Hartley Morris Men


Next Event

Tuesday 23 April 2024


The Moat

London Road, Wrotham, TN15 7RR

St. George's Day !

Last Event

Saturday 06 April & Sunday 07 April

Tour of Coalport, Jackfield & Ironbridge

The Boat Inn, Jackfield

China Museum, Coalport

MAWS Craft Centre, Jackfield

The Black Swan, Jackfield

All Nations, Madeley

Dancing on the Iron Bridge 

With Guests The Ironmen & Severn Gilders

The Coracle MicroPub, Ironbridge

Ye Olde Robin Hood, Ironbridge

The Boat Inn, Jackfield

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! 

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