About us

You will find Bampton, famous around the world for its Morris dancers, on the southern edge of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. The teams dance each late spring bank holiday Monday  in streets, squares and gardens and you will find them performing from 9am until dusk in their white suits and bowler hats decorated with flowers to the accompaniment of fiddles, melodeons, accordions and the ancient pipe and tabor. Everywhere they go they are accompanied by the Fool with a bladder on a stick and the Sword Bearer. Impaled on the bearer's sword is a plum cake, pieces of which he distributes to the crowds for luck.


We normally start dancing outside 'The Talbot' in Bampton (map here)  at 8.30 am on Whit Monday. See you there!

Among the photographs at the link above is one of Sonner as he watched us for the final time last Whit Monday.
Albert (Sonner) Townsend
started with the team in 1925, and so was our oldest surviving dancer. He was always there at our dancing out and when he died we lost a great friend, a much-respected fellow member team member and a much cherished link with our past.

Paul Smith, a dancer and musician with the side and Barry Care, Clown, wrote about aspects of Sonner's life. They can be read by clicking here.

The Team

Picture taken by and supplied by John Maher of the Morris Ring and used on this site (tbmd.org) with his kind permission

Come and join us!

The Traditional Bampton Morris Dancers rarely perform outside Bampton; they are best seen in their traditional surroundings, anyway. Come and join them in their summer celebration. Bring all the family, unpack your picnic, sip a cool drink, relax - and enjoy one of England's finest traditions.

The team always welcome new members, so if you live in Bampton (or close by) don’t hesitate to telephone for a chat or speak to one of the team when you see them. Morris is a wonderful way for fathers, sons and grandads to spend time together. Just ask the members!

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Contact us at: mail@tbmd.org

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