Hartley Morris Men

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Thursday 18 July 2024

8.00pm

The Chequers Inn

The Street, Laddingford, 

ME18 6BP


With Guests

Kits Coty Morris

...and then

Friday 19 - Sunday 21 July 2024


The Shepherd Neame Tour

Hartley Morris Men undertake our annual tour, visiting Shepherd Neame pubs by open top bus in East Kent. Let's hope it stays dry!


We'll be based at

The Golden Lion

Mayton Lane, Broad Oak, Canterbury CT2 0QJ

Saturday


10.30am

The Rose Inn, Mortimer St, Herne Bay CT6 5ER


11.30am

The Bear Inn, 3 Market Place, Faversham ME13 7AG


12.30pm

The Sun Inn,10 West St, Faversham ME13 7JE


3.30pm

Duke of Cumberland, High St, Whitstable CT5 1AP


4.00pm

Old Neptune, Marine Terrace, Whitstable CT5 1EJ


5.00pm

To Be Confirmed!


Sunday

1.00pm

Dancing at The Golden Lion

Last Event

Saturday 13 July 2024


Victory Morris Day of Dance


We'll be dancing with our friends Victory Morris, and plenty of other sides, in an extravaganza of Morris in and around Portsmouth & Southsea, Hampshire


Listen to our own Pete Burren chat with Lynn Briggs on West Kent Radio.


Hartley Morris Men, the oldest Morris side dancing in West Kent, have our roots dating back to the Stansted Morris dancers of the mid-1930s. We perform traditional Morris dances in the Cotswold style.

 

​Our regular dance season runs from May until September and traditionally starts at dawn on May Day at the Coldrum Stones Long Barrow, which is even older than us. We dance most Thursdays through the summer, and the odd Tuesday, at some of West Kent’s best pubs and usually end the evening with a few songs. We also perform at various events at weekends where the clashing of sticks and a few beers seem to complement each other.

We’re a mixed bunch, ranging in age from early 20s to the other end of the spectrum. We’re keen to keep this great tradition going and would encourage you to come along and watch or, better still, get involved – we’re always happy to see new faces and teach them the dances.

​​Over the Christmas period traditional mumming plays are performed by some of our members as The Darent Valley Champions, in aid of local charities.

​Wherever we are you’ll usually find the Hartley Horse, who originally erupted from an egg on the beach at Broadstairs many years ago and has followed us around ever since. Generally quite tame he sometimes gets completely out of control but has yet to cause anyone any serious harm, yet! 

Interested in Joining?

Click the Horse!