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 season is rapidly reaching its close (see below for the next 4 events, and the Events List page for the full programme), so now is the time to start thinking about joining us and learning how to dance and/ or play the morris. Our practice season starts on October 4th. Meanwhile, you can keep up to date with our remaining events via our twitter feed and Facebook pages, 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). We are now taking bookings for 2018, and as we are normally pretty much booked up by Christmas, please contact us as soon as you can.
Highlights of our 2017 season include Summerpole, our all day event in Guildford; 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 have danced at lots of pubs, and this year we have made 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.
We always welcome new recruits; dancers and musicians alike. So if you fancy giving it a go, come and see us during the Practice Season (October to April). We practice at Pewley Down School, Guildford, on Wednesday evenings between 8 and 10pm. 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.