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    Mayday

    Mayday  on Oxford audio tour Know your Oxford: tour with AR for new and prospective students

    Cross over the small lane in front of you and stop therekeep walking. You'll be at the bridge soon.

    If you were to go down that lane, you'd arrive at Christchurch Meadow, a beautiful spot to have lunch or for a library break.

    Up ahead you can see a tall bell tower. It's part of Magdalen College and it hosts a tradition that dates back to the days of Henry VIII.

    Every year, on Mayday, at 6 in the morning, the Magdalen College choir takes their place at the top of that tower, to bring in the new day with this:

    (play some of the Hymnus Eucharistus).

    Hundreds of students will have stayed up partying the whole night before!

    Tap on the button at the bottom left of your map now, and you can see exactly what things look like right here on the morning of Mayday. It’s a 360 video so your view will change when you turn around.

    [Silence equal to length of video]

    Keep walking now, the same way you've been going, towards the bell tower.

    (Morris dancing music)

    After the choir sings, both the Oxford City and the Oxford University Morris Dancers parade down the High Street. (you can sign up at Freshers' Fair if you want.) These days, a real mixed bag of bands play on after. We've had Brazilian samba bands, New Orleans brass bands, English folk bands - you name it.

    On Mayday, lots of the restaurants and cafes also open early, to welcome people for breakfast. (music plays out)

    You’ve got all that to look forward to, come May Day. Let's keep walking, towards Magdalen Bridge. I'll meet you there.

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