The Kennet Morris Men are based in the Reading area, although you can see us performing throughout Berkshire and South Oxfordshire. This season we will be performing dances in the distinctive styles that developed in the Cotswold villages of Bucknell, Ducklington, Fieldtown, Hinton in the Hedges, Illmington, Oddington and Sherborne, and farther afield in the City of Lichfield and Upton upon Severn.
Our dancing season starts at sunrise on May 1st and continues through to the end of September. During the season we go out one evening each week to dance at many of our favourite local hostelries, often with or as guests of neighbouring teams. At weekends we can be seen dancing at fetes and shows, and we often go on tour with other Morris sides. From October to April we meet on Monday evenings at St Mary's Church Hall, Church Lane, Shinfield RG2 9BY, to continue practising our dances, to learn new ones and to train new dancers.
We dance the Morris because we enjoy it, because we want to maintain a unique part of our cultural heritage, and because our audiences are entertained by watching us and participating in the Luck of the Morris.
We are members of the Morris Ring whose aims are to encourage the performance of the Morris, to maintain its traditions and to preserve its history.
We are always pleased to welcome new members as either dancers or musicians, to ensure that Morris continues to be danced in the Reading area for many more years to come. We've three recent recruits who are all new to Morris and thoroughly enjoying themselves, but they don't want to be the new boys for too long! Why not come along to a practice and get involved? You'll like us.
To help you understand what's going, and to join in the fun, our Fool has written a light-hearted A -Z guide U-Spy Kennet Morris and to the current dances U-Spy Morris Dances. Download the pdfs and bring them with you when you come out to watch us and collect those points. If you really want to know all about us, there is no better read than The Kennet Morris Men - A Foolish History.
We hope this website contains everything you might want to know about us but if there's something you can't find please contact us and we'll be happy to help.