Morris Dancers have been performing in Bedfordshire for at least 450 years. The Bedford Morris Men were formed in 1932 to help keep the tradition alive in our county.
We now perform dances from a range of Cotswold traditions, as well as dances from the North-West of England and the English-Welsh Borders. In Winter we also perform the mysterious and ancient Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance.
Although there are no historical records of Morris Dancers in Bedford itself, there are references to them dancing in Potton (1560), Woburn and Bletchley (1767), Silsoe (1789) and Stevington (1870).
The last of these occurred on a Plough Monday and may have included a Mummer's Play. The Bedford Morris Men still tour a traditional Plough Play around our local pubs every Christmas in honour of this tradition. To find out where the play is being performed this year just click here.
We dance at all kinds of events from October to July every year and we practice in the village of Ravensden each Wednesday during those months.
We perform all over the county and beyond - but we practice at 8pm every Wednesday from September to May at:
Ravensden Village Hall, Ravensden, BEDFORD, MK43 2RL
We need more men to join us and keep the tradition alive - for more info just click here or contact our Bagman, Phil Nicholson on 01234 772295