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20 May
  • Morris dancers outside Winchester cathedral
  • Morris dancers outside Winchester cathedral

City Centre


SO23 9GH


Mayfest is a celebration of music, dance, and song, in venues across the historic city of Winchester.

Performances include:

  • Dance sides (as written)... but this year locations also include the Great Hall and the Brooks Centre

  • Maypole and Southern Step workshops in the cathedral outer close

  • Circus skills workshops provided by Creative Palaver

  • Dance display for the Mayor in the Abbey Gardens

  • In St Lawrence's Church: Bella Voce youth choir, Barton Stacey choir and Southampton Folk Orchestra

  • A mass dance for the public to join in at 3.30pm in the Abbey Gardens, straight after the Mayor's show.

For the programme of events please click here:  Mayfest 2017 dance programme

Information on Winchester Mayfest Performers 2017

Aldbrickham Clog & Step Dancers - A side from Reading, dancing traditional clog and step dances from all over the British Isles

Anonymous Morris - A young, energetic mixed Border Morris side from Poole old Town

Bloodstone Border Morris - A riotous mixed Border side, some of whose dances relate to Isle of Wight legends

Clausentum Morris - A recently-formed, young, energetic Cotswold side based in Hampshire

Customs & Exiles - A high-energy mixed side from Wokingham, dancing North West and Border dances

Deorfrith Morris - A mixed side from the New Forest dancing a variety of Cotswold and Border dances including lesser-known ones

Ellington Morris - A traditional Morris side based in Maidenhead; one of the few mixed Cotswold teams in the area

Fishbourne Mill - A mixed side from Chichester, mainly dancing in the Cotswold tradition

Fleur de Lys - A ladies’ stave dance side from Godalming, Surrey, with dances originating from several parts of England

Garston Gallopers - A mixed Cotswold side from West Berkshire, whose green and purple costume is inspired by the old local school uniform!

Hobo's Morris - A female Border Morris side based in Poole, Dorset. They paint their faces as tigers for fun!

Hook Eagle Morris Men - A lively men’s Border side from central Hampshire, characterised by the feathers in their hats and colourful tatters

Hurst Morris People - A friendly mixed side from near Reading dancing in the Cotswold style. Affectionately known as HuMP

Knickerbocker Glory - An Appalachian dance team from Alton, Hampshire, who dance in the precision clogging style

Minden Rose - A ladies' Garland dance side from Alton, Hampshire, who dance in a variety of styles

Mythago - A team from Sussex, whose aim is to recreate pre-Christian English stories through Border dance, narration, verse and song, wearing black tatters and distinctive masks 

New Forest Meddlars - A mixed side from Lyndhurst, with an 'unfussy assortment' of dances from the Cotswold and Border traditions

OBJ Morris - A mixed Border side from Bracknell and Wokingham who wear green, black and white tatters

Quayside Cloggies - A ladies' North West clog and Garland side from Bournemouth, with colourful handmade costumes

Red Stags Morris - A mixed Border side formed in 1968 at Southampton University, they dance their own style of Border, comprising traditional, adapted and new dances

Sarum Morris - A mixed side from Salisbury, dancing mainly in the Cotswold tradition with a few added extras

Southern Lights - A folk side from Southampton dancing specially created dances in the southern dance tradition - no clogs!

Sweet Rapper - A ladies' Rapper Sword team based in Bournemouth, accompanied by a single musician

Taeppa’s Tump - A ladies’ North West side from near Maidenhead. Their name comes from the nearby burial mound of a local Saxon chieftain

Wickham Morris - A sociable side from Wickham, Hampshire, dancing traditional and made-up dances in Cotswold and Border styles

Wight Bells - A ladies' North West dance side from the Isle of Wight, with dances named after Island locations

Winchester Morris Men - Our local side was formed in 1953 in the Eclipse Inn, Winchester, and is a traditional Cotswold dance side

Cath Watkins Southern Step workshop - A chance for audience participation in these half hour workshops recreating a lost tradition of stepping to Hampshire tunes. There are no set routines; all you need is feet!

Southampton Folk Orchestra - An open access group that plays traditional folk music with connections to the local area.

Bella Voce - An auditioned choir from Testbourne Community School

Barton Stacey Chamber Choir - Formed in 2011, a community choir that invites all singers (experienced or not) to try a wide variety of musical styles.

Creative Palaver - Callum English and team will be running circus skills workshops throughout the day, including juggling, spinning plates, diabolo and much more.

Additional events taking part on the day

Cathedral Outer Close

Throughout the day: Creative Palaver circus skills workshops

10.30 – 11.00 Southern Step workshop *

1.00 – 1.30 Maypole workshop

2.00 – 2.30 Southern Step workshop *

3.00 – 3.30 Maypole workshop

* The Southern Step workshops will be held in St Maurice’s Covert if wet


St Lawrence’s Church

10.30 – 11.30 Bella Voce youth choir

11.30 – 12.30 Southampton Folk Orchestra

12.30 – 1.30 Bella Voce youth choir

2.30 – 3.30 Barton Stacey choir

3.30 – 4.30 Southampton Folk Orchestra


Brooks Shopping Centre

12.30 – 1.30 Barton Stacey choir


The Buttercross

11.00 – 11.30 Barton Stacey choir


Abbey Gardens

2.00 – 3.30 Mayor’s Show

3.30 – 4.00 Mass dance (public participation)

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