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Pigsty Morris -Bristol UK

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We are a dance group based in Bishopston, Bristol, UK. Our dances are lively and energetic, designed to entertain and attract today's audiences, but with their roots in traditional English Morris dancing. We dance regularly in the Bristol area, but also perform at venues around the country and further afield.


* Why Morris dance?

Brandon Hill 04:30 at dawn Bristol (Brandon Hill 04:30 at dawn!! Tues 01 May 2018)

* New dancers .
* Where do Pigsty Morris perform?

* Programme.
* Would Pigsty dance at an event I'm organising?

* So what is Morris dancing?

Upton stick dance 2015
* Contact details
* Links to related sites



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Why Morris dance?

Morris dancing gives you a great opportunity to enjoy yourself while keeping fit, meeting other people, touring the country and getting involved in community events, festivals, street entertainment, television - you name it, Morris dancers have been there! Lots of people are natural dancers, but modern life may offer relatively few accessible dance opportunities - Morris is one. There are very few pastimes that combine a really good social life with a rewarding and challenging activity - the chance to travel and the option of getting involved in local events in your home area. Besides, if everyone knew about the free beer and the cut-price festival tickets...


New dancers:

Bradford on Avon 2023May 2023 Bradford-on-Avon Green Man Festival

If you enjoy ceilidhs, barndances or other forms of dance, then Morris dancing could be for you. We welcome new adult dancers with any amount of (including no) experience.

Best to wear loose or stretchy clothing and trainers. We are all vaccinated for covid-19. Weekly sub £3

Next taster sessions: Friday 29-Sep-2023, Friday 6-Oct-2023 7:30pm- 9:30PM. £3 each. After that we practise almost all Fridays until the end of April. If you can't make it to a taster session , you can join at a later date. Let us know you are coming. At Kelvin Players Hall, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NY (Gloucester Rd entrance). Details below.

For more information:Contact 07508 216811 or

Location: Kelvin Players Hall how we get our name which is at 'Pigsty Hill', Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NY Map
Corner of Gloucester Road (A38) and Wesley Road, numerous buses to 'Hatherley Road' stop from south or 'Nevil Road' stop from north. Bikes can be left inside.


Dance events

Most of the events we perform at are in the Summer months (see our Programme for 2023 below). There's no such thing as a typical dance event. Every year, we dance at all or most of the following. People choose the ones they like and you can do as many or as few as you want: Local pubs - generally a relaxing Friday evening at a pub near Bristol - we know a lot of landlords and they welcome us every year. Festivals - these can be big events, where we are centre-stage, or smaller, community events where we just dance around the town. They can be anywhere in Britain - or further afield. Fetes - usually organised by schools or villages - a chance to get to know local groups and enjoy the events they have organised. Morris weekends - organised by other Morris groups in their area (or by us around Bristol) - an opportunity to see somewhere new, and meet old friends.


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Programme 2023

Most dancing takes place in the summer - our programme shows you our dance schedule for 2023.

We're currently taking bookings for 2023. If you would like to book us for an event, see our booking details below

Old Green Tree in BathApr 2023 Old Green Tree Pub Bath. Photo Marcus Good

Jan 2023

Sat 14th Jan 2023 Wassail: Horfield Organic Comunity Orchard (BS7 8JP) (entrance footpath adj 22 Kings Drive.) 2-4pm Photo (Thanks John M)

Sat 21st Jan 2023 Wassail: Hillfields Community Garden, Hillfields park, Thicket Ave BS16 1-4pm

Fri 27th Jan 2023 Private Wassail Thornbury

Feb 2023

Mar 2023

Tues 21 March 2023 dancing for the children at a pre-school in Bristol

Apr 2023

Jun 23 April 2023 15:00 The Old Green Tree in Bath, with Somerset Morris (St Georges Day) Photo (Thanks John M)

May 2023

Mon 1 May 2023 greeting the dawn on Brandon Hill 04:30 - 06:30 approx

Mon 1 May 2023 14:10 St Werburghs City Farm May Day event

Sat 06 May 2023 13:00 Bank Tavern Bristol

Sat 13 May 2023 Bradford on Avon Green Man festival - all day Photo (Thanks John M)

Sun 28 May 2023 Chippenham Folk Festival - all day

Jun 2023

Fri 02 Jun 2023 The Cottage, Baltic Wharf BS1 6XG 19:30 for 20:00

Fri 16 Jun 2023 The Black Horse, Clevedon Lane, Clapton in Gordano BS20 7RH, 19:30 for 20:00

Wed 21 Jun 2023 The Druids Arms, Stanton Drew, BS39 4EJ. 19:30 for 20:00 (Rag Morris Hosting)

Fri 23 Jun 2023 Private function, South Gloucestshire 21:15

Fri 30 Jun 2023 Private function Clifton Bristol 18:20

Fri 30 Jun 2023 The Anchor Inn, Church Lane, Oldbury on Severn BS35 1QA.19:30 for 20:00 (with Kittiwake Morris)

Jul 2023

Sat 08 Jul 2023 Priddy Folk Festival all day.

Thurs 13 Jul 2023 Private CareHome 14:00

Mon 17 Jul 2023 Huntsman Pub, Bath with Winterbourne Down Boarder morris. Evening

Fri 28 Jul 2023 Pub dance out evening. The Bank Tavern, Bristol BS1 2HR.

Aug 2023

Sep 2023

Sun 03 Sep 2023 Ashley Hill Allotment Produce Show. 1pm approx

Sat 16 Sep 2023 Street Party Bishopston Bristol

Oct 2023

Sun 22 Oct 2023 Horfield Organic Orchard Apple Day. pm

Nov 2023

Dec 2023

Wimborne festival 2015 by Steve and Helen Jones 2015



We are always interested in dancing at any event - however big or small, and wherever it is located. Apart from events like fetes and festivals, we have performed at social and charity events, danced in schools and old folks' homes, danced in Trafalgar Square, Bath Abbey and street parties, just to name a selection! Please contact us at to see if we are available for your event, or ring 07508 216811 if you don't have e-mail access. We like as much notice as you can give us - so contact us now to avoid disappointment!

Horfield organic community orchard

Horfield community orchard apple day Jan 2023( Photo John Mildenhall)


What is Morris dancing?

Morris dancing is a general term for any of many sorts of traditional English ritual dance. The earliest records of Morris dancing are only a few hundred years old, though some would have you believe that it's definitely pagan. There are many theories regarding its origin - generally tenuous in nature. Whatever the origins of Morris are (and we may never know), the most important thing is that it does not become preserved as a 'museum piece', but lives and continues to evolve. Of the many forms of dance, Pigsty Morris dance Cotswold Morris - which is characterised by vigorous movements, accentuated by the waving of handkerchiefs, the clashing of sticks, and the ringing of bells tied to the legs.

One of earliest paintings:Dixton Harvesters Anon 1720 Cheltenham Museum One of earliest paintings:Detail from 'Dixton Harvesters' 1720 Anon, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

Much of the Morris dancing you see in Britain today has developed from the material collected about a century ago, which itself had evolved over centuries before that. The collected material made Morris widely accessible, and it spread from the people and areas where it had traditionally been performed. Without this revival, it is quite possible that English Morris would have died out completely. As regards women dancing (as they do with Pigsty Morris and in many other groups), there is evidence that women danced the Morris during the 1800s (as they may have also done before that time), and they were pivotal in its revival in the early 1900s. The widely held stereotype of the Morris dancer as a middle-aged, beer-swilling man has probably only developed since then, as Morris dancing between 1920 and 1970 was very much a male preserve. Hopefully the stereotype is fading; nowadays, men and women of all ages and backgrounds and from all walks of life take part in and enjoy Morris dancing. ps Most famous Morris dancer was Joseph Needham (1900-1995) Author of 24 vols of 'Science and Civilisation in China'.


Contact details

If you would like:

* information about Morris dancing in general
* to talk about joining us or other groups
* to enquire about booking us for any event

ring 07508 216811.



Links to related sites

For some other Morris groups around Bristol, see Rag Morris (mixed group-Thursdays), Bristol Morris Men (Men-Thursdays) Winterbourn Down (mixed group-Mondays) and nonesuchmorris (mixed group-Wednesdays) (We at Pigsty Morris are mixed and practice Fridays) Kittiwake border morris (mixed group-) (We at Pigsty Morris are mixed and practice Fridays)

For general Morris information, see the Morris Federation, the Morris Ring and Open Morris

And for something completely different, try Kelvin Players - the theatre group whose hall
we've practiced in for all these years...

or even Swedish folk dance Swedish folk dance/music


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Image Archive
Photos/video 2016-2022 (current baldrick kit)

Sun 25 Sep 2022 Ashley Hill Allotment/ St Werburghs city farm allotment show 12:30pm.  Photos thanks Kath and Sean 
Thurs 9th Jun 2022 Stoke Inn, Chew Stoke (70th jublilee celebration).  Photo thanks Sean 
Sun 29th May 2022. Chippenham folk festival all day. Photos thanks John Mills and Sean 
Sat 30th April 2022. Bristol Folk Festival. Afternoon  Photo thanks Sean 
Aug-Oct 2020 Covid-19 dance and zoom  2 Photos
Tues 01 May 2018 Brandon Hill 04:30 at dawn!!  Photo
Sat 21 Jan 2017 Bedminster wassail.  Photo

Photos/video 2014/15 (current baldrick kit)

18-Jan-2014 Horfield Organic Comunity Orchard Wassail two Photos (Thanks Kath) (rag jacket kit)
04-May-2014 Bristol Folk Festival afternoon  Photos (Thanks Sean)
31-May-2014 Wessex Folk Festival (Weymouth) Photos (Thanks Sean)
01-Jun-2014 Wessex Folk Festival (Weymouth) link to flickr 
06-Jun-2014 Boars Head Aust 7:45 for 8pm  Photo (Thanks Sean)
27-Sep-2014 Stroud Folk Festival. Dancing in Stoud centre. Photo (by Tony Quigley)

01-May-2015 Dance at dawn (04:30 on) on Brandon hill Bristol with other sides. The two primary schools (private) Photo (Thanks Deb)
03-May-2015 Bristol Folk Festival. 12:00 Folk House, 12:45 St Georges, 15:00Corn Street.Central Bristol. Richard Toller's photos 
09-May-2015 Horfield Community Orchard Spring Fair after 2pm  Photo (Thanks Lucy Mitchell)
12 to 14-Jun-2015 Wimborne Folk Festival.      Steve and Helen Jones dance photos 
19-Jun 2015 the Druids Arms pub Stanton Drew 8PM  Photo

Photos/video 2012/13(current baldrick kit)

14 Apr 2012 Our Day of Dance with nine other local and distant sides. Bristol city centre approx times:
                Galleries youtube link
                Centre Promenade youtube link
27 May 2012 Breast cancer charity event in Locking  3 photos           

Photos/video 2010/2011(red/green belt kit)
16 Jan 2010  wassail at Horfield allotment One Photo (rag jacket kit)
10 Apr 2010 Barton Hill Settlement Bristol.  First photo in 2010 kit
23 Jul 2010 - Anchor at Oldbury 10 mins YouTube: Vandals Lolipop and London Pride (Rag)
17 Oct 2010 - Apple Day. Horfield Organic Community Orchard  photo

Photos/video from 2009 (red/green trouser kit)
Note: videos below not recommended on dial-up
Ring O Bells Pub, Priston, Bath new years day
John M party

Cardiff Ladies day of dance 
3 dawn photos 1 May!
YouTube Redland fair:Pigsty Grenadiers  Vandals of Hammerwich  Saturday Night
YouTube DoD Glory of the West- Exeter  Widders-Chepstow 
YouTube DoD Pigsty (Fieldtown Trunkles)   (Lollipop Man)  (Bluebells)
YouTube DoD Pigsty (Three Jolly Sheepskins) and Widders  
YouTube DoD Pigsty (Saturday Night)  
Horfield Allotment Orchard Apple day
Filton College Wise Campus 2pm
Photos 2008(original kit)
 3 photos Sat 7 Jun 	 Wessex Folk Festival Weymouth 
 1 photo Sat 28 Jun 	'Ragged and Old' day of dance, Near Stroud
 youtube: Basque Dance (lichfield) at Kings Head. Ragged and Old DoD 
 66 Photos. Sat 13 Sep Glory of the West' day of dance, Nr Exeter
Photos 2007(original kit)
 3 photos from Day of Dance in Bath with Priston Jubilee Morris
 3 Photos from Two Rivers folk festival in Chepstow 
Photos 2006(original kit)
8 Photos from Cardiff Ladies' Morris Weekend of Dance
1 Photo from Eastville Park garden opening
1 Photo from Clifton Street Party
1 Photo from charity event on Frenchay common
3 Photos The Fox, Old Down, with Rag Morris and Winterbourne
1 Photo of Weekend of dance with Ironmen and 7 Guilders
Photos 1987-2006(original kit)
20 'yearbook' photos 1987-2006

Photos from previous website 6 photos

Dance Archive (Video (1) and Notation (20))

Notation click here.

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