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 will be published towards the end of March. 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).
We are still booking for 2017, although our programme is nearly full, so please contact us as early as possible.
In 2016 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. It was a very special day. We followed this up with (amongst others) dancing at dawn on May Day; Ottershaw Village Fete; Bramley Fete; Seale and Sands Show; Broadwood Morris Day of Dance in Horsham and the Surrey County Show. Of course, we danced at lots of pubs during the season, and if you were one of the many who supported us, many thanks. 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 supported us on our Wednesday night pub dance-outs.
If you fancy having a go, WE ARE RECRUITING both dancers and musicians. Complete beginners are very welcome. We practice every Wednesday evening from 8 – 10pm at Pewley Down School, Guildford. It is FREE. The 2016/17 practice season will run until the end of April 2017. We are a men’s side, so male dancers only. However, we have female musicians, so ladies you are very welcome to join us as a musician.
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.
Saturday, 29th April
Summer pole is back. Following our 40th last year, another day of dancing, singing, fun and merriment. Guest sides will be announced nearer the time. All day in Guildford Town Centre. Starts outside The Star, High St, followed by procession to Castle Green via High St, Chapel St and Castle Grounds/ Keep. The Summerpole will be erected in Castle Green. More dancing after lunch at Town Bridge. Finishes at "tea time".
Monday, 1st May
Welcome in the spring/ summer months at St. Martha's Hill, near Guildford
Tuesday, 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.
Saturday, 1st July
A new event for us in 2016, really enjoyed it, and were delighted to be asked back. It is a cracking village show.