The oldest established side in Devon, Exeter Morris Men were formed in 1951 and are members of the Morris Ring of England. Each summer, in our distinctive outfit of black top hats, green waistcoats and black breeches with bells at the knees, Exeter Morris Men dance in towns and villages throughout Devon and travel to other parts of the country as guests of other Morris sides.


As well as appearing at major folk festivals in Britain, we have performed at festivals throughout Europe and performed in the USA. Regular fixtures include the Exeter Craft Festival held each year on Cathedral Green and Colyford Goose Fayre.


The form of dance that Exeter Morris Men perform is known as Cotswold Morris. The side has a repertoire of about 70 dances, mostly from the villages in the Cotswolds region of England such as Adderbury, Bledington, Ilmington and Lichfield.


Have you ever thought about having a go at Morris Dancing ?

Well, Exeter Morris Men are always looking out for new male dancers, experienced or complete novices ! Morris Dancing is great fun, good exercise and gets you to some of the best pubs in Devon.

We practice on most Thursdays from October to April and during that period all potential new dancers are invited to come along, meet the side and give it a try. You will be very welcome to take part in a dance practice and we will even buy you a pint of ale at The Poacher’s Inn afterwards !

New musicians will also be very welcome.

Exeter Morris Men

Exeter Morris Men contacts:


The Bagman:                Mike Painter

01392 660444             07970 526099   

(for all enquiries about Exeter Morris Men)


The Squire:                   David Goddard  

The Foreman:               Graham Wood    

Lead Musician:            Colin Andrews   

Web Stuff:                    Chris Burhouse  



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