May Morning in Oxford

May Morning Morris Men

Due to the coronavirus crisis, the 2020 May Morning event has been cancelled.

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. Visit the May Morning Oxford website for more information about the event's history.

The celebrations normally start at 6am 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.

The choir begin singing at 6am and we recommend you arrive anytime after 5am to find a spot on the bridge. At approximately 6.10am the choir will finish singing and bell ringing will begin.

Bell ringing will finish at approximately 6.30am to signal the end of the event. Many people visit local restaurants and cafés following the event to indulge in a May Morning breakfast.

Please be aware there will be live streaming and filming of the event at Magdalen Bridge on 1 May.

Crowd management and viewing areas

This year, there will be a new crowd management system in place, with one-way channels to enable the crowd to pass across the bridge during and after 6am.

Visit our Crowd Management page for full details.

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.

For more information about events taking place across Oxford on May Morning, please visit the Daily Info website.