May Morning in Oxford

May Morning celebrations

Bank holiday Monday (1 May 2023) will see thousands gathering in Oxford to celebrate May Morning 2023. The event is a unique Oxford tradition that stretches back over 500 years. It will see crowds along High Street and Magdalen Bridge for the 6am choral welcome for the coming of spring

Attending May Morning

People begin usually begin to gather around Magdalen College Tower from around 5.30am. There will be a crowd management system to help people have a safe and enjoyable morning.

Stewards and signs will be in place to direct people to areas where they can stop and view the event. Please pay attention to any requests or instructions from the stewards, who are there to help you and others enjoy the experience.

Designated viewing areas for wheelchair users, families with young children and those with buggies will also be available – in the car park of Magdalen College School and in Rose Lane. 

map of viewing areas for wheelchair users, people with young children and buggies

Map of viewing areas

Road closures

Road closures will be in place from 02:00 to 09:00, for all traffic including bicycles.

High St (A420) - From The Plain to East of junction with King Edward St

Longwall St - From junction with High St to Holywell St junction

Rose Lane - Entire Road

Merton St - Junction with High St

Queen’s Lane - Junction with High St

map showing road closure on High Street, Longwall Street and adjoining roads

Map of road closures for May Morning



Video of May Morning in Oxford, 2022