May Morning 2024


May Morning is one of the special benefits of being a Friend of the Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum. 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 06:00, 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 from 05:00 to 07:00
  • Entry is only via the Rose Lane gate of the Botanic Garden between 05:00–05:30. This gate will be locked at 5.30 for security so please ensure that you arrive in good time.
  • Morris dancers, Cry Havoc, perform 05:15–05:45


  • Friends £20
  • Guests £25
  • Children aged 2–15, £5

Your ticket includes one (freshly baked and still warm) croissant per person for which a coupon will be supplied on entry, and hot drinks (coffee, tea or hot chocolate).  Homemade jam will be available.

Booking is open to all Friends, who may buy tickets for their guests.

Please note that the closing date for booking is Sunday 28 April.

All proceeds from any surplus income will go to the Friends' Paths Appeal.

If you would like to join the team presenting this very special event, contact