Wicket Brood

Dance sides, Free

At this year's Swanage Folk Festival are Wicket Brood, a Border side from Hertfordshire who wear purple, green and black tatters and face paint.
From: St. Albans
Style: Border
Website: https://wicketbrood.org.uk
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wicket brood

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.

Wicket Brood

Wicket Brood are a Border side formed in 1994 who practice in the village of Bricket Wood, near St Albans in Hertfordshire.

They are known for their flamboyant dancing and powerful music. They perform a wide range of border dances, some sourced from original notation others written by themselves.

Their signature dance is the Worcestershire Monkey, which they wrote both the music and dance for. The Worcestershire Monkey is traditionally performed by Wicket Brood with as many as 7 other Border sides to mark the end of the Swanage Folk Festival on the sea front. The massed Worcestershire Monkey, supported by the musicians from all the participating sides playing the Weasle’s Revenge is an unmissable sight at the end of the festival. Several of the sides often then repair to the sea to perform a selection of dances in the water.

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