Whitsun 2021 (looking possible)
Whit Monday dancing schedule and other useful information
Because of the COVID-19 health emergency the usual Whit Monday day of dance was cancelled for 2020. We present here the information from 2019 to give you an idea of a typical Whit Monday would look like. We now hope to be dancing on Whit Monday this year, but it will be a reduced program and we would strongly urge our Morris enthusiast friends NOT to travel to Bampton this year. It is still not wise to travel unnecessarily, and, anyway, with so little practice after so long we are likely to be pretty rubbish. We will update this page as the date nears and we know better if dancing will go ahead and what our modified programme will look like.
Morris dancing has been part of Bampton's Whitsun (now Spring Bank Holiday) festivities for centuries. Here is the information you need to join us in this ancient tradition. Dancing begins early with each side starting off at their home pub and carries on until late afternoon when there is a break for tea (and perhaps a bit more). Dancing resumes around 6:00 pm with the invited sides taking over the show at various locations. By tradition the invited sides do not appear on the streets of Bampton 'in kit' before 6:00 pm.
For our guest sides this year we are delighted to welcome Stanton Harcourt and Thames Valley Morris Men.
Whitsun 2019 Programme
Spring Bank Holiday, Monday, 27 May
|9:00 am||Talbot Hotel|
|9:30 am||Village Hall car park|
|10:00 am||The Lanes|
|10:30 am||The Morris Clown|
|11:10 am||Market Square War Memorial|
|11:30 am||Church gates|
|1:00 pm||The Old George|
|1:30 pm||The Romany Inn|
|2:00 pm||Westbrook House|
|2:30 pm||Cheyne Lane (by Patrick Strainge)|
|3:00 pm||Wood House|
|3:30 pm||The Deanery|
|5:00 pm||Tea (with guest sides)|
|6:00 pm||Guest side dancing begins at Church Gates|
|Thames Valley Morris Men|
|All times are approximate.|
Click on the title to see a Google map of our dance locations..
If you want to catch all the Morris dancing in Bampton, visit the Royal British Legion stand in the Town Hall carpark where you can pick up a schedule and map of all three sides' dancing for the small donation of £1.
If you are coming for the festivities and planning to camp (tent or van) then you can find good facilities at the Bampton Recreation Ground and Pavilion on Buckland Road (just south of town). Click to download an information sheet.