MAY DAY 2020 (Friday) is MIDDAY – CANCELLED
May 1 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm| Free
We celebrate locally with music and dancing at North Parade from MIDDAY.
following the main celebration at 5.45am on Magdalen Bridge, Oxford.
May Morning is celebrated on MAY 1st every year, this year it’s a friday.
(NOT Monday Bank Holiday Monday).
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 start at 6am with the choristers of Magdalen College choir singing Hymnus Eucharisticus from the Great Tower beside Magdalen Bridge (scroll down for a link to listen to it) . It 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 is followed by the bells ringing out over the city for approximately 20 minutes.
May Morning events and activities will take place across the city including Morris sides dancing in Radcliffe Square, Catte Street and Broad Street. (Oxford City Morris at 6.20am in 2015)
Many bars and restaurants across the city will be open for breakfasts in the city centre.
A challenge: choose one word from each section to form a far-fetched site and see if you can find morris performed there, I suspect you will: (though I do not guarantee it!)
1. Men, Women, Children.
2. Mountain, Moor, Park, Seaside, Village green, Street, Castle, City centre.
3. May Day, Weekday, Weekend,
4. UK, USA, Europe.
The BBC wrote in 2019 …, (May Morn was on a Wednesday)
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 for around 500 years. LISTEN HERE