May Morning in Oxford is a traditional celebration of the coming of Spring and brings together Oxford's communities to enjoy dancing, singing and revelry from around the city. May Morning is celebrated on 1 May every year.
The celebrations in 2015 will start at 6am on Friday 1 May 2015 with the choristers of Magdalen College choir singing Hymnus Eucharisticus from the Great Tower. Hymnus Eucharisticus was composed in the 17th century by a Fellow of Magdalen and has been sung every year from the Great Tower on May Morning.
This will be followed by the bells ringing out over the city for approximately 20 minutes.
May Morning Events and Breakfast
May Morning events and activities will take place across the city including Morris Men dancing in Radcliffe Square, Catte Street and Broad Street.
Many bars and restaurants across the city will be open for breakfasts including eateries in the city centre and East Oxford.
More details to be confirmed nearer the time.
Oxford May Day 2013 Film including Morris Men and Pagan Band
Film by Roger Stotesbury from Jump Off the Screen.
May Day Fun in Oxford, but Don't Break Your Leg
Watch Maria Langler, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust Operations Manager advising people of the dangers of jumping off Magdalen Bridge.
In 2014 Magdalen Bridge was open to pedestrians and closed to traffic from 3am until approximately 9am to enable everyone to enjoy the singing in comfort and safety.
The High Street was closed between The Plain and King Edward Street. The bridge re-opened, and the road closure to traffic was lifted as soon as it was safe to do so at approximately 8am.
Transport arrangements for the 2015 event will be confirmed nearer the time.
Page last updated 17 December 2014