Events

Jun
9
Fri
Kirtlington Lamb Ale Morris Festival 2017 @ Kirtlington Village
Jun 9 – Jun 11 all-day

FRIDAY :
Campsite open Evening together session at the Rock of – Get Gibraltar, Enslow

SATURDAY
Assemble at Dashwood Arms 10:30 Kirtlington Morris dance in the village with guests [TBD].
Dance & lunch at Rock of Gibraltar, 12:00 Morris tour to Blenheim Palace and Woodstock

Evening
Lamb Roast (£3.00)

Barn Dance in Village Hall, with [TBD], caller [TBD] (£8). Bar & raffle. Open to all. Tickets on the door or in advance from Kirtlington Stores

SUNDAY:

MORRIS EVENTS: Morris sides assemble north of the 9:45 village

10:00 Procession to Church
10:45  Lamb Ale Service
11:30  Procession from Church to theSchool
12:00 Kirtlington Morris and Kirtlington  Maids dance at school
Dance Displays at School, Village Hall,  Dashwood Arms and Oxford Arms
3:00 All guest sides dance at School

OTHER EVENTS:
Breakfast at Village Hall
Refreshments, Bar, Kirtlington Morris Archive Exhibition in Village Hall
Refreshments, Bar, Raffle at School

Jun
21
Wed
Kirtlington Morris Danceout with Stanton Harcourt at Bablock Hythe @ The Ferryman Inn
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Jul
2
Sun
Adderbury (guests of Adderbury with Minnesota Traditional Morris) @ Adderbury
Jul 2 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jul
11
Tue
Crown Charlton on Otmoor (8pm) & Nut Tree Murcot (8:45pm) with Charlbury Morris @ Crown Charlton on Otmoor & Nut Tree Murcot
Jul 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Jul
16
Sun
Horse & Groom Caulcott: Bastille Day & Beer Festival @ Horse and Groom, Caulcott
Jul 16 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Sep
2
Sat
Ardley Beer Festival @ Ardley with Fewcott Village Hall
Sep 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
May
1
Tue
May Day Danceout: Kirtlington Village and the Rock of Gibraltar @ Kirtlington Village
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Approximate timings:
Oxford Arms 7.30 pm
Dashwood Arms 8.00 pm
Rock of Gibraltar 8.30 pm
May
22
Tue
KMM Danceout at Fox & Hounds, Ardley @ Fox & Hounds
May 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Come along and watch!

Jun
2
Sat
Kirtlington Lamb Ale and Morris Festival 2018 @ Kirtlington
Jun 2 @ 10:21 pm – Jun 3 @ 11:21 pm

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.

Jun
12
Tue
Dance out at Seacourt Arms, Botley as guests of Cry Havoc @ Seacourt Arms
Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm