Foxs Morris in their red and green tatters at Swanage Folk Festival
There are many forms of Morris Dances and the styles vary from different parts of Britain.
The basis for most dances is rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures performed by groups of dancers usually wielding handkerchiefs, sticks, swords, mollies, garlands and staves etc.
The Festival also encompasses traditional folk dances from Bulgaria, Slovak Czeck, Middle East, England and Ireland.
Click on any of the entries below to get more information. At the bottom of this page is a map of the festival locations.
Zdravetz are a Bulgarian dance group performing Horo dance at the 2022 Swanage Folk Festival.
Ragged Phoenix dance in the colours of the phoenix – red, orange, yellow and gold on black.
Cry Havoc dance in White and Black, with a white buzzard on the back of a black waistcoat + purple ribbons on baldrics and bells.
Fleur De Lys ladies Morris in Violet and cream
Phoenix Morris in black breeches (or skirts)
Madder Mill Molly Molly dance in black top and bottoms with red braces, neckercheifs and black bowler hats with red ribbon.
Taeppas Tump are performing at the 2022 Swanage Folk Festival in their burgundy red skirts, white blouses and green aprons with decorated straw hats
New Forest Meddlars are performing in white trousers & shirt, purple waistcoat and purple/multi coloured tattered jackets.
Dr. Turberville’s tend to go dressed as pirates when dancing in Swanage.
Beetlecrushers perform in their traditional 1900 dress at the 2022 Swanage Folk Festival.
Performing at the 2022 Swanage Folk Festival is Wreckers Border Morris in their black and gold tatters.
New Moon Morris mainly dance in a Fusion style, but also a mix of other styles, in their colourful clothes.
Dorset Buttons are a north west ladies clog side, in red clogs, red and green dresses with blouses.
Bideford Phoenix Morris dance in a Cotswold style in their black knee length trousers, black shoes, white socks, white shirts, red Baldricks, blue neckerchief and red wavers.
The Ilfracombe Red Petticoats dance in the North West style in their Black skirt, white blouse and red waistcoat
Magog ladies dance in white dress with various coloured aprons and shawl for dancers, black waistcoats for musicians.
Sovicka-Slovak are a children’s Folk Dance Group performing Slovak traditional dance.
OBJ Morris dancers in Black, Green and white.
Full Moon Morris perform in Yellow and blue waistcoats, navy trousers & white shirts.
Wyld Morris perform a Cotswold style of Morris dancing.