Kesteven Morris 

Lincolnshire's premier Morris team

contact Trev or Becky: 01529 305186
Kesteven Men comprises of Twelve men;  dancers and musicians playing melodeon & accordion. Traditions danced include Bampton, Bledington, Bucknell, Sherborne, Fieldtown, Lichfield and Upton On Seven and of course the famous Sleaford dances.
Kesteven Women comprises of ten women; eight dancers and two musicians playing accordion and melodeon. Traditions danced include Kestevens own LincWold, Headington, Brackley, Ilmington, Bidford, Stanton Harcourt plus North West, Garland, and East Anglian Molly.
 

The Truth about Morris Dancing


Morris dancing is the most widespread form of vital and exciting traditional English customs still extant. Despite the efforts of the early church to suppress pagan rituals; despite efforts by polite society to turn the dance into a skipping game; despite wars wiping out generations who performed it; despite modern English apathy; this ancient part of our heritage continues.

Its existence in

South Lincolnshire,

and the

East Midlands

is ensured by Kesteven Morris.
Anxious that the Morris dance should be seen by as many people as possible, the group perform at a wide variety of locations from vast stately homes to small garden fetes, from country pubs to city centres, in fact anywhere where a crowd of people gather.

Kesteven Morris ensure their high spirited performances are skilful, enthusiastic and entertaining while taking care never to compromise the spirit of a unique and powerful English Tradition.

Kesteven is one of the three old counties which now form the county of Lincolnshire.


From the county records - Sleaford early 19th Century - "Morris Dances are still practised in this neighbourhood, though not with the zeal of former times. This pastime is a combination of the ancient pageants and the morisco dance; and maid Marion and the Fool are considered as indispensable appendages to the party. It is an antique piece of mummery performed at Christmas, as a garbled vestige of the sports which distinguished the Scandinavian Festival of Yule. The performers repeat a kind of dialogue in verse and prose which is intended to create mirth, and ends in a comic sword dance and a plentiful libation of ale."