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Fool or Beast Related Events

F&B at the Leicester JMO Day of Dance

This was held on April 18th 2017.

Knotty and Trigger represented the Illustrious Order by doing their own thing and generally causing trouble, which is what they are good at. There were a number of other members supporting their own sides among the 800 or so dancers and musicians. This event was run by the Leicester Morris Men on behalf of the Morris Ring It was largely down to the exceptional organising skills of Charlie Corcoran, also a member of our order.

Getting over 60 sides to 19 locations and getting displays of Border, Cotswold, North Western, Garland, Step Clog, and Sword  to entertain the ethnically divers crowds is no mean feat. Overall dancers from Ring, Open and Federation sides all seemed to be having a good time and the usual massed gathering at the end of the day was varied and spectacular.

 K and T and their masters realised what a privilege it is to be able to give pleasure to people aged from a few months to 90+. They were particularly conscious of the responsibility of explaining our idiosyncratic group to the numerous cultures in this city and the many overseas visitors. It was humbling to see how we had clearly made the day for half a dozen people with evident mental and physical disabilities.

 Thousands of photographs were taken at the event with our 'Characters' attracting more than their fair share of attention.


Thanks to Yonder Hedge Facebook, where there are many more pictures of the JMO 17.

F&B at the Bristol JMO Day of Dance

This was held on April 18th 2015.

As expected there were quite a lot of fools and beasts attending with their sides.

However, some itinerant beasts were roaming the city causing fun and games for children and adults alike.

Trigger, Knotty and Dennis are seen below near the check in at the L Shed before embarking of their unruly tour of the City Centre.

This year the event was arranged under the auspices of the Open Morris by Rag Morris of Bristol.

With some 50 sides and over 500 participants it was a spectacular event and Bristol will never be the same again.

There are lots more pictures on Facebook.

The three beasts above were the stars of probably thousands of photos taken by people from many countries. They are great ambassadors for English eccentricity!


Animals Workshop for 8-16yrs

10am - 4 pm on Saturday 15th October

Hosted by Ashley's Rise Junior Morris

at Horfield URC, Muller Road, Bristol BS7 9RE

and led by Robert Chisman of the Illustrious Order of Fools and Beasts.

Why do we have Morris animals and what part do they play?
A chance to find out and to start making / developing your own Morris animal.

This workshop is open to all young people aged 8-16yrs.

Cost for the day: JMO members 3; non-members 5.
Bring a packed lunch, any animals you have or are working on,
and materials to make an animal and ideas!

Provisional running order: Morning - making / developing animals,
afternoon - using animals in Morris performances,
finishing up with performance to invited audience.

Advance booking required

For further information or to book your place contact Kim on 0117 940 1566
or email:

This page may include past or future events.

Course at
Bristol University

Chris Harris (Of Kemps Jig Fame)
A weekend to find your fool! Explore the Fools, Beasts and Betsys of Morris Dancing with motley expert Chris Harris. A chance to develop your own style and find the special ingredients that inspire laughter. We'll work with masks, motley and hobby horses to unleash your outrageousness and locate the fool in you.
Saturday 11 March 2006, 10am-5pm: and Sunday 12 March 2006, 10am- 4pm 60
Information & Bookings 0117 954 5471  
Closing Date 2nd March 2006


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