26. Morris Dancing
If you are fascinated by the history and culture of the Cotswolds, one fantastic reason to visit Broadway is to indulge in the traditions of Morris dancing.
The Morris dance is a traditional form of English folk dance dating as far back as the 15th Century. It is based on rhythmic stepping, typically accompanied by music, and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers. Instruments such as sticks, swords and handkerchiefs are also commonly used by the dancers.
There are six predominant styles of Morris Dancing and each style varies in tradition. The Cotswold Morris is the most widespread style and how most people would imagine the Morris dance. Cotswold Morris, originating from Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, is traditionally danced with handkerchiefs and sticks which accompany the dancer’s hand movements. The dance is usually performed in sets of six or eight dancers, who wear bell pads on their shins.
If you enjoy this time-honoured tradition, Broadway welcomes Morris dancing each year and has become a great day out for the whole family.