Retford Ceilidhs


Kathy is closing her email list now, partly in view of new data protection legislation, but also because we have now finally folded up Retford Ceilidhs - no more ceilidhs will be organised by us, but it was very good while it lasted.

Many thanks to all who have shared in the experience with us - we have enjoyed every ceilidh and hope you did too and that you will continue to enjoy social dancing wherever it may happen.

FRiDAY 31st MARCH 2017 - our last ceilidh!

We had a bit of money still in our bank account and thought the best way to wind down Retford Ceilidhs was to have a final fling on Friday March 31st 2017,  at Clarborough Village Hall, near Retford, in aid of Muddy Fork charity.
We had a really wonderful final ceilidh and we couldn't have had a better band - the great Banter Band - or better folk there.  Thank you to everyone who supported us and Muddy Fork charity on the night. 

Anna (Evans), Kathy (Cowborough), Richard (Beswick), Moira (Ruff), Sally (Henderson)


Retford Ceilidhs started in 2012 when a group of people with a passion for community dancing came together to organise social dance events to live - primarily traditional - music in the Retford, Nottinghamshire, area.  
We organised four ceilidhs a year regularly (see our News page).  For us, it didn’t matter if you were familiar with ceilidh (or folk or other social) dancing or if you’ve never danced before or you didn’t have a partner, we loved you just to come and enjoy our dances.   This was dancing for fun and good company.  Our ceilidhs were open to all, including families, experienced, inexperienced, young and old alike – we let under-16s in for free – even just listeners to the live music were welcome.  Our music was live to guest bands who each brought their own brand of dance and music to our evenings. 

See us enjoying ourselves on YouTube

Last updated August 2018

  • Great moves!

    Having a great time at our first ceilidh on 28th April, 2012, to Lambskinnet Band from Newark.

  • Fill the floor with dancers!

    Happy, smiley faces at our first ceilidh at Goodwin Hall, April 2012

  • Lambskinnet and Chris

    Lambskinnet Band with caller Chris Rose at Babworth WMC, April 2013

What is a "ceilidh"?
Ready for the off with Pierrot Ceilidh Band at Clarborough Hall, Oct 2013

Whether you are English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh or from many other places where dancing has been part of the culture, the term “ceilidh” (or ceilidhe, céilithe or ceili - say as "kay-lee") is used for a gathering where all ages come together to enjoy live music and dancing.