Southampton May Day

Where: Formerly Southampton, Hants at the Bargate
When: Formerly May 1
Time: Formerly Dawn (about 5 am)


Every May Day, the choir of  King Edward VI School used to climb to the top of the ancient  Bargate in Southampton and sing to the crowd below to welcome in the month. The choir no longer visit, but until recently dancing by the local King John’s Morris side took place from 5 ‘clock.

Helpful Hints

In 2016 the custom is took a break and wasn’t on as the Bargate was having repair work done- as of 2017 there are no signs of a revival  so I conclude that for now the custom has lapsed.

The other May Day hymn-singing custom is at Oxford (see separate article)

Click here for the Morris website :

Photo by Dave Beckett.

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