West Somerset is beautiful area and has some stunning villages and panoramas. On a good day, which is most days, you can see all the way to Wales.
We are also very lucky to have many picturesque places to dance at such as Porlock Wier (insert) and Dunster as well as some fine hostelries selling traditional local ales and ciders.
During the Spring and Summer 2019 we enjoyed dancing throughout West Somerset.
The May Programme started with May Day in Minehead where the famous Minehead hobby-horses could be seen wandering the streets and taking part in the Wellington Square dancing. We also enjoyed dancing at Milverton Street Fair and other villages including Stogumber (with Mayhem), Bicknoller, Nether Stowey (with Sweet Coppin), Goathurst, Bishops Lydeard, Withypool, Exford. Other venues included The Beeches Caravan Park at Blue Anchor and Home Farm at St Audries.
The Wessex Folk Festival over the first weekend in June provided an opportunity to meet old friends from many other morris groups. There was plenty of chances to dance, to make music and to sing.
June followed with Thursday dance outs at various villages Cannington, Combwich, Cotford St Luke, Combe Florey, Watchet, Winsford and Wheddon Cross. Other venues where the dancing added to the richness of the events were the Sampford Brett Fete and Washford Beer Fest.
The final month of the dance season meant another drive across the moors to Lynton and Lynmouth on the first day of August. Before that venues included Dunster, Old Cleeve, Dulverton, Minehead, Burrowhayes Campsite, the Porlock Weir Fest and in September Porlock Carnival.
December saw the annual highlights of Dunster by Candlelight and Boxing day at the Yarn Market in Dunster. In addition to the Cotswold and Border dancing a Mummers Play was performed by members of the West Somerset Morris for the first time in many years. In all 2019 was a great year for the West Somerset Morris.
Why not join us at one of the venues below for some traditional dancing, music and singing during 2020.
Friday 17 January Torre Cider farm Wassail 7pm followed by a Mummers Play
Friday 01 May Minehead Mayday Wellington Square 10.45 and 11.35
Friday 08 May Milverton VE day celebrations
Saturday 09 May Somerset Day at Bishops Lydeard Railway Station
Thursday 14 May Goathurst 8pm/Bishops Lydeard,Bird in Hand 9pm
Thursday 21 May Stogumber, White Horse 8pm/Bicknoller, The Bicknoller Inn 9pm
Thursday 28 May Blue Anchor, Beeches Holiday Park 8pm/ St Audries, Home Farm 9pm
Thursday 04 June Winsford, Royal Oak 8pm/Exford, The Crown 9pm
Thursday 11 June Old Cleeve, Outside the Church 8pm/Dunster Yarn Market 9pm
Thursday 18 June Watchet, The Star 8pm/The Esplanade 9pm
Thursday 25 June Bishops Lydeard, Lethbridge Arms 8pm/Fitzhead, Fitzhead Arms 9pm
Thursday 02 July Lynton, Valley of the Rocks Hotel 8pm/Lynmouth, Bath Hotel 9pm
Saturday 04 July Williton Fete 2pm to 5pm
Sunday 05 July Porlock Weir Fest (To be confirmed)
Thursday 09 July Dulverton, Lion Inn 8pm/ The Bridge Inn 9pm
Saturday 11 July Carhampton Fete pm
Thursday 16 July Minehead, Esplanade opposite the station 8pm/ The Old Ship Aground 9pm
Thursday 23 July Porlock, Sparkhayes Camp Site 8pm/ Porlock Weir 9pm
Sunday 26 July Watchet Carnival Fair 12 to 5pm
Thursday 30 July Luccombe, Burrowhayes Campsite 8pm/ Porlock, St Dubricius 9pm
Saturday 28 November Porlock Late Night Shopping
Thursdays between 8 and 10 pm
at St Audries Village Hall.
19 September 2019 through to 23rd April 2020
November 21 (The practice will be at Sampford Brett Village Hall usual time)
No practice on December 26th 2019 (Boxing Day but we are at Dunster in the morning)
Thursday 9th April (Thursday before Easter - no practice)