Kirtlington Village Fete

Entry is by programme at a cost of £1 with a chance of winning the lucky programme prize of £50. Children undergoing education enter free!

Our main aim at the annual village fete is for villagers and visitors to have a fun day out, but we also hope to raise lots of money that we can then distribute amongst our village organisations.  If your organisation or club could do with a boost to its funds this year, please drop the Village Fete Committee an email with your request by the end of May.

Every year we rely on the generosity of villagers and local businesses for contributions to the Grand Prize Draw and the Silent Auction lots, which are our biggest money earners.  Anyone with donations or suggestions of who we may approach, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The number of stalls in the hall and on the field offering a variety of shopping and entertainment experiences grows each year, and if you would like to hire a space, Liz would love to hear from you.

Dance around Kirtlington Village

With this year’s Lamb Ale cancelled due to the lockdown, we are hoping to assemble a small team of 6 dancers plus a socially distanced musician in order to perform a token dance on what would have been lamb Ale weekend.

All will be within current guidelines for outdoor gatherings, and is subject to change according to Government guidelines in force at the time.

Danceout at The Nut Tree, Murcott with guests Wychwayz

Join us at the Nut Tree, Murcott for a summer dance-out from Kirtlington Morris, and their guests, Wychwayz Morris from Charlbury!

Kirtlington Lamb Ale and Morris Festival 2019

Dance out at Seacourt Arms, Botley as guests of Cry Havoc

KMM Danceout at Fox & Hounds, Ardley

Kirtlington Morris will be dancing at the Fox & Hounds in Ardley on 22nd May 2018

Come along and watch!

Kirtlington Lamb Ale and Morris Festival 2018

The 2018 Lamb Ale Morris Festival will be held over the weekend of  1st-3rd June 2018

Festival History

One of the ancient Whitsun Ales, the Lamb Ale can be traced back to the early 1600’s, and took the form of a village festival and feast.

Lamb Ale is held on the weekend of Trinity Sunday, which is 56 days after Easter Sunday.

… the custom is, that on Monday after Whitsun week, there is a fat live lamb provided, and the maids of the town, having their thumbs tied behind them, run after it, and she that with her mouth takes and holds the lamb is declared `Lady of the Lamb’ … attended with music and a Morisco dance of men, and another of women, where the rest of the day is spent in dancing, mirth and merry glee.” (Blount, 1679)

It is recorded that in 1732 Sir George Dashwood, of Kirtlington Park, paid “five shillings to Kertling Morris” at the annual feast, which still takes place on Trinity Monday, following the Morris Festival.

Morris dancers were always closely associated with the festivities. When Kirtlington Morris was revived in 1979, based on Cecil Sharp’s notes from early this century, it was fitting that they join with the village to help recreate the atmosphere of the Lamb Ale as it once was, with as many as twenty or more morris sides gathered together in celebration, if not in the rivalry and competition, of the earlier days.

Ardley Beer Festival

Horse & Groom Caulcott: Bastille Day & Beer Festival

Crown Charlton on Otmoor (8pm) & Nut Tree Murcot (8:45pm) with Charlbury Morris