Holly Copse Molly

Dance sides, Free

Holly Copse Molly perform Molly dances, in their colourful yellow, black and magenta kit. They're from Bournemouth and Molly around being silly.
From: Bournemouth
Style: Molly
Website: https://www.hollycopsemolly.com/
Holly Copse Molly are dancing in Swanage Folk Festival 2024
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Festival locations

Events are located around the town centre, mainly Sandpit Field and Shore road. Click here for a map of the locations.


Some parts of the Festival are free and others need you to buy a ticket. Click here for more details about tickets.

Holly Copse Molly

Molly Dancing originated in the English Midlands and East Anglia and is associated with Plough Monday (the first Monday after Twelfth Night).

Tradition has it that as a way of filling the gap between Christmas and the start of the Spring ploughing season, the ploughboys would tour around the village landowners, offering to dance for money. Those who refused would be penalised in various ways including having a furrow ploughed across the offender’s lawn.

The dancers, wishing to gain employment from those same landowners shortly afterwards, would attempt to conceal their identities by blacking their faces with soot and dressing up in a modified version of their Sunday Best, typically black garments adorned with coloured scarves and other fripperies.

It was originally an all-male tradition but with one of the members—the Molly—dressed up as a woman. Holly Copse Molly began in 2008. We practice during the Winter and dance out on Plough Monday and during the Summer. We welcome new members, both male and female. Come and join us!

Each year Swanage is filled with a music and dance spectacle,
including FREE and ticketed events across the weekend.


Craft fair, children’s entertainment, afternoon concerts – On Sandpit field

Dance displays, a procession and music – all around the town

Tickets needed

Evening concerts – on Sandpit field

Comedy Club  and concerts and in the Conservative Club  –

Ceilidh in Swanage School

Workshops – various locations