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Dolphin is a men's Cotswold Morris side

We dance a number of traditions (including Adderbury, Fieldtown, Headington Quarry, Bledington, Bampton, Ilmington and 

Lichfield) and have members who hail from all over Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.


From September to April we practise at Kingston-on-Soar Village Hall

(near J24 of the M1) and recover from the ordeal with a pint and, usually, a few tunes and songs in a local pub.


In January we generally perform a Plough play and throughout May, June and July we dance out at pubs and events around  Nottinghamshire, as well as the Leicestershire, Derbyshire and  Lincolnshire borders; after which we usually like to try and get a good singing and music session going.




If you want to chat with someone before

you come, call

Martin on 07599 969731


or email

Nick or Dave



June 3rd 2024

Tours diary update

Please note the change to our schedule this week, Thursday 6 June - starting 8pm at the Old Ship in Lowdham, then on to the Black Horse at Caythorpe at 9pm.

Check our 'Upcoming Events' opposite or the 'Tours_Events' page for further updates.

May 3rd 2024

Great start to our summer tours

Last night, 2 May, saw the first dance-out of this summer's season with our annual visit to two very welcoming Lenton pubs, the Johnson Arms and Boat Inn. Next week we are in Beeston - see Upcoming Events panel opposite, or click on Tour_Events above to view our 2024 diary, or follow us on Facebook, to find out where else you can see us this summer!

April 10th 2024

Summer season nearly upon us!

As the 'practice season' draws to a close, our 2024 events diary is now LIVE. Come and see us on one of our Thursday evening pub tours or at one of the bigger weekend events we're at this Summer. Click on the Tours_Events tab above for all the details!

September 13th 2023

Back to practice!

After our August break, it was back to the grindstone last Thursday for the start of the practice season. We practise every Thursday evening at Kingston on Soar Village Hall from September to the following April, and now is a good time to join - see column opposite for contact details...

August 3rd 2023

July tours round-up

July kicked off with a well-received show at Ruddington's monthly Saturday Market on 1st. 6th saw our first visit to the attractive village of Stanton by Dale near Ripley where we danced at Chequers Inn and the Stanhope Arms. Then on 13th to East Leake, where we were welcomed by The Three Horseshoes and Nag's Head. More great times were had at the annual Chipperfield meeting, as guests of our good friends Greensleeves Morris Men on Saturday 15th July (Thanks to Lewis Augustus Elliot for some great pictures here - with more here!). For our penultimate Thursday evening (20th) we travelled to the picturesque Black Lion at Consall Forge, Staffordshire, to dance in the company of the various sides, guests of Uttoxeter Heart of Oak Morris. And finally, on 27th, rounding off the season in the Vale of Belvoir at the Martin's Arms, Colston Bassett, and The Plough, Hickling. And so another fine summer season draws to a close (follow the dates for a closer look). August off, then back to practice in September!

July 10th 2023

June tours round-up

Another packed month included visits to Barrowby, Lincs, for a one-stop 'tour' at the White Swan (1st); a glorious Thaxted for their annual day of dance on 3rd; the incomparable Holly Bush Inn at Makeney in the company of Makeney Morris and Ripley Morris (8th);  The Cross Keys, Burton Joyce and side favourite The Black Horse, Caythorpe (15th); Sutton Bonington for our midsummer 'Come All Ye' at The King's Head, (22nd); and finally to the ever welcoming burghers of Bradmore Village, followed by The Frame Breakers Ruddington on 29th. Click the dates to view some the fun...

June 2nd 2023

May tours round-up

Thursday evenings fun so far in the merriest of months, with warm welcomes from The Johnson Arms and Boat Inn, Lenton (4th), The Pottle and Crown Inn, Beeston (11th), and The Final Whistle, Southwell (18th), and rounding off the month as guests of Leicester Morris in Sileby, Leicestershire, on Weds 24th. See some of the evidence here!

April 21st 2023

Coming to a pub near you soon!

Dolphin's summer tour season gets underway in​ two weeks' time, starting on Thursday 4th May at The Johnson Arms and The Boat Inn, Lenton.

Click the 'Tours_Events' tab on the menu bar/icon above for details of this and all our other summer dance-outs this year!

We look forward to seeing you!

February 3rd 2023

Winter round-up

As ever keeping a low profile during the winter, we remain very much active with the second half of the practice season well under way, as documented in our weekly social media feeds - do have a look! Just before Christmas we all gathered at The Sun Inn, Gotham, for our annual party and carol sing, where this year founding member and former Forman Ian Stewart bashfully received a framed certificate award bestowing the honour of Lifetime Honorary Life Membership of the side. Richly deserved!

November 13, 2022

Autumn round-up

Our practice season is in full swing with enthusiastic turn-outs every Thursday evening. We've introduced one or two new dances we hope to bring to the public next summer!


On a sad note, last month we bid farewell to our friend and Morris legend Bert Cleaver, dancing at at his funeral in Bradford on 10 October. He was a former Squire of the Morris Ring, inspirational teacher and honorary member of our side. He will be greatly missed.

September 6, 2022

New practice season off to a flying start

After a fantastic summer dancing out, it was back to the grindstone on Thursday 1 September at Kingston on Soar Village to recommence our weekly Thursday evening practices. With a good turnout we packed in a good few dances, followed by a convivial session at the King's Head Sutton Bonington.

By the way, if you're thinking of joining, now's a good time! See 'New members welcome' section opposite.

August 4, 2022

July tours and end of season roundup

July's weather may not have been so good for our reservoirs, but it was great for our Thursday evening tours. The 7th was our Vale of Belvoir tour, returning to the handsome Martin's Arms, Colston Bassett and the Plough Inn by the old canal basin, Hickling where enthusiastic audiences awaited! On 14th we were guests of Ripley Morris for a dance and an exceptional singing session at the Railway in Belper. The following week we joined Uttoxeter Hearts of Oak Morris for a lovely evening at The Black Lion, Consall Forge, in the picturesque Churnett Valley in Staffordshire. And finally on 28th July we finished the season in style at the The Waterside and Swan Inns by the canal in Mountsorrel, Leics.


After the trials of last couple of years we could not have wished for a better season. Thank you to all the our host pubs and audiences that made us so welcome!

August 4, 2022

Chipperfield once more

It was a joy to return to Chipperfield as guests of our good friends Greensleeves Morris Men on 9th July for a glorious walking tour around the Hertfordshire village that has become home of their famous annual weekend of dancing. Scaled down to a 'day of dance' this year, it was none the worse for that; lovely sunshine and excellent pubs, looking a bit like this!

July 1, 2022

June tours roundup

Our Thursday evening tours have continued in joyous style - hopefully as much for the audience as for us! On 9th June we rocked it with pre-Download Festival revellers at the Flag and Jolly Potters in Castle Donington. On 16th we spent a fine balmy evening at wonderful Final Whistle in Southwell. On 23rd we held our annual midsummer 'Come All Ye' at the King's Head, Sutton Bonington, where it was great to have the company of our friends: Nottingham North West Morris sides Maids of Clifton and Mortimer's Morris, from the Vale of Belvoir, New St. George, and First Class Stamp Appalachian Step Dancers from Nuneaton (pics). We rounded off the month last night at The Cross Keys, Burton Joyce, and then at one of our favourites - The Black Horse, Caythorpe, where the rain just about held off till we finished dancing and headed inside for a rousing session of music and song. Good times!

June 13, 2022

Great to be back at Thaxted

On Saturday 11th June we attended once again Thaxted Morris Men's famous annual weekend of dance. It was a wonderful day of dancing in sunshine around the villages of Essex and in the grand public displays in Thaxted town centre in the evening, closing at nightfall with the Thaxted ​men dancing the haunting Abbots Bromley Horn Dance. Here we are in action, thanks to photographers Lewis Augustus Elliott and Ian Ambrose.

June 6, 2022

Oh what a Jubilee!

We enjoyed a busy Queen's Jubilee weekend, joining celebrations in Gotham, Bradwell and Ruddington on Thursday (June 2) followed by a delightful evening performing in the company of Whip The Cat Rapper & Clog indoors at the excellent Trent Acoustic Roots & Folk club, Radcliffe-on-Trent on Sunday (pics). A great weekend all round!  

June 6, 2022

May Tours Roundup

May 19 saw us at The White Swan in Barrowby near Grantham for the first time - a one-stop 'tour', but we had an appreciative audience for two dance sets and a warm welcome from the landlord who made us space in the bar for a session and even laid on sandwiches. Cheers! The following week we almost dodged the showers at The White Swan and Royal Oak at the opposite end of our territory in Ockbrook, Derbyshire. Phew!

May 12, 2022

Beeston Tour

Another pleasant early summer Thursday evening out and about, this time in Beeston, first at The Pottle, and then at The Star where ace photographer Hugh Miller was on hand to capture the action here!

May 5, 2022

Lenton Tour

Our first Thursday evening tour in three years and what a great night! Thanks to The Boat Inn and The Johnson Arms for such a warm welcome on a warm and balmy early May evening when, after the dancing, we played and sang in the Johnson's beer garden into the night.

April 14, 2022

We're out on the road again!

We're delighted that our Thursday evening tours resume this summer! 

Click on the 'Tours_Events' button in the menu above to find out where you can see us.

We look forward to seeing you at a pub near you soon!

N.B. The details can sometimes change, so do check for updates and keep an eye on our social media.

December 23, 2021

Another unusual year draws to a close

In the company of a few friends and family, we celebrated the festive season in our usual way with a carol sing and get together at the Sun Inn, Gotham, on Thursday evening 16th December​. A jolly time was had by all, as can be seen here! We have enjoyed a productive first half of the practice season, finding our dancing feet again after the long pandemic-enforced break of the previous 18 months. Looking forward to reconvening on 6th January 2022 to continue the task of getting match-fit for the summer! A Happy New Year to all!

October 8, 2021

A fine day out in Peterborough 

On Saturday 25th September a bunch of us headed down to the famous fenland town, delighted to be guests of Peterborough Morris, hosts of Peterborough Day of Dance, 365th Meeting of the Morris Ring. What a fine day it turned out to be and such a great feeling to be together with other sides dancing for the public again after so long. 'Read all about it' here. Watch us and see more evidence here

September 2, 2021

A new practice season starts!

Yes, after the trials of the last 18 months, we return to Kingston-on Soar Village Hall for weekly practices starting tonight, Thursday 2nd September, from 7:30 pm. Contact Martin, if you'd like to join us!

August 8, 2021

Rare sightings of Dolphins in August

Dolphin MM don't usually go out of an August, but the urge to get back into kit after so long proved too much to resist. We first ventured out at our 'home' pub, The King's Head, Sutton Bonington on 29th July, and then last week INDOORS (yes, it was pour'n' outside!) at the ever welcoming Black Horse, Caythorpe, on 5th August - see the evidence here and here! On to the Sun Inn, Goatham next week, and thereafter... we'll see...

May 29, 2021

We're back (slight return)!

After a few tentative 'socials' over the last month or so, half a dozen brave souls ventured a dance or two - in civvies, mind you - last Thursday evening, 27th May, at The King's Head, Sutton Bonington! View the evidence here...

Could be out in kit soon!


Dolphin is a men's Cotswold Morris side

We dance a number of traditions (including Adderbury, Fieldtown, Headington Quarry, Bledington, Bampton, Ilmington and 

Lichfield) and have members who hail from all over Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.


From September to April we practise at Kingston-on-Soar Village Hall

(near J24 of the M1) and recover from the ordeal with a pint and, usually, a few tunes and songs in a local pub.


We dance out in May, June and July at pubs and events around  Nottinghamshire, as well as the Leicestershire, Derbyshire and  Lincolnshire borders; after which we usually like to try and get a good singing and music session going.




If you want to chat with someone before

you come,

email Dave at

or Gavin at

April 26, 2020

It's official - Summer 2020 Tours cancelled

On what would have been the week of our first dance out of the 2020 season, our bagman has officially announced the cancellation of all our planned pub tours and event bookings through to August -  sadly inevitable whilst pubs remain closed and public gatherings prohibited. We hope normal socialising will have resumed by this time next year, and look forward to being out and about entertaining the public again in 2021! Meanwhile, stay safe and well everyone!

March 19, 2020

Suspension of operations until further notice

In light of the current covid-19 virus pandemic, and in keeping with the Government's public health advice, Dolphin Morris Men have decided to suspend all activities until such time as normal social contact is resumed. There will be no more practices this season, and our summer tour schedule effectively cancelled unless circumstances change before the end of July 2020. Stay safe and well!

March 12, 2020

Side acquires second new member in a year - shock

It feels like we are in recruitment overdrive following the arrival of our second new member this year! Matt Simons, who has joined up after recently moving into the area, is already a veteran of Peterborough, Leicester and Cambridge Morris sides. We hope his youth and athleticism won't look too out of place as we hit the road this summer! Welcome along Matt!

February 27, 2020

Historic moment as Foreman hands over reins after 50 years!

It was a poignant moment last practice when our Foreman (chief dance teacher), Ian Stewart, passed on the mantle after half a century at the helm. We owe a huge debt to Ian, a founder member of Dolphin, as largely responsible for the side's style and standards of dancing throughout its lifetime. He will of course continue to dance, teach and play in the side, while we welcome his nominated - and most able - successor Michael Wilkinson into the role, and look forward to a new chapter in Dolphin's history!

January 31, 2020

Dolphin helps Kingston celebrate National Village Hall Week

It was a real pleasure for us to be invited to dance at Kingston on Soar Village Hall - our practice venue for more seasons than most of us care to remember - on Saturday (25th January) to help the village celebrate National Village Hall Week 2020! Eight of us danced for a small but appreciative crowd at the hall in the afternoon. Of the various stalls the cake stall seemed to be the one that most attracted the men... the lemon drizzle being particularly popular! We wish the hall committee all success in fund-raising for improvements to to the hall's facilities.

December 22, 2019

Doug debuts and Three Kings test the innkeeper's patience at The Vic, Beeston

Yesterday, Dolphin joined Lady Bay Revellers, Mortimer's Morris, Sullivan's Sword, Whip The Cat Rapper & Clog and members of Ripley Morris , or the official start of Christmas - The Revs' annual Christmas Revels at The Victoria, Beeston! The occasion marked new member Doug Fazzani's first dance out with the side - well done Doug! - and also showcased the side's acting talents, providing a formidable Three Kings for a touching Nativity play. All followed by rousing carols in the main bar, then more dancing from Revellers, a rapper & clog from Whip The Cat, Wil's fiddle jig and a few tunes and songs as the revellers drifted away. Another great day. Many thanks to Lady Bay Revellers.