A warm welcome to Retford Ceilidhs


FRiDAY 31st MARCH 2017 - Book now!!

Hi to all you lovely Ceilidh supporters!

We have 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, 8pm-11pm, at Clarborough Village Hall (just outside Retford).
Entry fee of £5.00 - but no charge for under 16’s if accompanied by adult - a bargain at the price ...and we have booked:


... for the evening, two members of which, Tim and Nina, used to play with the wonderful Liam Robinson Band, and the other is the renowned Simon Care (of Edward II, Tickled Pink, Albion Christmas Band, Simon Care Trio fame).  Banter are now earning popularity on the festival circuit nationally (they will be at Glastonbury this year!) and the band claim they play "fabulous tunes with a fresh viewpoint and a cheeky twist on the Tradition".  We can vouch for that and are honoured to have such an excellent band.  Come along to hear and dance to their exciting and inspirational music.
We will keep the evening informal and will provide tea and coffee at break with a few Fairtrade snacks to purchase if you like, or feel free to bring your own. But as usual there is no bar, so bring your own drinks. 

Supporting MUDDY FORK Charity for our final ceilidh

The charity we will be supporting on the night is Muddy Fork - which helps people in north Nottinghamshire with mental health challenges through volunteer gardening and conservation and who are particularly active at our local Idle Valley Wildlife centre.  So after expenses, our final balance will also go to them.   Please help us support this very worthy cause.

Let Kathy know if you want tickets by emailling or tel 01777 706880  asap as we need to restrict numbers. If you book, we will keep tickets for you to pay at the door (NB: there may only be a few tickets available on the door).  Or contact Anna, Moira, Sally or Richard.  

If you know of others who enjoyed coming to Retford Ceilidhs, please feel free to pass on this news.  We've enjoyed all of our ceilidhs in the past and would like to share in a great evening to finish off.  So looking forward to seeing you there!

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 have organised four ceilidhs a year regularly (see our News page).  For us, it doesn’t matter if you are familiar with ceilidh (or folk or other social) dancing or if you’ve never danced before or you don’t have a partner, we would love you just to come and enjoy our dances.   This is dancing for fun and good company.  Our ceilidhs are 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 are  welcome.  Our music is live to guest bands who each bring their own brand of dance and music to our evenings. 

If you wish to give us feedback, please send us a message via the Guestbook or Contacts pages or email Kathy if you are on her email list.

See us enjoying ourselves on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZGsK4Dnrjw

Last updated Feb 2017

  • 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.