Wiltshire Folk Arts

Contact Us :

Wiltshire Folk Arts
19 Whistley Road, Potterne, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 5QY
info@wiltshirefolkarts .org.uk
Office: 01380 726597
Bob : 07714 550990


Wiltshire Folk Association

There is also a great link to Wiltshirefolkdance website which will have their latest details in.Here you will find contacts to many of the dance groups and events that are happening in the county and beyond. (Thanks to Doug, Ann, Geoff & Meg.)

Please contact us if your side's details are missing or incorrect - or if you don't wish them to appear.


Tinker's Bag
Dance and Ceilidh.

There are similarities between both of these types of Dance but some explanation may help to determine what you are looking for.

What is "Social Dance" ?

Itís a general term that covers a wide variety of dancing styles. We like the term "social" because it generally describes the people who participate in this style of dance very well - they really are a sociable lot!
Here are a few types of dance that can be found at just about any of the listed clubs: English Country Dances, Playford, Fallibroome, Apted, Hornpipes, Jigs, Reels, Polkas, Waltzes, Strathspeys, American, Square Dances, Contra Dances, Patter Calls, Singing Calls, Scandinavian, Eastern European, Israeli, Irish, Scottish, Welsh ... and that's just a few.
The "Social" dance scene in Wiltshire is widespread across the county with a large number of people attending clubs, and events every week throughout the year. These clubs can be found in the lists below.

Social Dance, as we call it, was superbly represented by the former Wiltshuire Folk Association that also produced a quarterly diary listing which kept members and interested parties informed. This news and diary item will be continued under the watchful eye andof Doug May and Geoff Elwell and reproduced and disseminated as usual.

We will produce this too in our web pages and assist in our listings as much as possible.Please check on club news, artists pages and this page regularly for updates



This is "Social" dance with attitude and a fair bit more energetic to boot !
The word Ceilidh is defined in the dictionary as "Cei+lidh ('keili) n (esp. in Scotland & Ireland) an informal gathering of Folk music, singing, dancing and storytelling. [C19 from Gaelic]". But things have moved on a bit since those days and a Ceilidh is now more of a very upbeat series of dances with a band with at least one set of drums and a good smattering of electronic instruments. Not for the weak & feeble this one but great fun to join in or even watch. Some Wiltshire based ceilidh bands can be found in our performers section.

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Dance clubs (last updated 17th August 2009)
Devizes & Calne
Devizes Dance Club
Scout Hall, Southbroom Road
every Monday

Brian Lyons

01380 721313

Shrewton Methodist Hall every Monday Mrs B Matthews
01980 620522
Chippenham & Malmesbury
Chippenham United Reformed Church Hall 1st & 3rd Tuesdays

David Spink

01249 446244

Marshfield   2nd & 4th Tuesdays Aurea Hart
01225 891453

Swindon & Wootton Bassett

Wroughton Infants School every Wednesday

Francis Hobbs

01793 812282

Marlborough & Pewsey

Marlborough Scottish Check with contact Mrs Jennifer Parker01672 515151

Salisbury & Amesbury

Amesbury Methodist Hall (Scots) every Thursday

Rod Hopgood
01980 600883

Salisbury (Early Dance) Sunday Monthly D Cruikshank
01980 620339
St Martin's School, Shady Bower every Tuesday in term time David Tullis Website
01980 863024
Sarum Squares
Roman Road Methodist Church
every Monday Anne Follet01747 871291,
Derek 01980 862344 or Rodney 01722 327393
Salisbury Scottish Check with contact Chris Austen01722 339755

Tisbury & Warminster

Westbury Leigh Church Hall every other Thursday Eileen Dredge 01373 823469
Westbury (Playford)
Westbury Leigh Church Hall
Thursday, Monthly Peter Swann
01985 212556
Codford Village Hall (Scots) every Tuesday Will Collins,
01985 850217
Warminster Scottish Check with contact Mrs Aline Fry01985 841054

Trowbridge & Bradford-on-Avon

White Horse Contra   various dates website
St Margarets Barn Dance Club
Riverside Club, Melksham
2nd & 4th Wednesdays

Pat Butler
01225 863798


Holt Village Hall 1st Saturday (Oct-May) Malcolm Mace
01666 837214
Batheaston Contra 1st Sunday Monthly Ann O Bryan01225 858886
Trowbridge Scottish Check with contact Mr J Tindall01225 754825

Melksham & Corsham

Melksham Riverside Club Every Monday Christine Gale
01225 706037
Melksham Tea Dances
Riverside Club
3rd Saturdays (Oct to Mar)

Meg Elewell 01225 703650


Corsham ScottishCommunity Centre Every Monday

Derek Laister01225 702190

Trail Blazers Squares,Church Hall Tuesdays

Malcolm Mace 01666837214

Dance House Ceilidhs Ellendune Centre, Wroughton Sadly this main venue in Wiltshire for Ceilidh Dance has now closed. But see their website for latest news.

Other Links

Halsway Manor
www.setandturnsingle.org.uk/ online magazine
"The Dancing Master, 1651-1728"
An Illustrated Compendium by Robert M. Keller.   
Very interesting reading!
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