Meridian celebrates May Day

Celebrations to mark the first day of May have been taking place across our region. With warmer weather finally making an appearance, people have been welcoming the first first signs of Spring.

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Bridge open for celebrations

This year Magdalen Bridge will be open to pedestrians and closed to traffic from 4.30am until 9am to enable everyone to enjoy the singing in comfort and safety. The bridge will re-open to traffic as soon as it is safe to do so between 8.30am and 9am.

Dancing will begin behind the University Church (off High Street by Radcliffe Camera) at about 6.15am and continue at various points in the city.

May Morning events and activities will take place across the city including Morris Men dancing in Radcliffe Square, Catte Street and Broad Street.

There are plenty of places open in Oxford to celebrate May Morning. For many years, Magdalen Bridge has been a focus of attention and we want to celebrate the whole city and everything that is traditional about May Morning. We are opening up the city so everyone can take part in the event together, in a safe and enjoyable environment. Last year we held a successful event and our aim this year is to support and promote all the activities and events taking place across the city for the people of Oxford to enjoy together."

– Ceri Gorton, Cultural Development Manager at Oxford City Council

Many bars and restaurants across the city will open for breakfasts including eateries in the city centre, Jericho and East Oxford.

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