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Joint Morris Organisations’ Day of Dance 2023 (Exeter)

Joint Morris Organisations’ Day of Dance 2023 (Exeter)

JMO 3 logos in lineThe JMO National Day of Dance is a collaborative event organised in turn by one of the three morris organisations in the UK – The Morris Federation, The Morris Ring, and Open Morris. The day of dance is a celebration of morris and traditional dancing held annually at a different location around the UK.

In 2023 the day of dance is on Saturday 22nd April 2023 in Exeter hosted by Beltane Border Morris, based on Dartmoor in Devon, on behalf of Open Morris.

The organisers say:

“We are planning a day of Morris extravaganza full of dance, colour, music and enthusiasm, with dance spots all over historic Exeter. There will be plenty of evening entertainment, and many opportunities to sample Devon’s finest beers and ales. If your Morris team would like to make a weekend of it, there’s plenty of good places to stay, Dartmoor to explore, the fine Devon coastline for a sea swim and the chance to celebrate St George’s Day in Dumnonian style.

“Join Beltane Border and Morris teams from all over the country – and help to bring Exeter alive with Morris energy on 22nd April!

Take a look at the JMO Day of Dance website where more information on the Day of Dance will be posted as it becomes available.  The day will include: opening ceremony, tours and showcase spots, film showing in the afternoon, ceilidh in the evening, plus lots of pubs primed for music sessions. Indoor camping is also available.

jmo-day-of-dance-logoRough timetable:

10 am – Opening Ceremony at Exeter Phoenix (Arts Centre) with the Lord Mayor and Jim Causley

10:30 am – Dancing begins

4:30 pm – Event closes

5:00 pm – Showing of film ‘Morris – A Life With Bells On’ at Exeter Phoenix

8:00 pm – Ceilidh featuring Mrs Midnight’s band and caller Fee Lock


Bookings closed on 14th March

There may be spare places for late bookers – if your team is a member of the Morris Federation then Contact Us (use the dropdown for ‘events’) and also complete this online form: Register for the JMO DoD 2023 in Exeter but that does not guarantee you a place.

Members of Open Morris and the Morris Ring please contact your host organisation.

Around 30 MF member teams will be performing there:

Team Name Town and County the team is based in Primary style of dance web or social media link
Barrel Morris Bude, Cornwall Border
Black Bess Border Morris Newton Abbot, Devon Border
Bootstrap Border Morris Wellington, Somerset Border
Borderline (Devon) Braunton, Devon Border
Bradninch Millers Morris Bradninch, near Exeter, Devon Cotswold, border, stave
Cogs and Wheels Ladies Morris South Zeal, Devon Cotswold
Dartmoor Border Morris Meavy, Devon Border
Devizes Jubilee Morris Devizes, Wiltshire Cotswold
Downes on Tour No fixed abode Cotswold!biz/id/5b053bd5afd691796be933d0
Dr Turberville’s Ash, Somerset Cotswold
England’s Glory Ladies Morris Gloucester, Gloucestershire Cotswold
Enigma Border Morris Stoke Sub Hamdon, Somerset Border
Frome Valley Morris Weymouth Cotswold
Glory of the West Exeter, Devon Cotswold
Great Western Morris Exeter, Devon Cotswold
Green Willow Clog Team Dartington, Nr Totnes, Devon North West Clog!biz/id/5b053bd7afd691796be935c2
Huginn and Muninn London Border
Knights of King Ina Somerton, Somerset Cotswold Jigs
Lodestone Border Morris Tavistock, Devon Border
Mendip Morris Congresbury, Somerset Cotswold, Border, North West
Mr Wilkins Shilling Bath, Somerset North West
Otter Morris Exeter, Devon Border
Stroud Morris Stroud, Gloucestershire Cotswold
Sutton Masque Sutton, Cambridgeshire Border
Tinners Morris South Zeal, Okehampton, Devon Cotswold
Treacle Eater Clog Yeovil, Somerset (practice in Rimpton) North West
Winkleigh Morris Crediton, Devon Cotswold & Border
Winterbourn Down Border Morris Bristol Border
Wreckers Border Morris St Dominick, Cornwall Border
Wyld Morris Bridport, Dorset Cotswold


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