Scores of thundering clogs, along with the unmissable sounds of the squeezebox and fiddle, will echo through the streets of Lincoln this weekend.
Saturday, September 5 sees the return of the Lincoln BIG Morris Festival, when 21 sides from all over the region will be entertaining shoppers and visitors with some fabulous footwork and traditional songs.
People can catch a slice of action wherever they are in the city, from Lincoln High Street to Bailgate, and enjoy watching the colourful dancing and tapping their toes to the music.
The Festival will feature all types of Morris dancing, from Border to Cotswold, Northwest, Longsword, Rapper, Molly and Clog.
Organiser Diane Booth said: “There will be performances in Lincoln City Centre and uphill Lincoln between 10.30am and 12.45pm and in uphill Lincoln between 2pm and 3pm.
Dancing is taking place outside the Royal William IV pub (Brayford Wharf North), in City Square, in St Benedict’s Square (off High Street), outside The Works (High Street), outside the Lion & Snake pub (Bailgate), in St Paul’s Yard (Westgate), outside The Victoria pub (Union Road) and outside the Museum of Lincolnshire Life (Burton Road).
“At 12.30pm there will be folk singing at The Strugglers, in Westgate, which will be hosted by the Grimsby Morris Men. At the same time, Liam Robinson will be hosting shanty singing at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.”
People who want a break from listening to the human voice, are invited to go along to a music session at The Victoria pub in Union Road.
From 2pm to 3pm, Morris dancers will be performing in Minster Yard (near Lincoln Cathedral), outside the Lion & Snake pub (Bailgate), outside The Victoria Pub (Union Road) and inside and outside of the Museum of Lincolnshire Life (Burton Road).
Between 3pm and 4pm, there will be an unmissable massed display of dancing in Minster Yard (outside the West Front of the Cathedral) – which is a traditional feature of the Festival.
People itching to have a go themselves, will be delighted to know that the day will be rounded off with a Grand Ceilidh, with accompanying music from the Liam Robinson Dance Band.
It takes place at Westgate School, in Westgate, Lincoln, starting at 7.30pm and finishing at about 11pm. Tickets (available at the door) cost £5. People need to take along their own drinks.
Lincoln BIG Events & Promotions Manager Michael Armstrong said: “The Morris Festival is another of our most popular events. It is great to welcome so many different groups to the city and to see so many shoppers and visitors stopping to enjoy their displays.”