Merrydowners Morris

Dance sides, Free

Merrydowners Morris are a mixed Cotswold side from Northwest London who started at a church fete in Harrow in 1990.
From: Harrow, North London
Merrydowners Morris
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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.

Merrydowners Morris

Merrydowners Morris originated in June 1990 when a group of local volunteers and a few ‘pressed men’ were assembled together to provide entertainment for our local church fete at St Albans Church, North Harrow, (North West London) . It started out as a bit of fun and was supposed to be a ‘one off performance but soon turned into a more serious past-time as various team members started to enjoy the experience as time went on.

We now regularly perform at events throughout the year and have on the odd occasion been known to ‘dance out’ at various pubs in the local area. Many of our performances tend to be in nearby towns and villages but we have from time to time been called upon to entertain at a few very prestigious events including; the Euro 96 football reception at the Guild Hall, City of London.

In 2004 we visited Honk Kong as part of London’s entry in the Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebrations and in 2015 we performed in Paris in their New Years Day Parade, dancing down the Champ Elysees. We have also appeared in several CNN V news items and the BBC T.V. program ‘The One Show’ as part of their various features associated with Morris Dancing.

Our Philosophy about Morris Dancing is quite simple. We dance because we enjoy it. It’s a very English tradition and we also try and bring a sense of fun and culture to people who may not have been aware of our Morris Dance Folk heritage .

We are always on the lookout for new members, male or female to join our team. No Morris Dancing experience is necessary, you only need to be someone who is willing to learn and have fun. We generally, meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month in North Harrow to practice so if you are interested, why not come along.

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