, Geldeston, for their traditional May Day celebrations. Plenty of opportunities to see them leaping, in this, their fifth decade as a dancing side. For more info: www.goldenstarmorris.org.uk


Brackley Morris Men
Brackley Market Square
High St, Brackley, NN13 7DS
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @the_brackley_morris_men

These boys have been dancing on May Morning in this same spot for over 50 years. That’s tradition for you! Donations are welcome, and you’re welcome to shake a leg, an arm or a hankie yourself, should the urge grab you. For more info: thebrackleymorrismen.org.uk


Hexham Morris and Hexhamshire Lasses
Hadrian’s Wall
Henshaw, NE47 7AN
May 1st, 5.15am
Dance style: Cotswold

Get yourselves up to the Steel Rigg car park for a bout of lively dancing next to Hadrian’s Wall from these two local sides. Later in the day, you’ll be able to see them at Beamish Museum. Donations will be accepted. For more info: hexhammorris.com

North Yorkshire

Minster Strays Morris
Slingsby Village Green
May 1st, 2.15pm

After an early morning call at The Temple of Four Winds on the Castle Howard estate, the Minster Strays will be heading to Slingsby’s traditional May Day celebrations to entertain the crowds. They’re on just after 2, but there are activities all afternoon, including your chance to have a go at Maypole dancing. For more info: minsterstrays.org.uk


Rattlejag Morris and Trentside Holme Morris
Castle Hill
Laxton, NG22 0NY
May 1st, 5:20am
Dance style: Plough Morris and Cotswold
Insta: @rattlejag

Rattlejag will be joined by Trentside Holme Morris for their annual May Day dance. They will be welcoming the first sunrise of summer atop Castle Hill – to join them, park in the village of Laxton and follow the footpath north from the main road (not quite opposite the church) to the Mediaeval hill fort. The walk should take you about 20 minutes. As always, they will be providing bacon sandwiches (veggie option available), tea, coffee and beer for a small donation. It doesn’t get much more welcoming than that! For more info: rattlejagmorris.org.uk

Foresters Morris and Greenwood Step Clog Dancers
Robin Hood Statue
Castle Road, Nottingham, NG1 6AA
May 1st, 5.20am
Dance style: Cotswold and Clog

Immediately below the twin-towered entrance gates of Nottingham Castle stands the figure of Robin Hood. It’s unlikely that he’ll be joining in with all the dancing on May Morning but two sides will be there to entertain you in his stead. For more info: chezfred.org.uk/for


Armaleggan Border Morris
Cumnor Village Hall
Cumnor, OX2 9QF
May 1st, 4.45am
Dance style: Border

Armaleggan Border Morris meet at the bottom of Hurst Hill at 4.45am, before processing up to the top, singing as they go, carrying the May Staff. An early bird will already have lit the Beltane fire ready for their arrival. They form a circle, recite poems, sing songs, perform the Green Man play, celebrate the sun up, and give thanks. They decorate the May Staff with flowers and greenery, and the May King and Queen are chosen out of a hat, all of which is accompanied by homemade liqueurs and mead from the horn. Then they perform a ribbon dance and jump the Beltane fire. This year, they’l be heading into Oxford at 6am to join in the festivities. A busy schedule! For more info: armaleggan.org

Towersey Horseshoes
The Crossroads
Towersey OX9 3QY
May 1st, 5.20am
Dance style: Cotswold

If you’d rather not head into Oxford with the thronging masses (see below), the spot where Chinor, Thame and Manor Roads meet Church Lane in Towersey will be the site of much merriment, as Towersey Horseshoes celebrate their first May Day. Launched at Towersey Festival in 2022, the side merges the separate men’s and women’s Morris sides into one unstoppable Super Side. That’s double the sun-dancing-up power… For more info: towerseyhorseshoes.co.uk

Summertown Morris and friends
Broad Street
May 1st, 7am
Dance style: Cotswold

The May Morning celebrations in Oxford are famous – thousands of people flock to the city at 6am to hear a chorus of heavenly voices herald the arrival of summer from the top of the Magdalen College tower, after which a whole bunch of morris dancers bring the party straight back down to earth. In addition to Summertown, you’ll most likely be able to catch Oxford City Morris and Oxford University Morris, as well as other sides from across the county. The event can be very busy, so do plan ahead and watch out for roaming beasts. For more info: Facebook.com/SummertownMorris

The Kennet Morris Men
Alnuts Hospital
Goring Heath, RG8 7RS
May 1st, 10:30am
Dance style: Cotswold

The Kennet Morris Men have bowed gracefully out of a dawn appearance this year, favouring instead a fullsome tour of the local area. Lots of opportunities to see them on their bank holiday tour. After dancing at Alnuts Hospital by the Alms Houses, they’ll be heading to Goring Lock (11.30am), South Stoke (2pm) for the crowning of the May Queen, finishing there with their show dances at 3pm(ish). This is Morris time, after all. For more info: kennetmorrismen.co.uk

Eynsham Morris
Market Square
Eynsham, OX29 4HA
May 8th, 11am
Insta: @eynshammorris

Eynsham Morris have a proud tradition stretching back to the 19th century and probably beyond. They only perform dances from the village and all members must live in or have been born in Eynsham to join. This event is their annual village tour, starting at 11am and running into the evening, but they will also be appearing (and dancing) in Oxford on May 1st from 6.30am at the Radcliffe Camera. No beasts expected, per se, but watch out for the Green Man. Donations very welcome. For more info: eynshammorris.org.uk

Ellington Morris
The Market Place
Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AA
May 1st, 1.15pm
Dance style, Cotswold

As part of the Henley-on-Thames May Fayre, Ellington Morris, a mixed side from Berkshire, will be putting on a bit of a show in the afternoon. They started out as the Maidenhead Morris Men in 1973, so a happy 50th birthday to Morris in Maidenhead! For more info: ellington.org.uk


Rutland Morris Men
Uppingham Market Place
Oakham, LE15 9QH
May 1st, 5:17am
Dance style: Cotswold

Rutland Morris Men traditionally welcome the dawn on May Morning with dancing (and music of course) in Uppingham Market Place. This is followed by a hearty breakfast at one of the local hostelries. No beasts at this early hour, apparently: “Our horse doesn’t make an appearance on May Day, he’s still tucked up in the stable at that time in the morning.” For more info: morrismen.org.uk

Rutland Morris dancing on May Morning, 2019. Photo credit: Sally Harnett
Rutland Morris dancing on May Morning, 2019. Photo credit: Sally Harnett


Treacle Eater Clog, Wyvern Jubilee Morris and Enigma Border Morris
Ham Hill
Stoke Sub Hamdon, TA14 6RW
May 1st, 5.20am
Dance style: various

Our earliest Somerset entry is a veritable party, with not one but three sides in attendance! They’ll be dancing in the layby usually occupied by the ice cream van, so you’ll probably have to forgo your early morning 99 with a flake. Park in Long View Car Park. For more info: treacleeaterclog.org.uk

Bootstrap Border Morris
Wellington Monument
Wellington TA21 9PB
May 1st, 5.47am
Dancer style: Border

As spotted on the village noticeboard, Bootstrap Border Morris will be up at the Wellington Monument for sunrise. You can drive up to the monument’s car park, and fingers crossed for nice enough weather to see the great view from the Blackdown Hills. For more info, see their Facebook Page.

Mr Wilkins Shilling
Silk Mill
Merchants Barton, Frome, BA11 1PT
May 1st, 8.00am
Dance style: North West

It takes more than a shilling to get this North West Morris side out of bed for dawn. That’s why you’ll be able to catch them at the reasonable time of 8am, after a local community choir has done the early morning shift. No beasts reported in this location. For more info: mrwilkinsshilling.org.uk

Taunton Deane Morris Men
Sheppy’s Cider Farm
Bradford-on-Tone, Taunton TA4 1ER
May 1st, from 10.15am
Dance style: Cotswold

Taunton Deane Morris Men will be appearing at Sheppy’s May Day event, which also includes chances for the whole family to have a go at Maypole dancing. No early morning get up for this one, and plenty of other entertainment including a craft fair, cider tastings, and storytelling will also be going on. For more info: sheppyscider.com

Dr Turberville’s Morris
Kingsbury May Festival
Kingsbury Episcopi, near Martock, TA12 6AX
May 1st, 1pm
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @drturbervilles

A leisurely start for Dr Turberville’s Morris this year, with an appearance at the Kingsbury May Festival to really kick off the summer. The whole shebang kicks off at 11am, and there’s plenty to see and do, but if you’re only in it for the Morris, you want to head over in the afternoon. For more info: kingsburymayfestival.co.uk

Chalice Morris Men
Bleadon May Day Fair
May 1st, from 1pm
Dance style: Cotswold

As other sides have got the morning shift covered in Somerset, in their 50th birthday year, Chalice Morris Men will be helping Bleadon to reinvigorate their May Day Fair instead, up and running for the first time since 2019. Lots of activities all afternoon for the whole family. For more info: bleadon.org.uk

Bathampton Morris Men
The School & John Nutt’s Seat
Bathampton, BA2 6TQ
May 1st, 7:30pm

An evening home appearance for Bathampton Morris Men, though it’s a busy May Day for them. You can also catch them in Bath city centre at 3pm, at the Winsley Family Tea at 5pm, and later, at The Crown in Bathford from 8.15pm. For more info: www.bathampton-morris-men.org.uk

South Yorkshire

Corker Lane
Sheffield S6 6HA
May 1st, 5am
Dance style: Cotswold

Fielding two teams this year, half of Pecsaetan will be heading up into the Peaks to dance up the sun over Sheffield. Their name comes from the name of an Anglo-Saxon tribe, meaning ‘dwellers of the Peak District’ and is pronounced ‘peck-suh-tan’ – we know you were wondering. The rest of the side and usual May Day collaborators City Morris will be at Hastings’ Jack in the Green celebrations.

Lord Conyers Morris Men
The Trysting Tree
Kiveton Lane, Todwick, S26 1JJ
May 1st, 5:30am

This will be the 48th year that Lord Conyers Morris Men have been dancing up the sun on May Morning. Primarily a Cotswold Morris side, they have flirted in the past with clog dancing, longsword and Border Morris. Onlookers should head to the site of the Trysting Tree, where donations will be welcome but you definitely won’t be cajoled into waving a hanky in solidarity. For more info: lordconyers.org.uk

Five Rivers Morris
The Three Merry Lads
610 Redmires Rd, Sheffield, S10 4LJ
May 1st, 2pm
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @fiveriversmorris

Five Rivers Morris will be continuing their long-held tradition of not getting up at dawn, and will be dancing-in the 2pm at the Three Merry Lads, a pub high above Sheffield with sweeping views of the Rivelin Valley, instead. You won’t have to have a go, but donations are welcome, and do look out for Tradfolk Morris expert James in the side. You should be able to recognise him from our sets of Pienini Morris StickersFor more info: see their Facebook event.


Shrewsbury Morris
Perton Carnival
Perton, Willenhall WV6 7QH
May 1st, from 1pm
Dance style: mixed

As part of Perton’s annual carnival, Shrewsbury Morris will be performing three sets, on the hour, from 1pm. If the weather’s fine, they’ll be outside the church. If not, head to the Civic Centre. There’ll be lots of other activities and stalls in the local vicinity, so make a whole afternoon of it. For more info: shrewsburymorris.co.uk

Uttoxeter Heart of Oak Morris and Stafford Morris
Crown Wharf Pub
Stone, ST15 8QN
May 1st, 2pm
Dance style: Cotswold

At the leisurely time of 2pm, you can join not one, but TWO morris sides for a dance out to celebrate the May. They’ll actually be dancing in the morning at Woseley Gardens near Shugborough too, at 10.30am, but we think a post-bank-holiday-lunch morris spot sounds like a delight. You can have a go if you fancy it (and you’re not too full…) and donations are welcomed. For more info: www.uttoxetermorris.co.uk


East Suffolk Morris Men
Felixstowe Beacon
Clifflands Car Park, IP11 9SA
May 1st, 5.15am
Dance Style: Cotswold

East Suffolk Morris Men welcome the May Morning sun (hopefully) as it rises over the English Channel, before enjoying breakfast at HMS Vale in Melton. For more info: eastsuffolkmorris.com

Hoxton Hundred Morris
Eye Castle
Eye, IP23 7AW
May 1st, 10am
Dance style: Cotswold

The May Day celebrations atop the Eye Castle mound will ensure a good summer crop thanks to Hoxton Hundred, who’ll be dancing in the grounds of the castle between 10am and 11am. Free entry for all. For more info, see their poster.


Pilgrim Morris
St Martha’s Hill, Chilworth
May 1st, 5.00am
Dance style: Cotswold

To join Pilgrim Morris on May Morning, you’re going to want to park in Halfpenny Land Car Park, pull out your compass, and walk east, uphill, for 1/2 mile, listening for the sound of bells and the voices of the Guildford Vox Community Choir carried on the wind. Donations will be accepted once you’ve watched them do their thing. Before that though, if you’re in the area on April 29th, it must be worth making a visit to ‘Summerpole’, Guilford’s Summer Games. First recorded in the 16th century and revived by Pilgrim Morris in 1972, there’s sure to be much merrymaking and spectacle. For more info: http://www.pilgrimmorrismen.org.uk

Kingston Spring Grove Morris with Rampant Rooster Morris and Ewell St Mary Morris Men
Salomon’s Memorial
Box Hill, Tadworth, KT20 7LB
May 1st, 5:00am
Dance style: Cotswold

Kingston Spring Grove Morris have once again invited the exuberant Rampant Rooster Morris and Ewell St Mary Morris Men to join them atop Box Hill as the sun rises over the Surrey’s AONB. Donations into the Roosters’ Lucky Morris Potty please… For more info: kingstonmorris.org

Datchet Border Morris
Magna Carta Tearoom
Runnymede, TW20 0AE
May 1st, 5:30am
Dance style: Border
Insta: @DatchetMorris

Datchet Morris have been dancing at Runnymede since 1994, making this their 29th year in the same location. Donations are welcome, and there’s no need to pick up the sticks yourself. Just watching and avoiding being clattered is fine. This early shift at Runnymede will be followed by further dancing in and around Windsor – details to be released nearer the day. For more info: datchetmorris.org.uk

North Wood Morris Men
Crown Hill,
North End, Croydon CR9 1SX
May 1st, 5.45am
Dance style: Cotswold

If you’ve always wondered which Morris side once let Frank Bruno have a go at the dancing, wonder no more. In their 46 year history, members of North Wood Morris Men have performed all over the world, including inside the Arctic Circle and at the Everest base camp, but May Day morning finds them at home in Croydon, outside the Almshouses and Barclays Bank near where the tramline crosses. An audience would be most welcome! For more info: northwoodmorris.co.uk


Sweyn’s Ey Morris
King Arthur’s Stone
Cefyn Bryn, Swansea, SA3 2HL
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Sweyn’s Ey will be dancing in the dawn at King Arthur’s Stone, a 25-ton capstone that sits majestically on top of Cefyn Bryn Common. Later in the day, you’ll find them at Murton Maypole. For more info: sweynsey.co.uk


Hereburgh Morris
Chesterton Windmill
Harbury, CV33 9LB
May 1st, 5.00am
Dance style: Cotswold

Join Hereburgh Morris for a swift one (dance, that is) at the Chesterton Windmill on May Morning. You can have a go too – do drop a donation into their pot if you enjoy yourself! For more info: www.hereburghmorris.org.uk

Shakespeare Morris
Bancroft Gardens
Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BA
May 1st, 5.20am
Dance style: Cotswold

Shakespeare Morris will dance up the sun on the Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon, overlooking the River Avon – a tradition revived in the early 1980s. Bawdy Court records held by Holy Trinity Church in Stratford show Morris Dancers being fined for dancing on the Feast Day of St. Philip and St. James (May 1st) in the mid-1500s, but hopefully no such bad luck will befall this side, and their Jack in the Green. For more info: shakespearemorris.org.uk

The Traditional Ilmington Morris Dancers
Ebrington Hill
Ilmington, GL55 6LP
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

The Traditional Ilmington Morris Dancers will dance at dawn on Ebrington Hill, then head down into Ilmington village to dance at selected spots, followed by breakfast at the Howard Arms. They’ll be joined by their beast, Samson the Horse. Donations are very welcome and you won’t be asked to have a go. For more info: https://m.facebook.com/TIMM1974/

West Midlands

Jockey Morris
Beacon Hill,
Lickey Hills, Birmingham B45 9QQ
May 1st, 5.15am
Dance style: Cotswold

Jockey Morris will, as usual, dance up the dawn by Beacon Hills Castle and the troposcope. It’s one of the highest points within Birmingham, and surely, Jockey’s Mayday dancing must be one of the highlights of the Brummie calendar, having featured in national newspapers and online around the world! No beast reported in the vicinity. For more info: www.facebook.com/events/547699767197240

Glorishears of Brummagem
Barr Beacon,
May 1st, 5.20am
Dance style: Cotswold

Birmingham’s premier women’s morris side will be dancing up the sun atop Barr Beacon. No donations necessary, so just take yourselves and perhaps a treat for making it up the hill. For more info: https://glorishears.wordpress.com

West Sussex

Worthing Larks
Worthing Beach (by the pier)
Worthing, BN11 3PX
May 1st, 5.30am

Will you be up with the Larks on May morning? The Worthing Larks, that is! They’ll be on the beach by the pier first, before taking a jaunt to the end of the pier until about 7am. They’ll be joined by their very own Lark, who’ll be partaking in a dance – that’s right, the Worthing Lark will be larking about with the Worthing Larks when they dance Up With The Larks in Worthing. Got it? For more info: facebook.com/worthinglarks

Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men
Chanctonbury Ring
Storington, South Downs
May 1st, 7am
Dance style: Cotswold

We love some hilltop May Morning action and the Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men will be welcoming the May from 240 metres up. If you join them, you’ll enjoy glorious views of Sussex in addition to their dancing, but fair warning, reports of a beast of noble heritage in the area have been submitted. Chanctonbury are the keepers of Georgian the Dragon, whose Mother was the Lyminster Dragon and Father the St Leonards Dragon. There’s no breakfast for anyone who can’t face the climb, but you can see the Morris Men and Georgian the Dragon in nearby villages at a more reasonable hour. Donations welcome at any time. For more info: crmm.org.uk

Broadwood Morris Men
The Star Inn
Rusper, RH12 4RA
May 1st, 1pm
Dance style: Cotswold

Carrying the name of folksong collector and researcher Lucy Broadwood, the Broadwood Morris Men have been dancing through West Sussex since 1972. They’ll be outside the Post Office opposite The Star in Rusper, and later in the day at “7pm(ish)”, you’ll find them outside The Frog and Nightgown in Faygate. For more info: broadwoodmorris.uk

West Yorkshire

White Rose Morris Men
5 St John’s Road
Huddersfield, HD1 5AY
May 1st, 5am
Dance style: Cotswold

Traditional dances from the local tradition were noted down in 1942 in the Fartown area of Huddersfield. White Rose Morris have since concentrated on keeping those traditions alive. They’ll be dancing up the May Morning sun this year, as they do every year, with no beasts and no audience participation reported in the vicinity. For more info: nicksites.net/WhiteRose

Wharfedale Wayzgoose and Briggate Morris
Surprise View, Chevin Country Park
Otley, LS21 3DG
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Border
Insta: @wharfedale_wayzgoose

Wharfedale Wayzgoose are a mixed Border side and have danced the May Day sun up on the Chevin for 29 years. Everyone round to theirs for the big 3-0 next year then? They recently welcomed their first fool and beast to the side, and if Gary the Obby Goose can be persuaded out of the nest in time, he’ll be heading out to join the fun. They’ll be joined by Briggate Morris and, if anyone fancies having a go, you! To save a wild goose chase (see what we did there?), they advise you to park in the Surprise view car park, go up the steps at the top of the car park and turn left onto the Chevin. Walk along the gravelled path and follow the noise of bells and music to the viewing point. Come for the morris, stay for the scenery. For more info: https://wharfedale-wayzgoose.co.uk/

Buttercross Belles, Kitchen Taps Appalachian and Flash Company Morris
Cross Green
Otley, LS21 1HD
May 1st, 2.30-4pm
Dance style: various

The Buttercross Belles are inviting everyone to celebrate May Day in the traditional way, by having a go at Maypole dancing! There will be lots of opportunities to get involved, plus displays of North West, Appalachian and Border Morris by the three sides in attendance. The perfect Bank Holiday afternoon excursion! For more info, see the Facebook Event.


Sarum Morris
Old Sarum Castle
Salisbury, SP1 3SD
May 1st, 6.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Join Sarum Morris to welcome the sun (hopefully) on May Day. They’ll be in their customary colours of white, gold and blue – the colours of the city of Salisbury – but you’ll probably want to wrap up warm against the morning chill. For more info: www.sarummorris.co.uk

White Horse Morris
The Maypole
High Street, Ansty, SP3 5QF
May 1st, 5.15pm
Dance style: Cotswold and Border

White Horse Morris, whose name derives from the Westbury White Horse, will be taking part in Ansty’s annual May Day celebrations, which include maypole dancing, the crowing of the May Queen (or King), and Tattie Bogles (we had to look them up!). Later, you can find them at The Compasses Inn in Chickslade. For more info: anstywiltspc.org.uk


Pebworth Morris
Little Meadows
Pebworth, WR11 8JN
May 1st, 5:30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Starting at Little Meadow to dance up the sun, Pebworth Morris will enjoy a mini tour of Pebworth & environs, before returning to their spiritual home at the Fleece Inn, Bretforton for a hearty fry up and perhaps some liquid refreshment. They’ll be sure to dance up the neighbours then plan to head off on a mystery tour… Big news for 2023 – Ben the Donkey has recently been given a new lease of life and may well make an appearance following his resurrection at the Fleece Wassail. For more info: andydavies0368.wixsite.com/pebworth-morris-men


Australian Capital Territory

Surly Griffin Morris and Limestone Morris
Mount Ainslie
May 1st, 6.25am
Dance style: Border and Cotswold

Mount Ainslie, part of the Brindabella Range of mountains, will be the site of this May morning dance to herald the arrival of winter. You’ll need to head up to the summit, but don’t worry, you can drive all the way up! Donations will be accepted and you’ll have the chance to take part if you join them. For more info, check their Facebook page.

New South Wales

Sawtell Headland
May 1st, 5am
Dance style: Cotswold

What they lack in numbers, Fiddlestix surely make up for in enthusiasm. They’ll be out and about early on May Day to help the year turn a corner, accompanied by their beast, a Flying Fox. No donations are required but you can have a hop if the mood takes you. For more info, check their Facebook page.


Belswagger Morris and Ragged Band Border
Mount Coot-tha summit
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Bellswagger and friends (including older Brisbane sides) dance up the sun overlooking Brisbane and Moreton Bay. All audience welcome, but Morris dancers old and new are invited to join in, and the tradition is to dance in your first side’s kit. You can get a taste of the event in the video below. Great views! For more info, check their facebook page.


Jolley Hatters Morris
Mount Kunanyi/Mount Wellington summit
May 1st, 6.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Head up to the top of the mountain in search of Jolley Hatters Morris and their audience of sunrise-seekers. They’ll entertain you for about an hour and don’t even ask for any donations, though you can offer your dancing services and have a go if you like. Be warned – it can be cold and breezy at the summit so dress appropriately. For more info, check their facebook page.


Brandragon Morris
All Nations Park
Separation St, Northcote, Melbourne 3070
May 1st, 6.30am
Dance style: North West

Brandragon Morris will be dancing up the sun, which rises in Melbourne at 7am on May Day morning. They invite you to climb the hill at All Nations Park and say “Hi” (or…g’day…?). No donations are required but you’ll have the chance to have a go if you fancy it. For more info, see their Facebook Page.

Western Australia

Perth Morris Men, Marlee Morris and Fair Maids of Perth
Kaarta Gar-Up Lookout
Kings Park, Perth
May 1st, 6.15am
Dance style: Cotswold and Border
Insta: @marlee_morris_dancers

Many of the good morris folk of Perth meet before dawn at the Kaarta Gar-Up lookout in Kings Park and start dancing, with Perth Morris Men on hosting duty. Afterwards, in an enviable display of Aussie-ness, they adjourn to another section of Kings Park for a barbecue breakfast. For more info: marleemorris.morris.org.au



Vancouver Morris Men
Trimble Park
Point Grey, Vancouver
May 1st, 5:30am
Dance style: Mumming

For over 40 years, the Vancouver Morris Men have been active exponents of some of our curious English traditions all the way over there on the western edge of Canada, and this year will be no different. They’ll be up early to perform a mummers play, joined by their trusty obby oss, and friends Tiddley Cove Morris. How could you possibly miss it?! Donations gratefully received, as are enthusiastic onlookers (someone’s got to boo the baddies, after all). For more info: http://www.vancouvermorrismen.org


Toronto Morris Men and friends
High Park, Toronto
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

My goodness, do the Toronto Morris Men have a May Day party for you? If you’re in the area, head to the park on May Morning to see them and (deep breath) Toronto Womens Sword, Belles of York, Half Crown Clog, Green Fiddle Morris, Cold Barn Morris, and Orange Peel Morris for an energetic display that’s sure to leave you in need of a breakfast Timbit or two. As an added bonus, if the weather’s been fine, you’ll be able to pop along to see the park’s famous cherry blossom before the crowds arrive too. For more info: Toronto Morris Men Facebook



Helsinki Morrisers
Cafe Ursula
Fredrikinkatu, Helsinki
May 1st, 11am

Celebrate Vappu with the Helsinki Morrisers, as part of the annual May Day celebrations in Helsinki. It’s celebrated as a huge public holiday, and you can expect a carnival atmosphere. Head to the sea at the south end of Kaivopuisto (where all the picnics should be happening!) to find the side performing their Cotswold, Border and Molly dances. For more info: helsinki-morrisers.tripod.com


Costa Del Folk
The Beach
Port des Torrent
May 1st, sunrise

A wildcard entry into our #MayDayMorris list… We’ve heard that some of the holidaymakers at Costa Del Folk will be getting up very early on their last morning (or maybe it’ll be an all-nighter…?) to herald the dawn with Morris dancing on the beach. We have no further information, but if you’re going to be there, send us a photo!

New Zealand


Whangārei City Morris Dancers
Canopy Bridge
Whangārei, 0110
April 30th, 5.30pm
Dance style: Border

In 2022, Whangārei City Morris were the youngest side in our directory, and only time will tell as to whether any of the newer sides will caper in and usurp them. This year, they’ve chosen to dance the sun down on 30th April, marking the end of Autumn before Winter begins on May Day. We have no reports about whether their ‘Oss and Pūkeko will be in attendance, but donations and audience participation will be most welcome. For more info: whangarei-morris.org


Jack Frost Morris
Signal Hill Lookout
Dunedin, 9010
May 1st, 5.36pm
Dance style: Border

Some in-synch Southern Hemisphere dancing from Jack Frost Morris, who tell us that they “dance the sun down, while the UK dances it up. We dance Dark, Sir Terry Pratchett style, in silence, in black, with muted bells”. Sounds atmospheric. They may be joined by The Wintersmith, but not predictably. Audience participation is welcome (at the right moment) and no donations are required. For more info: jackfrostmorris

United States of America


Apple Tree Morris
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
Sebastopol, CA 95472
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @Apple_Tree_Morris

Join San Fransisco North Bay’s only morris side as they dance up the day on the Pacific Coast at the community center (sic) on Morris Street! No information about whether they chose to dance there for the street name alone, but we wouldn’t blame them if they did. They tell us that their May Morning ritual includes several (non-Morris) community dances, a piper at sunup, and a large and enthusiastic mob of swallows who emerge from beneath the eaves of a nearby building in a timely fashion. And a Green Man. In for a penny, in for a dollar, eh? For more info: appletreemorris.org


The Westerly Morris Men
Connecticut College
New London, CT 06320
May 1st, 5.46am
Dance style: Cotswold

The Westerly Morris Men have been dancing since 1976, making them one of the oldest, continually active sides in the USA. Cool! They’re based in Rhode Island, but will be seeing in May Day just across state lines. They’re always on the lookout for new musicians or dancers, so if you fancy giving it a go, seek them out. Last year, they were joined by the Mystic Garland Dancers, but we don’t have any info about whether that collab is on the cards again in 2023. For more info: westerlymorrismen.org

The Westerly Morris Men seeing in the Vernal Equinox in March 2023 atop a mountain. Photo: Westerly Morris Men.


Greenwood Morris
982 Museum Road
Gainesville, FL, 32641
May 1st, 6:45am
Dance style: Cotswold

Greenwood Morris performs both Cotswold Morris and Border Morris, with most of their Cotswold dances coming from the traditions of Bampton, Adderbury, Brackley, Bledington and Fieldtown. They’ll be dancing up the sun on the west shore of Lake Alice (on the University campus) this coming May Day. For more info: sites.google.com/site/greenwoodmorris

Greenwood Morris dancing up the sun in 2019
Greenwood Morris dancing up the sun in 2019. Pic via their website.


Foggy Bottom Morris Men and Rock Creek Morris Women
Takoma Park
Montgomery County, MD 20912
May 1st, 6am
Dance style: Cotswold

As is their wont, the Foggy Bottom Morris Men will be dancing out with the Rock Creek Morris Women to not only see up the sun, but for a bit of a morris tour, too. We don’t have more info on where to find them later in the day, and we’re not sure if Sligo Creek Sword will be there too, but it’ll be a great way to start the day! For more info: fbmm.org


Newtowne Morris
John W. Weeks Bridge
Cambridge, 02163
May 1st, 5.30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Once again Newtowne Morris invite you to wake up the summer on May Day. You can expect morris dancing, Maypole winding, and traditional May Day songs to help ensure that the sun keeps shining for at least another year. For more info: newtowne.org

Ten Hill Morris
Davis Square
Somerville, MA, 02144
May 1st, 6.30pm
Dance style: Cotswold
Insta: @tenhillmorris

Not fancying the early morning get-up, Ten Hill Morris will be dancing on May Day evening around Davis Square outside of Boston. They’ll be accepting donations, but you won’t be asked to have a go at Ten Hill’s take on the Oddington tradition. For more info: tenhillmorris.com


Kingsessing Morris
Belmont Plateau
Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
May 1st, 6:00am
Dance style: Cotswold

In their 46th dancing year, Kingsessing Morris will be waving their hankies to bring in the May on Belmont Plateau, which has, we’ve heard, the best view of the Philadelphia skyline. No beast have been reported, but warnings of dancers enjoying themselves have been issued. For more info: www.kingsessingmorris.com

Rhode Island

Ladies of the Rolling Pin
The Towers
35 Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI 02882
May 1st, 5.43am

The Ladies of the Rolling Pin will be cooking up a storm on the waterfront this May Morning and invite you to join them – it’s sure to be a recipe for a good time! There’ll be spectacular views as the sun rises over the ocean.


Sound and Fury Morris
Gasworks Park, Seattle
May 1st, 5:30am
Dance style: Cotswold

Sound and Fury Morris will be dancing the sun up with many Morris friends and their assorted beasts. Look out for Finn the salmon and Ogo Pogo the lake monster. No donations necessary. For more info, see their Facebook Event.

Sound and Fury morris dancing in Washington with their beast, Finn the salmon.
Sound and Fury Morris dancing with Finn the salmon. Pic via their website.