Oxford's Historic May Day CelebrationApr 28, 2023
On May Day morning, May 1st, a centuries-old tradition is upheld by the city of Oxford…
Locals and visitors alike gather in their thousands to hear the choir of Magdalen College sing-in the new May sunrise from the top of Chapel Tower. The choir sings the Medieval Eucharist hymn at 6am.
It’s quite a spectacle, if you don’t mind the early start!
Many venues in the city adapt their opening hours so that residents and students can celebrate the whole night through until dawn.
Make the most of the festivities on the High Street from 5.30am before joining us for a very busy breakfast in Quod – the busiest venue in town – open from 6am.
Please also note that the High Street will be closed to traffic at Magdalen Bridge from 2am until approximately 9am on 1st May.
If you intend to leave earlier than 9am, we’ll direct you towards King Edward Street and Oriel Square.
Do let us know if you have any questions or would like to know more about the schedule of events…