In the small West Oxfordshire town of Bampton (Bampton-in-the-bush) Morris dancing has a very long history, and the Morris is taken quite seriously. Bampton is one of the very few English towns or villages with a unique Morris tradition that has an unbroken history stretching back centuries. The Bampton Morris dances are among the most popular of the dances favoured by revival Morris sides in England and throughout the world. Today Bampton has no fewer than three Morris sides (or teams) representing the tradition.
Welcome to the web home of the Traditional Bampton Morris Dancers where you can learn about the Bampton Morris as embodied in the history and dances of our side.
Whit Monday 2021
We will be dancing on Whit Monday,, but this will be a shortened version of the traditional event and we strongly urge that no one travel to Bampton this year. As the nation recovers let's leave this year for the people of Bampton.
We will not be publishing a programme this year. Our dancing will begin after lunch and will take place in our customary public areas, but not in any private gardens. Bampton residents can find us (or one of the other sides) simply by listening and looking.
We will not have any guest sides nor any evening activities. If you are reading this from out of town, we will hope to see you next year.