8 Links to Clubs/Organisers in the Area

Local Dances and Clubs;

NOTE: always check with the organisers that listings for clubs/dances/venues are still correct !! 

Barwick Folk Dance Club   (near Yeovil, within 15 mile radius of Bridport)  

Pavitt Hall, Church Lane, Barwick, Yeovil BA22 9TE

1st, 3rd & 5th Fridays  7:30pm

Call for info  01935 47277

Bridport Folk Dancing Club

Meets every Monday evening, 7.30 – 9.30 pm, WI Hall, North Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JQ

Enjoy folk dancing mainly in the English tradition from Playford-style to modern-day compositions at Bridport’s long-established weekly club, with guest and club callers, recorded music and occasional live bands.

For info call Jane on 01308 898 002 or Monty on 01308 423 442.

Bournemouth Westhill Folk Dance Club      (within 40 mile radius of Brdiprt)

Website:    http://www.bournemouthfolkdanceclub.co.uk

Annunciation Church Hall, 218 Charminster Rd, Charminster, Bournemouth  BH8 9RW.

Mondays 7:30pm

Chard Folk Dance Club    (at about 15 mile radius from Bridport) 

Chard Folk Dance Club meets alternate Thursday evenings, 8pm, at the Village Hall., Underway, Combe St Nicholas TA20 3NY    Live music every week from excellent local musicians and expert callers. The Village Hall is opposite Broadwell Close and near the junction of Underway with Frog Lane and Whiteway.   Parking on the road.

For more information call 01460 261 241

or email:          christine AT johna.globalnet.co.uk

Chilthorne Domer & Yeovil Folk Dance Club       (within 20 mile radius of Bridport)

Village Hall, Broadway Main St, Chilthorne Domer, Yeovil BA22 8RD

4th Thursdays, 8.00pm
Call for info  01935 479 291

Combe Raleigh Dancing      (about 23 miles, 35 minutes,  from Bridport)

These first Wednesday of the month dances at Combe Raleigh have closed, but have been taken over by Gittisham Folk Dance Club and are now held in Honiton.

Doorstep Dances

These dances appear to have lapsed – no entry on website since 2013

…combine Matt Norman (fiddle) and Jenny Read (caller) to create intimate, friendly, unamplified ceilidhs, run throughout the area.  No partner needed.  Fun and friendliness guaranteed!

TICKETS:  07759 215438   music-dance@hotmail.co.uk

Website:    www/doorstepdances.co.uk

Exeter – Contra

A relatively new venture to get contra dance going in Exeter, by local caller Jeremy Child.

St Katherine’s Priory, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 7JY   (37 miles from Bridport)

Friday evenings – 2nd Friday of the month

website: http://barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.htm

Gittisham Folk Dance Club           (near Honiton)      (within 25 mile radius of Bridport)

Website:           Gittisham Folk Dance Club

Every Wednesday (except the 1st) of the month, 8 – 10.30 pm at  The Village Hall, Gittisham, Devon EX14 3AF. A very active club which usually has live music.

First Wednesday dances are now being held at the Mackarnees Hall in Honiton, for a trial period, with live music and club callers.

Email to :  gittishamfolkdanceclub@outlook.com       or Call 01884 33 571 or 01404 813 129 for info.

Great Western Ceilidhs  (Exeter)        (within 35 mile radius of Bridport)

Website:              www.great-western.org.uk/ceilidhs 

Dances are now on a reduced schedule, call or email for info. Held at BowhillSchool, Buddle Lane, Exeter, EX4 1JT

Email:             ceilidhs AT great-western.org.uk

Phone 01392 217 152

Halsway Manor Society Ltd      (Crowcombe, Somerset)   (about 47 miles, 1h 15m from Bridport)

This splendid manor is a unique national residential Folk Centre for music, dance and song, set on the southern slopes of the Quantocks.  Many events and folk dances/courses take place there during the year.

Website: www.halswaymanor.org.uk

Honiton Folk Dance Club            THIS CLUB IS NOW CLOSED !!

Kimmeridge Keilidhs                                           (within 30 mile radius of Bridport)

Website:               www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm

Monthly ‘English’ Ceilidhs at The Village Hall, Kimmeridge, Dorset BU20 5PE, on 2nd Fridays, 7.30-10pm, featuring live music from Arish Mel.

Call 01929 480 737 to confirm next dance, or contact arish.mel AT btinternet.com

Maiden Newton – Village Hall    (about 12 miles from Bridport)

Dances are organised by Colin and Ruth Thompson who should be contacted for details and dates: 01300 321 306, or email: fiddler@casterbridge.net

Over Stratton Folk Dance Club        (midway Ilminster & Yeovil, within 15 mile radius of Bridport)

Website:              www.overstrattonfolkdanceclub.co.uk

Meets at the village hall at 8pm on alternate Wednesday evenings, featuring good live music with a guest or in-house caller.   The Village Hall, Over Stratton, Somerset, is just off the A303 South Petherton Hayes End roundabout on the old Ilminster road.  Nearest Postcode: TA13 5LN.

Google Map (but, this link will throw you out of this site!): http://tinyurl.com/5rl33sl

Call for info:  01935 424927

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club       (about 43 miles, 1h,. from Bridport)

Meets at the Portman Hall, Blandford Road, Shillingstone on (mostly) first Fridays of the month.

For details ring: 01258 861 184

Sidford Folk Dance Club                                 (within 25 mile radius of Bridport)

Barn dances, mainly with live music, at 8 – 10.30pm every 1st Tuesday from September – May at Sidford Social Hall, Byes Lane, Sidford, Devon EX10 9QX

Call Helen on 01395 514 161 for info.

Phoenix Folk Dance Club      (Weymouth)                 (within 20 mile radius of Bridport)

St. Augustine Catholic Church (hall at rear), 38 Dorchester Rd, Weymouth, DT4 7JZ

Mondays 7.45pm

Call for info 01305 773 147

White Stag Folk Ceilidhs      (Chetnole, near Yeovil)       (within 15 mile radius of Bridport)

These dances have now closed.

Website:          www.whitestagfolk.co.uk

Friday night ceilidhs at 8pm in the Village Hall, Deep Ford Lane,  Chetnole, Dorset. Hall is next door to the Chetnole Inn and across the road from St Peter’s Church (set your satnavs to DT9 6NU).

For info on next ceilidh, call 01258 817963

Willand Folk Dance Club     (near Cullompton)    (within 30 mile radius of Bridport)

Website:          www.willandfolkdanceclub.co.uk

Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays September to June at 8 – 10.30pm, with dancing to live music.

Also, monthly Saturday dances 8 – 11.30pm September – July, plus New Year’s Eve dance.

At Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Devon, EX15 2PL

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