May Morning in Oxford

May Morning Morris Men

May Morning is celebrated on 1 May every year.

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.

The celebrations in 2016 will start at 6am on Sunday 1 May 2016 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.

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.