Pilgrim Morris Men

WELCOME to the Pilgrim Morris Men of Guildford, the local men’s morris dancing side of Guildford, Surrey, England, since 1972. We dance a variety of traditions in the Cotswold style, generally dancing around Surrey and north-east Hampshire during the summer season. From time to time we will head off to other locations, mainly for tours or festivals, and we dance at corporate events.

Our 2017 dance programme is now available (see below for the next 4 events, and the Events List page for the full programme). 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, contact us on Facebook or twitter for the quickest response. Otherwise we can be contacted via email to our Bagman (follow link on page). Please note our programme is full for 2017, but we are taking bookings for 2018. We are normally pretty much booked up by Christmas, and already have bookings for 2018, so please contact us as soon as you can.

We kicked off our season with Summerpole, the all day event in Guildford on Saturday, 29th April, comprising morris dancing, the Summer Pole (a bit like a Maypole), the mythical N’Dobbin, Summer Court, processions and of course, the Guildford Bush, our version of a Jack-in-the-Green. We were joined by guest Sides, Marlings Morris of Edenbridge, Fleur-de-Lys of Godalming and Ewell St Mary. Many thanks to them, and to all who helped to make it a great day out.

Highlights of our 2017 season include Jacob’s Well May Fair; Seale and Sands Show; Bourne Show; Rustic Sunday at Tilford Rural Life Centre; Broadwood Morris Day of Dance in Horsham and the Surrey County Show. Of course, we will be dancing at lots of pubs, and this year will be making an effort to get to pubs we’ve not danced at for a while, many of which are in the outlying villages. With so many pubs now being (basically) restaurants, it is increasingly difficult to find a pub with an audience, so we really do appreciate the pubs and audiences who support us on our Wednesday night pub dance-outs.

Whilst our practice season is finished, we always welcome new recruits; dancers and musicians alike. So if you see us out and about over the summer and fancy trying morris dancing, please talk to us. 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, there are lots of videos of us. 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, at St Martha’s Hill, near Guildford.


The next 4 Pilgrim Morris Events are below… Visit the Events page to see the full programme.

Tuesday, 30th May

Surrey County Show
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.

Monday, 5th June

The Alfred, Upper Hale
Guests of the Naughties of Jackstraws.

Wednesday, 14th June

Home turf! Starting at the Britannia (tbc) and moving on to the Olde Ship, St Catherine's from about 9pm.

Wednesday, 21st June

East and West Horsley
Duke of Wellington, E Horsley, followed by the lovely King Billy (William IV) at W Horsley.