Foresters Morris
and Sword Dancing Club
Welcome to 2021

home : who we are : what we do : programme : photos : music : videos




Foresters Morris as part of the Chatsworth House Spectacular.
More here.

Foresters in 1910?

More ancient Foresters?
Pictures from the 1910 Esperence Morris Book. The Foresters Morris and Sword Dancing Club was founded with lady musicians, and morris was kept going in Nottingham in the 1930s and 1940s by ladies.

What are we doing?

During the pandemic, we have been just zooming together instead of the usual weekly dance practices, but some of us are practising solo playing and dancing at home.

Now that lock-down is easing, we have had some real practices, which take place in kit at available local pub gardens, all socially distanced. It is certainly good to get together to be sociable for real, and to realise how much we need the physical exercise.

We would be happy to welcome anyone interested in joining us to come and watch, chat, and come to practices when we restart in September. Give us a call!

Who are we?

The Foresters Morris (full title "The Foresters Morris and Sword Dancing Club") was formed in 1952, and was the first morris dancing club in Nottingham. It is still the best! Since we are near to Sherwood Forest, we have Robin Hood as our logo. The club was formed from the demise of other sides in nearby towns, which had been in existence in the 1930s, and were kept going by ladies such as Frances Downing during the war years. More here. We welcome new members, anyone wanting to have a try!

What do we do?

We perform mainly English morris dances from the Cotswold and border regions, together with some dances from Lichfield. At appropriate times of year we perform a traditional local Plough Play (a type of mummer's play) and mummer's play. We also include rapper sword dancing in our repertoire. For more details about morris dancing, You can read some of our handouts of background information or more background information or still more on morris dancing. Or would you like the French versions of these documents? Or for a more sober and serious view of the whole thing you can look at a BBC programme transcript.

Where can we be seen and heard live?

In the summer on Monday evenings, we dance at pubs in the local area. At any time of year we perform by request (for a fee!) at larger events. We are currently not taking general bookings for 2015. We will be performing some of our regular and Monday bookings such at Harlaxton, MayDay and the Robin Hood Beer Festival as usual.

This year our dance outs are all at 8pm at the following pubs:

  • Monday 7th June 8pm The Plough, Hickling
  • Monday 21st June 8pm Air Hostess, Tollerton
  • Monday 12th July Old Green dragon, Oxton
  • Monday 26th July Commercial Inn, Beeston
  • Monday 2nd August Spanish Bar, Ilkeston
  • Monday 16th August Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham
  • Monday 23rd August Woodlark Inn, Lambley
We are joiuned by the Greenwood Step Clog Dancers at all these events.

Where can we be seen in photos?

A selection of photos of us from our formation in the 1900s up to our latest show is arranged by year and available here for modern photos or here for ancient ones, most photos copyright © Eric Foxley. Over 2000 photos from 1967 onwards can be accessed from those pages. In addition there are many videos available on YouTube by searching for "Foresters Morris".

Where can we be heard on-line?

A selection of mp3 files of our dance music, singing and mumming are available here.

Why are we such good dancers?

Because we practise every week at the Queen's Walk Community Centre in the Meadows area of Nottingham on Monday nights in winter, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., then socialise over a drink! Visitors are always welcome to come and try it out, contact any member or phone Eric on 01159786858.

How do we spell our name?

We are the "Foresters Morris", not "Forresters" or "Forester's" or "Forrester's" or "Foresters' "!

How can you contact us?

If you are interested in finding out more, or in coming along for a taster session at one of our practices, or in booking us to appear at a function of some sort, phone our squire Stewart on 0115-914 1061 or Eric on 0115-978 6858 or email Eric.

What do you think of us?

The following was found on the blog of a student who had seen us:

Last night, I watched a bunch of grown men dance around with handkerchiefs and sticks while wearing bells and flowers at the Sword Dancing/Clog dancing event, which was even more entertaining than I dreamed, even if it was a bit unexpected. When someone says "sword dancing" I usually imagine a bunch of muscular, shirtless men doing a bunch of dangerous stunts with pointy swords. Instead, we got hilarious scholarly men doing authentic, if a bit silly, old dances, complete with a jester of sorts who went around hitting girls in the head with a bladder, which he assured us will encourage pregnancy in the coming year (I should certainly hope not!).  Then we went out to the (cold) conservatory to watch clog dancing, which looked particularly challenging but also very entertaining, and was complete with background stories.

Cecil Sharp

Full details and photos of Cecil Sharp's original 3-hole pipe are here.

PDF handout

Members' page



Latest news

Monday 29 Jan: Practice at QWCC, with LMMM members attending.

Monday 3rd Feb: AGM at QWCC.



Print this page
E-mail to: or to
Updated Monday 12-Jul-2021 19:11 , visits Site Meter
Website content copyright © Eric Foxley who also runs the Dunkirk Arts Centre.

Eric manages web sites for
Chaturangan, Dunkirk Arts Centre, Greenwood, Grant Publisher, King Billy Sessions, Young Folk, Austrian tiler and Freds Folks.

Greenwood Clog Foresters Morris Freds Folks Music database