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May Morning in Oxford

Tweet using #oxmaymorning to let us know what you will be getting up to at the event.

May morning - Photo by Kate Raworth

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 2014 started at 6am on Thursday 1 May 2014 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 was followed by the bells ringing out over the city for approximately 20 minutes.

Approximately 5,000 people enjoyed the celebrations.

May morning - Photo by Kate Raworth

May Morning Events and Breakfast

May Morning events and activities took place across the city including Morris Men dancing in Radcliffe Square, Catte Street and Broad Street.

Many bars and restaurants across the city were open for breakfasts including eateries in the city centre and East Oxford.





May morning - Photo by Kate Raworth

Soapbox City Event

Soapbox City will take place from 7am until 7pm in Broad Street and 144 Oxford residents, artists, thinkers, students, activists, campaigners, young people, community ambassadors, writers, well-known personalities, business leaders, charity workers, in fact anyone will be invited to get up on the soapbox for five minutes and present their big idea to the world, by doing, saying or making something radical.

Visit the Oxford Playhouse website for more information.


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.

May morning - Photo by Kate Raworth


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.






Page last updated 1 May 2014



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