Dancing out in the West Somerset area

 

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.

 

Events for 2020

JANUARY

Friday      17 January  Torre Cider farm  Wassail 7pm followed by a Mummers Play

 

MAY

 

Friday      01 May      CANCELLED 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

Saturday  16 May      CANCELLED Green Man Festival Bradford-on-Avon

Thursday 21 May      Stogumber, White Horse 8pm/Bicknoller, The Bicknoller Inn 9pm

Monday   25 May      CANCELLED Old Cleeve Open Gardens

Thursday 28 May      Blue Anchor, Beeches Holiday Park 8pm/ St Audries, Home Farm 9pm

 

JUNE

 

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

 

JULY

 

Thursday 02 July      Lynton, Valley of the Rocks Hotel 8pm/Lynmouth, Bath Hotel 9pm

Saturday  04 July      CANCELLED 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

T​hursday 30 July      Luccombe, Burrowhayes Campsite 8pm/  Porlock, St Dubricius 9pm

 

NOVEMBER

 

Saturday 28 November Porlock Late Night Shopping

 

 

 

 Practice Venue 

 

      

******PRACTICE NIGHTS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED FOR THE PRESENT*****

 

Thursdays between 8 and 10 pm

at St Audries Village Hall.

 

from

 

19 September 2019 through to 23rd April 2020

 

Exceptions

 

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) 

 

 

******PRACTICE NIGHTS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED FOR THE PRESENT*****