West Somerset Morris
is an active Morris side covering dance venues as far as Lynton to the West and Bridgewater to the East. They were formed originally in 1965 as a men only side and after four years hard work achieved a high standard of dance which led them to being accepted into a Morris governing body known as the Morris Ring.
A number of successful international tours were made that included the USA, Czech Republic, Germany, France and the Channel Islands.
The full programme can be seen on the Diary Page.
In 2015 the West Somerset Morris Men began the transition to becoming the West Somerset Morris when they decided to use their experience and influence in the area to start a mixed border side to help promote folk dance and specifically morris in the local area.
The project was a great success and the 'West Somerset Border Morris' was formed.
26 December 2023
Dance Out at Dunster Yarn Market
The West Somerset Morris will celebrate Boxing Day with a programme of dancing and music followed by the enactment of the traditional Mummers Play at the historic medieval Yarn Market, Dunster.
Watch the drama unfold with Father Christmas
From 2018 the West Somerset Morris Men and the West Somerset Border Morris became the West Somerset Morris (WSM) and are now a mixed adult side dancing Cotswold and traditional Border Morris.
We practice from September to April at West Quantoxhead Village Hall on Thursday evenings.
Lively music is provided by a variety of musicians kept in in order by music maestro Edwin Spring.
Click the link below to read Tracey Gemmell's account of meeting the West Somerset Morris by clicking the link below
Practice sessions are held
every Thursday in the St Audries Village Hall
If you are interested in joining us, either as a dancer or a musician, or both we look foreward to hearing from you.
Contact details are on the Contacts page.
A busy, energetic and succesful summer season of Thursday evening dance outs was completed with a dance out at Burrowhayes and Porlock.
In addition there has been a weekend at the Wessex Folk Festival at Weymouth and dancing and music at a number of carnivals and fetes.
Despite the weather a tour of North Devon (Woody Bay Station, Combe Martin and Ilfracombe) was a great success especially dancing out with the Ilfracombe Red Petticoats.
See Photos on the Gallery page. Hover cursor over a photo to see the date and location.