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A brief intro to Hurst Morris People


Hurst Morris People, affectionately known as HuMP, are a friendly group of dancers and musicians based in the village of Hurst near Reading in Berkshire.

We're men and women who perform Cotswold morris. That's the one with sticks and hankies.

We practise hard to put on great performances - and make sure we have lots of fun doing both.

In 2019 we celebrated 30 years since we were founded, amid some controversy, in 1989.

Read our story here.


We'd love to meet you!

  • Lots of people come to our free taster sessions at Hurst Village Hall. The taster sessions in 2022 are September 22 and 29, two Thursdays at 8pm at Hurst Village Hall, School Road, Hurst RG10 0DR.

    Let us know if you'd like to come. Just email us at Contact@hump.org.uk and we'll come back to you. We'd love to have a chat with you if you'd like that.

    Musicians and people wishing to have a go at dancing are welcome.

    Musicians able to play fiddle, melodeon, concertina, accordion or recorder are welcome to join the merry band for the taster sessions.

    Tunes are usually in the keys of G and D. The band aims to play from memory by the end of the practice season.

  • Join us at a pub, village fete, folk festival and many other places to see us dance out during the summer.

  • Book us for your event: but try to give us plenty of notice.

  • We perform at old folks' homes, weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, schools and youth groups.


Please contact us via email for further information.

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HuMP's right royal day

by Windsor Castle -

was the Queen watching?






HuMP felt there may have been the flutter of a royal hand from the Windsor Castle tower when they danced just below.

Whatever the case, they had a right royal day at the Datchet Border Morris day of dance.

They joined more than 50 morris dancers and musicians from five other sides to dance at Datchet.

Then it was all aboard the train to Windsor where they danced within sight of the castle for the rest of the day.

Top spot was probably Eton Bridge, with many tourists asking about our ancient custom and posing with us for photos. Thank you Datchet Border, a great day out!

June 18, 2022


Six new members collect

their sticks and hankies







Six new members have each been given the tools of their hobby - a pair of hankies, two long sticks and one short stick.

Five are pictured in the front row with the rest of the side around them. The sixth is above with Squire (Leader) Karen.

Karen said: "I made the presentations to officially mark them joining the side. They've been dancing with us since our 'have a go' sessions in September.

"It's great to have so many enthusiastic new members. Recently they practised Jenny Lind from the Lichfield dance tradition and then performed it to the rest of the side.

"It was an excellent first performance."

New recruit Rich said: "They're a friendly bunch of people who have made me feel very welcome. It's fun and a good workout."

Jules said: "We always like to try something different. It just appealed to us because it's something very different." Anthony said: "We're enjoying learning how to morris dance with such a friendly group of people."


At long last, we were dancing

for real and together!



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What a joy it was to be practising for real with our fellow dancers and musicians.

After more than a year of lockdowns and other Covid rules we were delighted to be allowed to stop remote practices.

Zoom did a good job keeping us in touch.

And our teaching team and musicians did marvels keeping dances fresh in our minds, as we tried to avoid furniture in our homes.

But when the rules allowed, and thanks to St Nicholas Primary School, we revelled in practising on the huge area of the pupils' playground. See us in action above.



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Hurst Morris People:
Entrance Exam



Do you enjoy socialising with friends?

Do you like going to pubs or areas you haven't been to before?

Do you think England's old customs are worth keeping alive?

Do you like listening to music? Or watching traditional dancing?

CONGRATS!! If you've answered
YES to two or more of the questions above, then you're potentially a born HuMP morris dancer or musician!

Come to our free and friendly taster sessions. HuMP members are men and women just like you, from all backgrounds and age groups. Few of us had danced before.

Discover if HuMP is for you. Warm welcome, tea, cake and pub visit guaranteed!

It's so great to be out dancing again - see our programme