5 Tickets, Behaviour and Stuff

Ticket Policy

Our ceilidhs are run not for profit but we aim to break even; we have pitched the ticket price to do so at about 40 tickets sold (more or less matching our average over the last 36 dances).  Depending on the cost to us of band and caller we may in fact need more or fewer sales than this and we look at the picture for the year rather than at profit/loss for individual dances.

Current ticket prices are:  Adults (in advance) £8.00.    Adults (on the door) £9.00.  Sixteen and under £4.00.

From January 1st 2020, ticket prices will be: Adults (in advance) £9.00. Adults (on the door) £10.00. Six to sixteen years £4.50.

Tickets are sold subject to the terms and conditions detailed below.

Advance Bookings

Currently, tickets bought or reserved in advance are slightly cheaper, but we reserve the right to discontinue this concession at any time. Tickets must be booked by 5pm on the day of the dance (that is, 2 1/2 hours before start time). Whilst advance bookings are at a cost to us, they are preferred since they give us warning of possible very low attendance due to unforseen factors.


To book, phone us on:   Tel 01308 423 442

Or, email to:   monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

Calls and emails can usually be taken up to about 5pm on the day of dance.

It is preferred that pre-booked tickets are collected no later than 15 minutes after start time, unless by prior arrangement; this becomes particularly important if we are expecting a ‘Full House’, since non-attendees could otherwise prevent possible door sales to walk-up attendees.

We reserve the right to refuse to accept pre-bookings from individuals who make a habit of not showing up.

Advance Sales

To buy tickets in advance go to

The Music Shop, South Street, Bridport.  Tickets will usually be available up to about 4pm on the day of the dance.

We are unable to offer refunds for pre-sold tickets except in exceptional circumstances, for which application should be made in person or via email.

To pay on line:

Nationwide Bank.   Payee: M F Crook

Sort Code: 07-01-16        Acc No: 12077517

Reference:                                your surname  / ‘x’ tickets  / Month  – day

Format is                       _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _  / _ _ _ – _    (18 characters max., so abbreviate name if needed).

eg  J Winterbottom, 2 tickets for March 5th would be:                 WINTERBOTT /  2  / MAR – 5

  • If wishing to pay on line it is essential that you advise us by phone or email (details above) of your name, number of tickets required and dance date; also please make the transaction by 1pm on the day of the dance (but preferably earlier) so that we can be sure of picking up the message, confirming the payment and reserving your ticket(s).

Door Sales

Tickets will also usually be available at the door, but to allow good space for dancing, ‘House Full’ signs will go up when we have about 64 dancers.


Tickets for children (6 – 16 and years) are pitched at about half price; all children under 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. It is not our policy to dictate at what age children are admitted but parents should be aware that these are almost always night-time events involving often vigorous dancing, and they should make appropriate decisions for themselves and their children. We do reserve the right to ask that children be removed if it is felt that they are behaving in such a way as to become a danger to themselves or others.


Group ticket discounts are available to individuals wanting to buy tickets for, say, the whole year, or for a group planning to come to one event. The level of discount depends on the number of tickets bought; please contact us for more details.


We regret we are not currently able to give any other concessions, for example to seniors or the un-waged.

Programme Alterations and Cancellation

We will do our best to deliver any programme as advertised, but reserve the right to substitute alternative band/band members or caller if circumstances so dictate with no obligation to offer any refund on tickets sold.

In the event of cancellation – which will be announced at least on this website, on Facebook and by email – pre-sold tickets may be used at a subsequent event or a full refund will be offered.

Raffles/Lucky draws

We do not run a raffle, unlike at some other clubs/dances – we tend to see it as a ‘tax’ on dancers (admittedly, an ‘opt-in’ one!) so we prefer just a straight ticket price. Also, we think raffles get in the way of dancing!

We have however in the past offered a quick ‘lucky ticket number’ draw to win entry to a later dance; this has been suspended for a while in view of some drop in numbers and hence increased losses. It will be kept under review.

We do every two months run a quick draw, applicable to club members of and for The Friends of Halsway Manor 200 Club.

Norms of Behaviour

Our dances are held for the pleasure and fun of all attending  and are expected to be free from any sort of trouble, disturbance, or physical/sexual harrassment (for goodness sake, we are folk dancers!).  We therefore reserve the right to refuse to admit, or ask to leave,  anyone whose behaviour or expected behaviour causes concern, for example due to unsuitable attire; (suspected or actual)  misuse of drink or drugs; violent, abusive or inappropriate actions, etc.

If need be, we will stop the dancing to request any such  individual(s) causing offence to leave and will call the police if we have to.

In the event of having to take such action, the individual(s) concerned will be banned from return and from attending any of our future events.

To be clear, if any individual behaves in a socially unacceptable manner which is likely to affect the enjoyment of other persons at the event they will be asked to leave;  if any individual has behaved previously in such a manner we reserve the right to refuse entry.
Regretably, we have had complaints in the past, specifically about inappropriate behavior by two men, who had both been spoken to previously about their actions. We urge anyone who is made to feel uncomfortable in this way to let us know immediately so that we can do whatever seems necessary.
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