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Highside Folk Dance Club

A friendly club for all ages and all abilities.
First, Third and any Fifth Fridays in the month.
Littlethorpe Village Hall, HG4 3LG
8 to 10pm.

Adults £3, Children free.
For further details contact Ian and Dorothy Griffin on 01423 341982
or email

Highside Folk Dance Club was started in the village of Kirkby Malzeard in 2002 by Andrew and Angela Bodey, soon moving to Grantley and then to Galphay and later to Grewelthorpe for club meetings. As from 15 September 2017 we are located at Littlethorpe Village Hall.

Highside has been responsible for many hours of enjoyable dancing, with new musical talent developed and new callers encouraged. There have been workshops and days of dance with visiting callers to take us in new directions. Recently we've had joint dances with both Heatherdene and Knaresborough clubs, and we've enjoyed a light-hearted Christmas Ceilidh with Sibby, a well-known caller from Essex. We hope to go on developing links with other clubs and trying out new ideas.

Littlethorpe Village Hall has a lot going for it, with a sprung wooden floor, a well-equipped kitchen and plentiful parking. It's also close to Ripon, with easy access from the A61, Ripon by-pass. As we start settling into this new venue we will probably be concentrating for our club evenings on local bands and callers, and also good recorded music. We hope local people will be tempted to join us. We always welcome new members whether or not they have experience of our interesting and varied type of dancing.


Autumn 2018 programme

Date Caller and Band
Friday 7 September Tony Whitehead with recorded music
Friday 21 September Les Barclay with recorded music
Saturday 22 September At All Hallowgate Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Grove, Ripon, HG4 1LG, there will be a Folk Dance with Paula Green as caller with recorded music from 7.30 - 10.30 pm. Admission is £6 and there will be a faith supper. For futher details contact 01423 341982 or email
Friday 5 October This date has been postponed to next Friday due to work being done on the hall
Friday 12 October Paula Green with recorded music
Friday 2 November Don Mason with Blind Panic
Friday 16 November Tony Whitehead with recorded music
Friday 30 November Paula Green with recorded music
Friday 7 December Janet Barclay with Village Hop Band
Friday 21 December Tony Whitehead with recorded music


Highside Folk Dance Club and Knaresborough Country Dance Club - Joint Ventures

These two dance groups share a joint venture of dances in Ripon held on a Saturday night, every couple of months. See here for more details.


Sunday Occasional group

All folk dancers who would like to try something a little more unusual are invited to come to this occasional group. Any callers who would like to try something enjoyable but a bit different are invited to bring their own instructions and music and have a go. The session takes place at Littlethorpe Village Hall, HG4 3LG, 2.30 to 5.30 with a break for refreshments, which are included in the cost of £2.50. The group meets on the third Sunday in "odd" numbered months.

Sunday November 18th 2018. A special meeting: RUNNING SET. An opportunity to learn more about this unique form of dancing, with Les Barclay calling. 2.30 to 5.30 at Littlethorpe Village Hall. Only £2.50 including refreshments. Come along with or without a partner - dancing will be in four-couple sets to be made up informally on the day.

Here are the dates for 2019:

20th January, 17th March, 19th May, 21st July, 15th September and 17th November.

Dancing at Grewelthorpe Village Hall

Littlethorpe Village Hall

Some photographs from the 2016 Christmas Ceilidh: