We celebrate with music and dancing in the street from MIDDAY.
May Morning is celebrated on May 1st every year. (NOT May Day 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. 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.
May Morning events and activities will take place across the city including Morris sides 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.
How many different styles of Morris Traditional Dancing are there?
Here’s a start, I read this on the recent FOLK WEEKEND: Oxford website:
Wherever you are in Oxford, you’ll never be far from a morris team! We are delighted to showcase many of the different Morris traditions at our festival: