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TUESDAY, May 1st

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. (Oxford City Morris at 6.20am in 2015)

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 Information website, or The Oxford City Council pages.


How many different styles of Morris Traditional Dancing are there?
Wikipedia offer the following, and a page about May Day at Oxford.


The BBC wrote in 2018 …


Bob Weatherhead    Published on May 1, 2018