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.
As we progress along the Government's roadmap out of the pandemic health emergency it is looking like we will be dancing on Whit Monday. However, this will be a shortened version of the traditional event and we would strongly urge that no one travel to Bampton this year. As the nation recovers let's leave this year for the people of Bampton.
Our illustrious fool has recently published his thoughts on the state of Morris dancing today. It is a no-holds-barred examination of the recent history and current challenges facing Morris dancing from a former Squire of the Ring and a man with a deep commitment to the tradition.
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