WELCOME to the Pilgrim Morris Men of Guildford, the local morris dancing side of Guildford, Surrey, England. We dance a variety of traditions in the Cotswold style.
Founded in 1972, during the summer months we dance around Surrey and north-east Hampshire, and occasionally further afield.
Our 2016 dance programme is now available on the Events page. Please check the programme from time to time, as it does change as bookings and gigs are confirmed. We also keep our twitter feed and Facebook pages up to date, so follow us to receive bang up to date news on gigs and events (links at bottom of page). If you’d like to book us for an event, or to dance at your pub, suggest contacting us on Facebook or twitter for the quickest response. Otherwise we can be contacted via email to our Bagman (follow link on page). However, please note that our programme is full for this season, and we already have enquiries for 2017.
On the 30th April we celebrated the 40th Summerpole, the all day event in Guildford comprising morris dancing, May pole, summer court and procession. We were joined by guest Sides, Jackstraws, Yateley Morris Men, Mayflower and Fleur-de-Lys, plus many other guests and helpers (see Latest News for details). It was a very special day. We followed this up with (amongst others) dancing at dawn on May Day; Ottershaw Village Fete; Bramley Fete and Broadwood Morris Day of Dance in Horsham. On Monday May 30th we will be dancing at the Surrey County Show all day from 11 am.
If you fancy having a go, we can train you during the dance season, so come and try it out. It is free! We are also recruiting musicians. Our practice season is now finished; the 2016/17 practice season will run from early October until the end of April.
Being a Pilgrim is about more than dancing: we normally have a music session after our pub gigs. And we present the traditional Guildford Mummers Play on Twelfth Night (6th Jan) in the oldest pubs in Guildford town centre every year.
Our current core dances are from the Adderbury, Ducklington, Field Town and Bampton traditions.
For any amateur or professional photographers who would like to take photos of us for publications and web sites, if you let us know in advance, we can ensure we can line up the best photo opportunity for you. We are always very grateful for any photos or videos, we’re normally too busy to take them ourselves! If you’d like to see photos of us in the media to get a flavour of the sorts of photos the professional photographers take of us, we have been featured in the national press, such as The Times and Express, and the BBC website. Our thanks to Getty Images in particular for their continued support and excellent photos. Search for us on Google etc. and they should pop up. There are also lots of photos of us on Flickr etc.
If you’d like to see us in action, search for Pilgrim Morris Men on Youtube. You can also find us on twitter (@PilgrimMorris and #calveslikepistons) and Facebook.
Meanwhile, here we are dancing Beaux of London City…
And here’s one that a member of the audience posted of us dancing at dawn on May Day in 2013, at St Martha’s Hill, near Guildford.
The next 4 Pilgrim Morris Events are below… Visit the Events page to see the full 2015 programme.
Monday, 30th May
Its the late bank holiday Monday, its Guildford, its the County Show, so it must be time to watch us girding our loins to dance around the showgrounds all day, mud or no mud.
Wednesday, 1st June
Rescheduled due to their fire, we're hoping they'll be up and running by then.
Wednesday, 8th June
Dancing with our friends, Fleur-de-Lys, so its a 2 for 1 evening.
Monday, 13th June
Usually a fun evening, dancing with the Naughties of Jackstraws.