Rag Morris and Folk Club

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Welcome and congratulations to everyone new to Bristol! We really hope to meet you soon (but if we don't, good luck nonetheless!)

Being a group of multi-tasking and organised whatsits, our society offers two different experiences, especially for you... You can join Rag Morris for all your magical Morris dancing needs, or Folk Club for our warm and rousing sessions, or both so you're sure not to miss out! It's all completely free, so as far as we see it, you might as well.


Bristol Rag Morris is the university’s very own Morris dancing side, celebrating our 35th birthday this year! – complete with cacophonous bells, ragged costumes and rubber chickens. Dedicated to keeping tradition alive and almost in fashion (we can certainly turn a few heads). If you’ve ever fancied throwing dignity to the winds and just jumping, dancing or hitting things with a stick then we may be the society for you. Love of folk music, physical co-ordination and experience are all largely unnecessary – we teach our repertoire of dances from scratch every year, beginners are welcome at any point, and supportiveness and fun are at the top of our priorities. We perform to live music all across the country, as well as at a plethora of pubs, fayres and festivals closer to home. Spare costumes, hankies, sticks, bells and a mildly alarming hobby horse are all provided; good sports shoes are strongly advised.

This term practice is on Thursday evenings, at 9-11pm in the Gromit Room (in the Student Union building on Queen's Road). If you want to try us out but missed our Give it a Go session, why not come along to our first practice of term? Go on, we know it's weird (that's half the fun!) but isn't it worth turning up just so you can tell your friends? We're a very welcoming bunch and we'd love to see you there. This is the kind of society that makes you friends for life.



If you're a ready-made folkie or find yourself enchanted by that infamous gentle elegance of the squeezebox, Bristol University Folk Club is here for you. We run relaxed and social sessions every Monday at 9pm in the Coach and Horses (at the top of Whiteladies Road) where musicians, singers and listeners of any standard or style are very welcome. Sign up and we'll also let you know about anything awesome we see going on in Bristol - there's a fantastic folk scene here but it can be easy to miss if you're not careful. Of course with our patented (*not really patented) folk dispatches you need never miss another ceilidh, concert or beautiful storytelling night. The club has even been known to conjure up a ceilidh or two of our own which, not to blow our own bagpipes, have been spectacular. Look out for our Fantasy Ceilidh with Tolkien Soc some time this term!

If you’ve never thought to try folk music or Morris dancing before, don’t be put off! We’re one of Bristol’s most colourful societies and you won’t regret meeting us.

Terms and Conditions

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Membership Fee Inclusions


Prior to signing up to a Club or Society speak to the Committee to find out what your membership includes and if there are any further expenses throughout the year.


Service Standards


All Club or Society members can expect to receive:


  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.
  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).
  • For Sports Club – to attend regular training sessions and have the opportunity to be selected for the teams.


Code of Conduct


When joining a club or society you are agreeing to abide by the constitution, general rules, regulations and policies of University of Bristol Students’ Union and also the Club or Society Code of Conduct which sets out the level of behaviour & discipline expected of all Club & Society members.


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Refund Policy


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Data sharing (Sports Club members only)


Please be aware that Bristol SU may share data relating to the members of its sports clubs with the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health (a department of the University).  This information may be used for the purposes of communicating direct with these members and/or to cross-reference against SEH's Sports Pass membership records.


As part of Bristol SU's membership of British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Bristol SU may have to share data on to its sports clubs members so BUCS can, from time to time, communicate with these members. 


Data sharing (Societies members only)


If you're joining one of the societies listed below please be aware that your name and email address will be shared with Bristol Hub for the purpose of keeping you up to date with their activities through their email “The Week”:

AIESEC Bristol, AMICUS Bristol, Anti-Slavery Society, Bristol Feminists, Bristol Friends of MSF, Bristol Marrow, Bristol Social Enterprise Society, Bristol Student Action for Refugees, Bristol University Amnesty International, Conservation Group, Bristol University Oxfam Group, Bristol University Sustainability Team, Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad, Engineers Without Borders, Howard League for Penal Reform Student Society, International Affairs Society, Medsin Bristol, Model United Nations, and Vegetarian and Vegan Society.


For more information on Bristol Hub visit: http://www.bristolhub.org.


If you do not want your details shared with the Hub please email: bristolsu@bristol.ac.uk.

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