Thaxted Morris Meeting

Where: Thaxted, Essex & surrounding villages
When: Weekend after Spring Bank Holiday (so usually first weekend in June)
Time: Tours from 9.30, Procession at 6pm, Horn Dance 10.15; Sunday 9.30 Procession to church followed by 10am service, dancing from 11.30


Thaxted Morrismen are a well established side who annually host one of the biggest events in the Morris calendar, which involves the teams touring the surrounding villages and performing in the town itself. Their Morris Meeting attracts participants from all over the country over the whole weekend – expect sword dancers, mummers, musicians, folk plays and processions as well as morris dancing in the Cotswold tradition. The climax of the event is the horn dance which rounds the day off on Saturday at 10.15 – I’ve read that this is rather special. There are further dances and processions on the Sunday as well as a dedicated church service.

Helpful Hints

Look out for the exhibition about morris in the church.

In 2018 it will take place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of June. Follow the website link below and choose Ring Meeting from the options on the homepage, where you’ll find a list of approximate timings and locations, and a map.

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