Stonehenge Solstice Celebrations

Where: Stonehenge, Wiltshire
When: Evening of June 20th into morning of 21st
Time: From 7pm onwards

 

Solstice

The Solstice Celebrations at Stonehenge take the form of a druid ritual at dawn and a New Age party. The current celebrations are relatively new but hark back to ancient pagan rituals and this is a solemn act of worship for modern druids. Sunrise is at  around 4.45 am but many revellers make a night of it. Expect lots of music (but amplifiers are not allowed so it won’t be very loud) & dancing. This is one of the very few opportunities to get inside the stone circle – we’d only visited as tourists before from behind the ropes which usually surround the monument and the difference in the experience is very marked. The stones loom over you and it feels much more powerful and imposing. In 2013 there were around 20,000 other people there for what was a really special event.

Helpful Hints

The whole area is being landscaped following the closure of the A road that ran close to the site so use the English Heritage website to keep up-to-date with the new access arrangements. Toilets, food & drink all available on site  but expect queues. No drugs or alcohol are allowed and your bags will be searched by security personnel! Follow the link below for all the terms and conditions of the event. Depending on what time you arrive you may need to queue for a while, and again when you leave.

Click here for the English Heritage website : http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stonehenge/


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