Kit – from beginning to 2020-21

The Beginning

At the first practice, we had group practice hankies.

At our first dance-out in September 2017, we all wore white shirts, black trousers, and black shoes.


By ICBINI our kit included baldrics made of wide twill tape, and yellow socks. We also had individual dance-out hankies, made of nicer material than the practice hankies.

The baldrics were sewn at ICBINI, and hat ribbon was measured and sewn on. At this event we learnt that string to hold one’s hat on is an excellent idea.

Academic year 2018-19

By this point we had wider baldrics made of fabric.

Individual kit consisted of white shirts, black britches, black shoes, yellow socks (provided by the society), and group kit had bells, baldrics, hankies, hair ribbons, and arm ribbons.

Both practice hankies and dance-out hankies are now group kit, many members have their own practice hankies made themselves from colourful material.

The beginnings of our Rapper team in Autumn 2018

Both for aesthetics, and accessibility for some members, it was decided that the Rapper kit should use black short-sleeved t-shirts instead of the long-sleeved white shirts used for Cotswold. Sashes were made of the same fabric as the baldrics of the time.

Academic year 2019-20

A dance-out immediately preceding term was a day long dance-out (Sowerby Rushbearing), with lots of switching between Cotswold and Rapper. A decision was made for the event to do the Rapper in white shirts, and simply swap baldrics and sashes, and shoes for those with separate shoes for the different styles. By the next Rapper dance-out, all the members of the Rapper team were happier without swapping, and the decision was made for all subsequent Rapper to be done in white shirts.

By this point we’ve had a couple of members wear different but thematic kit for accessibility reasons. This has included yellow leggings instead of socks, and a couple of styles of skirt.

In a cafe after a dance-out in spring, it was mentioned that winter is rather cold, and the decision was made to acquire yellow leggings as an alternative to socks for cold days, and for those who found the socks uncomfortable. Unfortunately they did not arrive before lockdown, and have not been tested.

“Our Kit” 20-21

A copy of Our Kit, copied 17th February 2021.

Our Kit

For all our Morris styles we have kit inspired by traditional costume. We have a standard version but are totally fine with people adapting it if they need to. Have a look through our photos and videos to see the variety we have within the aesthetic.

Kit the society brings to events

  • Sticks
  • Swords
  • Hankies
  • Baldrics
  • Sashes
  • Hair and arm ribbons
  • Leggings

Kit we give to you

  • Yellow socks
  • Ribbon for hats

Kit you have to buy

Note: some of these you may be able to borrow or otherwise find through the society

  • White shirt
  • Black trousers
    • We will help you adjust your black trousers into britches
  • Black shoes
  • Straw hat (optional)

What to wear at practices

  • Clothes you are comfortable dancing in
  • Shoes suitable for dancing in
    • For Rapper, hard soled shoes are better, but you can manage without
  • Some members have practice hankies that they’ve made themselves. This isn’t a requirement, it’s just something a few of us like to do.

Group kit provided at practices

  • Hankies
  • Sticks
  • Swords

Dance-out list 2019-2020

EventDateLocationWho with?
Activities FairSU
CeilidhSoc interval spotThe Edge
ICBINI 2019 Morris tourYorkOther teams at ICBINI
Christmas Dance-outDecember 2019Interval/Uni Arms
Lecturer strikesAround campus
IVFDF 2020 Morris tourFebruary 2020NottinghamOther teams at IVFDF
Ossett Beercart – Mass CelebrationVirtualWakefield Morris and others

Post links

IVFDF 2020

After two IVFDF displayleidhs and two ICBINI morris tours, we finally attended an IVFDF morris tour, and ran a workshop as well! The theme of our workshop was adapting Cotswold Morris dances and we’re definitely stealing some of the new figure variations the workshop members invented. The mascots met many friends: And despite some worries … Continue reading “IVFDF 2020”

Dance-out list 2017-2018

DateDateLocationWho with?
Activities FairSeptember 2017SU
CeilidhSoc interval spotAutumn 2017The Edge
ICBINI 2017 Morris tourNovember 2017BristolOther teams at ICBINI
IVFDF 2018 Display CeilidhFebruary 2018Sheffield
Sound and FuryJune 2018Kelham Island TavernOther Sheffield teams plus Sound and Fury Morris
Littleborough RushbearingJuly 2018LittleboroughOther teams there