There will be lots of events, performances and displays going on, For details of the Morris dancing click here and for all the other events, you can download the programme here.
Circus Skills for young and old, led by Creative Palaver on the cathedral grounds from 11am to 2pm. See www.creativepalaver.co.uk for more on these great entertainers.
Maypole dancing is a wonderful way for children (of all ages up to about 95!) to join in. Jo Harmer and Cath Watkins of FolkActive will be encouraging everyone, but especially children to dance around the maypole in the cathedral grounds. Children under 5 will need an adult dancing alongside. Come to the cathedral grounds 1-1.30pm and 3-3.30pm
Stepping workshops. In the cathedral grounds (if wet, in St Maurices Covert) , come along and help breathe new life into a lost local Hampshire folk tradition. Although it is seldom seen nowadays, a hundred years ago step dancing or “stepping” was probably the most widespread of all British folk dances because it could happen anywhere, and anyone could do it. On street corners, at family parties, pubs, fairs and festivals, all you needed were feet, and tunes that could be whistled, sung or played.
Using simple steps and foot tapping we'll help you to create patterns that work with different rhythms to local Hampshire tunes. There are no set routines, but we'll show you how the steps can be put into simple social dances, based on those collected by Alice Gillington in the New Forest 100 years ago. It’s accessible and great fun: all adults and children are invited to come along and try it!
No previous experience necessary. Wear shoes with hard soles. Led by Jo Harmer and Cath Watkins of FolkActive, they run sessions at schools around Hampshire and the children get a tremendous amount from the dancing, music and rhythm. Click on the picture to see a video.
10.30-11am and 2-2.30pm
In St Lawrence's Church there will be some great music come and listen to. See below for the various performers and go to the timings page for the program of events. The church is medieval and itself worth a visit click here for more information. To find the church go down the passageway by the Buttercross heading towards the Square, Museum and Cathedral. The passageway takes you under an arch by the West Cornish Pasty shop and the church is on this passage,
The Barton Stacey Chamber Choir who sing beautifully and always are interested in new members who would like to join them. See bartonstaceychamberchoir.org. The choir will be singing in the church 2.30-3.30 and also be singing around the town: 11.00 – 11.30 at the Buttercross and 12.30 – 1.30 at Brooks Shopping Centre
Southampton Folk Orchestra is an open access group that plays traditional folk music. The group creates arrangements of tunes together and performs at least once a term. The orchestra welcomes all players of acoustic instruments from confident experienced musicians to beginners. Have a look at them on the web here.And listen to them in the church from 11.30-12.30 and 3.30-4.30
The Bella Voce youth choir will be singing in the church from 10.30-11.30 and 12.30-1.30 and come and see the Lord Mayor's show and mass dance in the Abbey Gardens from 2pm
Then to end the day, come to the music session in the Guildhall bar from 5pm and the SHOCC ceilidh at 7.30. See more on this page.