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Welcome to the Home Page of Berkshire Bedlam!



BB - still rated amongst the top 99% of all Morris sides in the country.....


Who are we ?


Berkshire Bedlam, a renowned men's Cotswold Morris dance team from Wokingham in Berkshire, were formed in 1977, and perform a wide range of dances. While some are based on the legendary Leafield dances of Oxfordshire, the majority of today's repertoire is original compositions put together in recent years. Whatever the dance, BB's aim is to perform with gusto and spirit, and to present spectacular and original performances. Do we succeed? - come and see us to find out!
You can find out lots more about us through this site including something of our history, and a guide to the dances in our past and present repertoire. There are old and recent pictures of the side in our gallery section, latest news of events, a guide to our media appearances, and you can even find out what happens at a Berkshire Bedlam Bunfight.
New dancers are always welcome at any of our weekly practices whether an experienced dancer or a novice, and we can provide full tuition for anyone keen to have a go - contact details at the bottom of the page!

Recent and Future Happenings ....

Looking forward to the 2020 season - when it starts!

Like all morris teams, we're in limbo at the moment due of course to the coronavirus outbreak, and reduced to practices via Zoom! We're hoping to be able to carry on with a full programme of events later in 2020, but for the time being all our scheduled events are on hold. Instead we can reflect on our fabulous 2019 season, including our annual Dorset Tour in July, Whitby Folk Week in August, Wallingford Bunkfest in September and a host of other great events throughout the year, not least our annual Bunfight and Christmas season. Hope to see you at one of our dance outs before too long!! 


2019 Bunfight Ceilidh - thanks for coming!


Thanks to everyone who came to our 2019 Bunfight ceilidh on Saturday 23rd November, with it's theme of 'Bunfight on Broadway'. Another great evening - huge thanks to the fabulous Diatonics with caller Nick Walden for the music and dances! Great costumes on show again too (plus some which might have been better censored), and a show spot of 'A Chorus Line' - not so much West End, more East Berks, but great fun. We hope to be doing it all over again on Saturday 28th November 2020, once again with the fabulous Diatonics and theme of 'Monty Python's Flying Bunfight' - tickets on sale in September!

2017 Sidmouth - Will's jigs rocked!

2017's John Gasson jig competition at Sidmouth proved to be the year of Will. A fantastic jig in Hammersmith colours with excellent accompaniment by Jim Sawyer saw them run away with first place in the solo jig competition - as well as John's Mum's special prize for the jig she enjoyed most. And shortly after that, dancing with Kynan Parker-Roth, and accompanied by our own Jerry, all in fetching bandanas, the 3 of them won the double jig competition. Go Will!

Downton Morris ...
Anyone wonder who the mystery morris team was briefly featured in the BBC Christmas Day's Downton Abbey of a while back?


Yes, it was some of BB who just happened to be in the Downton area on the day of filming, and stopped by to liven up the country fair using some borrowed togs. For added authenticity, some of the young chaps had a short back and sides first, which they thought was just spiffing...


Latest Media News !!

Yes, you can now have a little BB at home with you by ordering one of our DVDs - see the MEDIA PAGE for details, and also links to our various media appearances in print, in pop videos, on TV, and on YouTube! 


Contact Us / Join Us / Book Us


We're always delighted to welcome new members. Although practices are temporarily suspended for obvious reasons, we normally practice on Thursday evenings at the Scout Hut in Evendons Lane, Wokingham, RG41 4DX
(click here for map) and dance out at festivals, pubs and other events throughout the summer. If you would like to come to any of our practice evenings to try it for yourself, you will be very welcome, especially for our September and October practice evenings aimed at beginners and improvers (though maybe phone or drop us an email first to check what we are doing!) - we may also run occasional weekend practices for those who can't make a Thursday evening. If you would like to find out more about us, or check if we may be available for a particular event, our contact details are:

Main contact & Webmaster
- Malcolm Major - Tel 07715 294568, or e-mail malcolm at berkshirebedlam dot org
You can also contact the following :

Foreman - Jameson Wooders ( j.d.wooders at gmail dot com)
Squire - David Steptoe ( dsteptoe at outlook dot com)
Publicity - Florent Crepineau (florentcrepineau at yahoo dot fr)

And finally, if
you would like to find out more about other Morris sides, or Morris dancing in general, try these links :
Morris Side Finder : a UK wide guide to find teams in all parts of the country
Wikipedia's Morris Dance Page : a good explanation of the origins, history, terminology and different styles of morris

and remember .... never rains on Berkshire Bedlam 


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