May Morning

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May morning is one of the special benefits of being a Friend of the Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum.  If you are not already a Friend, this is a good moment to join.


Friends, this is a unique opportunity to invite your own friends and family to witness this ancient Oxford celebration of spring.  After the bells have rung at 6.00 am, silence falls, and the Magdalen College Choristers sing the Hymnus Eucharisticus followed by prayers and further singing, from the top of Magdalen College Tower.  You will have the privilege of a perfect view from the peace and beauty of the Botanic Garden, with a hot drink in your hand.  While waiting for the choristers you will be entertained by traditional Morris dancers, Cry Havoc, and be able to appreciate the beauty of the early morning light in the garden.  As the sun rises, freshly baked croissants, with homemade jam will be served.



The event will run 5:00-7:00am

Entry is only via the Rose Lane gate of the Botanic Garden between 5.00-5.30am

Morris dancers, Cry Havoc, perform 5.15-5.45am


  • Friends £15, Guests £20, children 15 and under £5
  • Ticket includes complimentary coffee, hot chocolate or tea and a croissant with homemade jam
  • Extra croissants £1.50 - card payments only istockphoto-1085466710-612x612-1.jpg

Booking is open to Friends who may buy tickets for their guests. Please note that the closing date for receipt of booking forms is Saturday 24th April.

Please pay by cheque with the printed booking form. See our Privacy Policy

For further information, please contact Freya Jones at or telephone 07472 365 001.