Mad Jack's Stick

Mad Jack's Morris 40th Birthday Celebrations



The base of operations will be The Cock Inn and the campsite behind the pub

The Cock Inn

Main Street



TN31 6YD

01797 230281

Weekend campers are welcome to arrive at The Cock from around 4pm on Friday, where you will be greeted by one of Mad Jack’s and shown where to camp.

Camping is in the field behind the pub. It is a medium sized field surrounded by static caravans, and we have the monopoly on the centre of the field. Having said that, it will be quite tight to squeeze in everyone, so we urge you to bring the smallest tent you can, and pitch it as closely to others as humanly possible. Cars can be parked in a separate area of the campsite and on part of the pub car park, and if you are bringing a motorhome, you may wish to set up in the pub car park instead. There will be someone from Mad Jack’s to direct you.

Do not park on Jempson’s car park, as it is locked on Sunday and you will not be able to escape!


The Cock Inn serves food until around 9pm. It shouldn't be necessary to book, but if you think you’ll be wanting food after around 8:30pm, please ring the pub and let them know. 

Other options are the Horse and Cart, 10 mins walk down the road, Northiam Fish and Chip shop 10 mins drive, or plenty of places in Rye, 10 mins drive away.

Alternatively, Jempson’s supermarket is a 5 min walk around the corner. They have a café that is open until 7pm, and the supermarket itself is open until 9pm. Jempson’s is open on Saturday from 7am until 8pm, but closed on Sunday.


All are welcome to make use of The Cock for drinking and socialising throughout the evening. Musicians are welcome to strike up a tune after around 9pm in part of the bar.



Breakfast will be served in The Cock between 7:30am and 9:30am. It will be a buffet-style service with all the usual components of a full English, as well as provision for vegetarians, etc.

The Tour

Buses will pick up teams from The Cock at 10am sharp. Please make sure you’re ready to board by this time. There will be two buses, so should be plenty of space for persons and bags, but this is an opportunity to get friendly with your fellow Morrissers. The journey will take approximately 30 mins to Tenterden, where the tour will begin in earnest.

The Tour will be split into three groups, each accompanied by a member of Mad Jack’s. Please consult separate tour schedule to see when and where you are dancing. The most important part of this is the train times, for which, unfortunately, Morris time does not apply.

The Kent and East Sussex Railway have granted free travel for dancers in kit, although please be aware that you may be asked to stand if there are a large number of paying customers on your train. Anyone accompanying the sides and not in kit will be asked to pay, but can get 10% off if they buy in advance.

The same goes for Bodiam Castle. Dancers in kit will be able to access the castle grounds, but anyone not in kit will need to pay for admittance. Please be aware that it’s a 10 min walk from the railway station to the Castle, so factor this into your movements. There are a couple of options for dancing at Bodiam Castle – take a look at the map or ask your friendly Mad Jack’s rep!

Buses will pick up from Bodiam castle at 4:30pm. Keep your Mad Jack’s rep in sight to find out precise timings and locations.

Our final stand of the day will be altogether outside The Cock in Peasmarsh, before the evening entertainment begins.





Evening Revelries

The evening meal will be served in Peasmarsh Memorial Hall from 6:30pm. This is a five-minute walk along the road, turning right from the campsite.

We are limited on space and chairs in the hall, so it’s time to get friendly again!

Local beer and cider will be available at an honesty bar for a very reasonable cost.

After the meal we’ll host a series of disorganised entertainments, including games, quiz, and ad hoc dancing for those willing. If you would like to contribute something to this, you are most welcome. After this pseudo-organised fun, and you’re welcome to make use of both the Village Hall and The Cock for the rest of the evening.



Breakfast & Departure

Breakfast rolls will be served in Peasmarsh Memorial Hall from around 8:30am.

All should aim to be packed up and depart the campsite around 10:30am, before we make our way to Rye for the survivor’s tour.

Rye Tour

See the map for parking and dancing location in Rye. The best place to park is the Cattle Market, and costs £1.50 for the whole day.

Your friendly Mad Jack’s rep will give you rough times and locations for dancing on the day. No formal lunch time is scheduled, so feel free to pick up food as and when you choose.

At 1pm we will be treated to a re-enactment of our namesake, Mad Jack Fuller in the Gun Gardens.

Dancing will continue in the afternoon until around 3pm, when we will bid you a fond adieu!




The best place is Rye Cattle market - £1.50 all day. From the campsite approach from Deadman’s Lane which is a very concealed right turn coming down the hill into Rye on the A268.




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Key to Map

S1 - Strand Car Park

S2 - Strand Bike Park

S3 - Gun Garden

S4 - Ypres Tower

Recommended Pubs

P1 - The Ship

P2 - Hope Anchor Hotel

N.B. all times are approximate; weather conditions can affect performances and may lead to cancellations.

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