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Thaxted Morris Dancing - Now With Pictures! (and video!)

Saturday 31st May

The Thaxted Morris Weekend is one of the biggest annual events in the national Morris Dancing Calendar and is guaranteed to provide lots of colourful characters and spectacular dancing to photograph, with 15 “sides” from all over the country attending.

The main activity takes place from 6.00pm on Satuday evening, when Town Street in Thaxted is closed to traffic and all 15 sides dance simultaneously. The finale is at approximately 10.15pm, when the local Thaxted side perform the eerie and evocative Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.

Some of you may wish to come just for the evening, but I would recommend arriving no later than 5.00pm and preferably earlier as parking can be a problem and the street becomes very crowded with spectators.

However, for those who would like to make a day of it I recommend that we meet for brunch (or just a coffee if you prefer) at Parrishes Bar in Town Street (the main street running through Thaxted). We can then spend a couple of hours photographing the many old buildings and impressive church before watching four of the Morris sides perform outside the Guildhall at 2.45pm.

During the day the various Morris sides are split into 4 groups, which tour and perform at many of the surrounding villages. It is of course possible to drive out to some of these events, if you wish, and I have reproduced the leaflet with full details below.

After the dancing at the Guildhall we can visit the local windmill, which also has a small rural life museum. There are also some picnic tables where we could eat either sandwiches we have brought with us or purchased from the local shops. There are pubs, cafes and a fish & chip shop but these are likely to be very busy by late afternoon (another good reason for enjoying a hearty brunch at Parrishes in the morning).

We need to be prepared for the 6.00pm start, when all 15 Morris sides march in a procession to Town Street for the start of the evening’s dancing. It does become very crowded with spectators and unless you manage to secure a position at the front getting a clear view can be a problem. Also it might be difficult for us to stick together as a group.

As the evening wears on light levels drop and photography can be a real challenge, with the high ISO capabilities of your camera fully tested. Fast primes, if you have any, will give you a real advantage.

If you would like to join me at this unique event please register your interest below.

Here's copies of the leaflet promoting the event:-





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Re: Thaxted Morris Dancing

The Silurians practice Morris Dancing? Does Dr.Who know about this?

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The Silurians practice Morris Dancing? Does Dr.Who know about this?

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It's a cunning disguise they used to infiltrate the Earth, with a plan to ultimately destroy it. But they saw there was no need because we are already doing a great job of self-destruction and so they just blended in to enjoy the dancing.
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It's a cunning disguise they used to infiltrate the Earth, with a plan to ultimately destroy it. But they saw there was no need because we are already doing a great job of self-destruction ...
The Westminster group have already done that!
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Re: Thaxted Morris Dancing

The event is this coming Saturday - is anyone interested?
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Re: Thaxted Morris Dancing

Unfortunately I can't come, but I'm looking forward to seeing the images from this!

(Wasn't it George Bernard Shaw who said he was willing to try anything except incest and Morris dancing?

I suppose photographing it is OK! The latter, that is...)
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Unfortunately I can't come, but I'm looking forward to seeing the images from this!

(Wasn't it George Bernard Shaw who said he was willing to try anything except incest and Morris dancing?

I suppose photographing it is OK! The latter, that is...)
Actually, it seems to be good fun, excellent exercise and a very social activity, with copious amounts of beer drunk in between. I am referring to Morris Dancing, of course.
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Re: Thaxted Morris Dancing

Sorry, can't make this one. I'll be on a photo walk in Greenwich ... trying one of the new Park Cameras offerings, to see what they're like.
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Sorry, can't make this one. I'll be on a photo walk in Greenwich ... trying one of the new Park Cameras offerings, to see what they're like.
We'll be interested to hear what it's like.
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Re: Thaxted Morris Dancing

Sorry John, I can't make that day as it's Joshua's birthday party, one already where has the time gone?

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Sorry John, I can't make that day as it's Joshua's birthday party, one already where has the time gone?

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You wouldn't dare miss that - and you wouldn't want to! A very special occcasion; he's growing up fast. Make the most of this time and savour every moment, it doesn't last long at all.
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Re: Thaxted Morris Dancing

Really wish I could be there for this one. Looks fantastic. Morris dancing and the English folk tradition in general are much maligned so it's good to see such a vibrant event.

For those lucky enough to be going have a great day and I look forward to seeing some images.


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Re: Thaxted Morris Dancing

Hi John, aiming to get there around 4PM and will stay until late. Will be aiming to shoot stills and video.

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Hi John, aiming to get there around 4PM and will stay until late. Will be aiming to shoot stills and video.

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Hi Ian,

Do you mind picking me up on the way? 4pm should be a good time to get to Thaxted, hopefully before the town gets too busy in preparation for the Morris processions at 6pm followed by the dancing. Certainly by 5pm spectators will be gathering and it does get very packed.
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Re: Thaxted Morris Dancing

See you at yours as discussed

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