Another year has gone by and here we are again dancing in Haworth.

It was a very cold day with snow on the ground but we danced the afternoon away with smiles on our faces. Our highlight was dancing our new dance for the first time called “The Shuttle” I hope the spectators enjoyed watching as much as we enjoyed dancing it.

Last but not least thank you Kay and Judith for supplying us with mulled wine and mince pies, very welcoming on a cold winter’s day.

Christmas Lights Switch On, Victoria Hall, Saltaire

Christmas Lights Switch On, Victoria Hall, Saltaire

Sunday, 3 December

We really enjoyed dancing at this event – there was a great atmosphere, with lots of stalls and the bonus of the appearance of the mighty Wurlitzer organ!

We entertained the crowds as they arrived and a highlight of the event for us was the debut performance of our new dance, The Shuttle.  Performed magnificently, I must add!

2017 Christmas Invitations



We’re delighted to once again be invited to dance outside Victoria Hall prior to the turning on of the Saltaire Christmas Lights.  Last year’s event was very enjoyable – very busy and a great atmosphere.  We’re looking forward to it!



We’ve been attending Haworth’s Christmas activities weekends for many years.  We’re looking forward to this dance out very much – always a super event.  As usual, we’ll be dancing around the village before joining the procession from the top to the bottom of Main Street, where we’ll be adding our voices to the carol singing around the Christmas tree.

Day of Dance at Saltaire Festival



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We were delighted to host our Day of Dance on the first Sunday of Saltaire Festival.  Seven guest teams – 400 Roses, Briggate Morris, Fiddle ‘n’ Feet, Flag & Bone Group, Leeds Morris Men, Makara Morris and Yon Lot Cloggers – joined us to dance around the village at spots including the Salt Building, the Mill Yard and Roberts Park.  At the end of the day, all teams congregated on the Saltaire United Reform Church drive for a showcase, a group photo and a mass dance.

Our HQ for the day was Caroline’s Social Club who looked after us really well, providing hot drinks throughout the day (plus alcoholic ones if required!).  Once again our home made tea-time cakes went down very well.

We were extremely lucky that the expected heavy rain held off until it was time to head home.

Special thanks go to Rosey, 400 Roses’ musician who also played for us as our musician was away.  She did a fantastic job.

All in all – a great day.

Yorkshire Day at The Hartshead Social Club


Yorkshire Day at The Hartshead Social Club – Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Yorkshire Day and despite the rain earlier in the day, several of us went to Hartshead Social Club to celebrate.

We were met by a fairly large crowd in the car park and we danced the night away alongside Thieving Magpies and Persephone.

The landlord served very welcoming pork and stuffing batches which went down very nicely.

It was a lovely evening enjoyed by all I’m sure, hope we get invited again next year.

The Cliffe Castle Garden Party, Keighley

The Cliffe Castle Garden Party, Keighley – Sunday, 30 July 2017 

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We were delighted to take be asked to take part in the recent Garden Party at Cliffe Castle.  We kicked off proceedings at the Band Stand stage area with a performance of several of our dances, following which we enjoyed a delicious picnic and welcomed the chance to see The Demon Barbers perform.  As usual, their performance was most entertaining – we’re big fans!  Later in the afternoon, we danced outside the Museum to an enthusiastic crowd.

We very much enjoyed being part of the event and look forward to being invited to return to dance at such a lovely venue.  We were subsequently delighted to learn that a photograph of Rainbow in action was featured in The Keighley News!

An Evening of Dance with Wayzgoose

Tuesday, 25th July 2017 – An Evening of Dance with Wayzgoose

On Tuesday evening we were invited by the Otley based Morris team Wayzgoose to join them for a dance out together outside one of our local pubs – The Hop at Saltaire. This year we were really lucky with the weather and so had quite an audience sitting outside watching.  Wayzgoose are a “border morris ” team, which contrasts well with our North West tradition to give quite a variety of dances.

We really enjoyed the evening, as did our audience if the amount of videos taken on mobiles by pub customers and passerbys is anything to go by!

Good to meet up with old friends in Wayzgoose and have a few drinks.  A good night all round.

Dancing with Oakworth Village Morris Men

Monday evening, 10 July – Ferrands Arms, Bingley

Dancing with Oakworth Village Morris Men 


On Monday 10th July we enjoyed a lovely evening of dance at The Ferrands Arms in Bingley with our friends Oakworth Village Morris Men. This has become an annual event and once again it proved delightful to watch each other and to share dances and music with each other. The small audience enjoyed opportunities to join in, and we took the opportunity to try out our new dance  – the Shuttle – which is looking really good!

We wish our Oakworth friends luck in their recruitment drive, and hope that we’ll share may more dance outs with them.

Fylde Coast Cloggers Day of Dance, St Annes, Lancs 


Saturday, 8 July 2017 

Fylde Coast Cloggers Day of Dance, St Annes, Lancs 

Up early and on the road, off we went to Fylde coast and what a lovely day we all had.  The sun shone the whole time with lots of smiles on people’s faces watching us dance.

At lunchtime we headed for the beach and ate our sandwiches.  One of the biggest decisions of the day was deciding which flavour of ice cream we were going to have to cool us down.

It was a wonderful day and thank you to the ladies for the tea and homemade cakes at the end of the day, they were delicious.




Rainbow enjoyed another great weekend of dance, fun and friendship on the East Coast.  Along with five guest teams – Herring Gals, Leap to Your Feet, Makara Morris, Mucky Mountains Morris and Ragged Robin, we were once again hosted magnificently by Yorkshire Coast Morris.

The weekend began on Friday evening when some of us met up at Scalby Mills Pub to socialise and dance informally with other teams.

On Saturday, we danced at spots including Peasholm Park, the miniature railway and the Sands Development/beach huts.  This year we were treated to a display by the Red Arrows who were performing as part of the Armed Forces Day celebrations – very exciting!  In the evening, we got together in a local church hall, were Yorkshire Coast Morris once again provided an excellent evening meal, which was followed by dancing.

Sunday morning saw us all performing at Scarborough Castle – a wonderful location.  After lunch, all teams performed a Showcase dance at the Harbourside, following which Leap to Your Feet were presented with the Gordon Crowther Memorial Staff.

Following a short procession to the beach, we all danced the Dorset Four Hand Reel before the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne – it’s always quite a sight when dancers form a large circle with musicians standing in the middle.

As always, the weekend concluded with the traditional run into the sea.  Once again, Rainbow, in bloomers, blouses and hats, formed a line and charged down the sands into the sea, which this year was unexpectedly warm (it’s usually freezing)!

The weather was perfect for a weekend of dancing – sunny but not too warm.  Thanks so much to Yorkshire Coast Morris for working so hard to ensure the weekend was a success and for their warmth and friendship.

Friends of Valley Gardens 1940s day


Sunday, 18th June – Friends of Valley Gardens 1940s day

We were invited to dance again at this fabulous event in Harrogate.  The day was hot and sunny, so the gardens were crowded with exhibitors and visitors.  Stylish vintage clothes were on display and for sale, including the cutest mini-morris-hat fascinator.

Temperatures soared, we danced and smiled, and then dashed for shade and ice cream.

Friday, 9 June – Bradford School of Art Degree Summer Show Launch

Roz Doherty invited us to view her exhibition –  a photographic display of Rainbow Morris Dancers members.  Several of us attended and were delighted with it.  Roz had previously taken individual photos of us in our home surroundings.  The visit was rounded off with a trip to the Gin Bar in Sunbridge Wells.  Altogether a very enjoyable evening!

The Airedale Heifer, Riddlesden 3 June 2017

Another wonderful sunny day for this occasion organised by Flagcrackers. Also dancing besides them and Rainbow Morris were Crook Morris, Clogarythm, Fiddle ‘n’ Feet, Buttercross Belles and Persephone.

Three of our dancers also dance with Fiddle and Feet and that day were dancing with them.

For an hour and a half some danced in front of the pub and some behind. The landlady Heather then put on sandwiches and chips for all dancers – no mean feat and very welcome. Another hour of dancing in the same spots took place before we all retired to the back of the pub for show dances.

A great way to spend a summer Saturday!

A busy May weekend

It’s been a busy weekend for Rainbow – running a Workshop and dancing at a Folk Roots Festival.

Saturday, 13 May – Day of Dance, Victoria Hall, Saltaire

Once again, we enjoyed running a workshop for anyone who fancied having a go at morris dancing.  We were delighted that 7 people attended.  We hope they enjoyed learning to dance Shawforth – and the customary outdoor performance at the end of the Workshop, designed to give them an idea of what it’s like to “dance out”.

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Sunday, 14 May – Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival

Hebden Bridge Hill Millies invited us to once again be part of this event, which was most enjoyable.  Hebden Bridge was packed and looking lovely in the Spring sunshine.  An appreciative audience watched us dance with Stone the Crows and the hosts.  Thanks for the beer tokens!

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Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival 14 May 2017

It was a lovely sunny Sunday and a few of us had an adventure travelling to Hebden Bridge on the bus. We enjoyed a look round the market before the dancing began in the market square. A large crowd gathered to watch and seemed to be enjoying all the dancing. We finished our session with Festival Frolic and lots of children and adults joined in. We used our drinks tokens in a bar before recommencing our dancing by the river.

After this session finished four of still had drinks tokens left so we returned to the bar. Someone was playing the guitar so we were persuaded to give a demonstration. We danced Hindley Street in the smallest space imaginable and to a very unusual tune. It was great fun! We finished our adventure by returning home on the bus.

A great day out.



Dancing with Terre Baugeoise, Dudalnieki and Jo Evans 

Rainbow were delighted to host an afternoon of dance and song on and around the Bandstand in Roberts Park.  Terre Baugeoise, a French folk and dance group from Bauge in the Anjou, joined us as part of their Easter tour.  They were in turn hosted by Dudalnieki, a local Latvian folk group.  Completing the line-up was Jo Evans, our very own local champion Lancashire clogger accompanied by musician Chas.

In front of an enthusiastic audience, we sang, danced and played together during an extremely friendly and enjoyable afternoon.

Afterwards we joined Terre Baugeoise and Dudalnieki at the Estonian Club in Bradford where we were invited to partake of a delicious buffet.  We enjoyed joining in Latvian dances and listening to some wonderful French and Latvian songs.

Upon our departure, Rainbow and Jo were presented with gifts by the French group – a lovely terracotta pot and cups for Rainbow and a terracotta candle stick holder for Jo, as well as a book about the group, written in French by one of its members.  She very kindly spoke to us about its contents – a little difficult as she didn’t speak English and we don’t speak French – but we got by!

All in all, an experience to remember.

Clayton Village Primary School May Day Assembly

Friday, 28 April – Clayton Village Primary School May Day Assembly and Parade

Once again Rainbow were delighted to be invited to be part of this lovely event.  We saw the May Queen and May King being crowned by the local MP, listened to a May Day song being sung by the whole school and watched some fantastic dancing by some of the pupils.  Bagpipers played several great Scottish numbers (good job we were in a big hall – there were 3 of them this year!).  We performed a couple of dances, then Judith gave a talk about morris dancing to the whole school.  Two volunteer pupils from each year learned the Festival Frolic, and everyone was shown moves for a processional dance.  This was performed in the park, following a parade through the streets of Clayton.  The pupils were polite and well behaved, and gave us all some sunflower seeds.  We hope to be invited again next year!

Tour de Yorkshire 2017

Tour de Yorkshire – The Bull, West Tanfield, Saturday, 29 May
Along with Clogaire, we had a great day out at the Tour de Yorkshire in West Tanfield. Philip of The Bull was a great host, ensuring we were very well looked after. Thanks for the refreshments in the beautiful riverside garden, including delicious sandwiches and chips at lunch time. Prior to dancing we enjoyed watching the Women’s Race go through the village – very exciting! An enthusiastic audience watched our performances and even joined in, dancing the Festival Frolic with great gusto. There were donkeys, a hot air balloon and a vintage double decker bus – all in all a fantastic event.

Heritage Weekend

Rainbow enjoying an afternoon of dancing with Roll Back the Carpet at the 2017 World Heritage Weekend in Roberts Park, Saltaire.

World Heritage Weekend 2017

Rainbow Morris celebrated World Heritage Weekend 2017 on 23rd April by
dancing in Roberts Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon, along with local
Appellation dancers Roll Back the Carpet, and ClogAire. The Hall Royd
brass band were playing as we arrived, there were alpacas in the park
and croquet on the lawn. The park is always busy at weekends, so there
were lots of people to join in our last dance, the Festival Frolic.
Best of all, the Half Moon Cafe was open once again.

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Coniston Hall Hotel – Private corporate party

Tuesday, 21 March

Coniston Hall Hotel – Private corporate party

A small, but enthusiastic group of dancers and musicians were delighted to provide “drinks reception” entertainment in a lovely hotel in the Yorkshire Dales.  We were smuggled into the venue and, as we began our performance, curtains separating us from the audience were drawn apart and an audience of around 200 were very surprised to see morris dancers in action!  It was almost impossible to hear our musicians as the audience cheered us along, but we somehow managed to complete our performance – to rapturous applause. We were delighted that several members even joined in our audience participation dance, the Festival Frolic.  The hotel looked after us very well, providing much needed refreshments, including delicious biscuits.  We hope we will be invited to return, as we all agreed that we’d had a lovely evening.