Stonehenge Winter Solstice Open Access Arrangements 2018

1 12 2018

English Heritage will once again welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Sunrise is just after 8am on Friday 22nd December and visitors will be able to access the monument as soon as it is light enough to do so safely. Please read the information below before planning your visit and visit the English Heritage website.  There will be a rare Full Moon on the Winter Solstice this year, the next occurrence will be in 2094

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Senior druid King Arthur Pendragon at Stonehenge. The winter solstice is considered more important than its summer counterpart as it marks the ‘re-birth’ of the sun

Access to Stonehenge for Winter Solstice is free and is subject to the Conditions of Entry. Please read these before deciding whether to attend.  Stonehenge is in a field on Salisbury Plain and the weather in December will be cold and wet.  Even if it isn’t raining, the ground will be wet from the dew and there may also be frost. Sensible footwear and warm, waterproof clothing is essential. Please note, parking charges apply.

DATE AND TIMES

Saturday 22nd December 2018

6am: Limited car parking opens

7.45am (approximately depending on light levels): Monument field opens

8.09am: Sunrise

10am: Monument field closes

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Stonehenge is an ancient prehistoric site which has been a place of worship and celebration at the time of Winter Solstice for thousands of years and is seen by many as a sacred site.

English Heritage is pleased to provide free Managed Open Access to Stonehenge for Winter Solstice and ask that if you are planning to join us for this peaceful and special occasion that you read these Conditions of Entry and the information provided on the following pages before deciding whether to come.

Admission to the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge is free of charge.

Please help us to create a peaceful occasion by taking personal responsibility and following the Conditions of Entry and guidelines.  We have a duty of care to ensure public safety and are responsible for the protection of Stonehenge and its surrounding Monuments.  If we are to ensure that future access is sustainable, it is essential that everyone observes and abides by these Conditions of Entry.

These Conditions of Entry are written to ensure enjoyment and public safety for everyone.  Contravention of any of these conditions may result in entry being refused or your removal from Stonehenge.  English Heritage reserves the right to refuse entry.

  • Stonehenge is a world renowned historic Monument and part of a World Heritage Site. It is seen by many who attend as a sacred place.  Please respect it and please respect each other.
  • Amplified Music is inappropriate and will not be permitted.
  • Drunken, disorderly, and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated; ejection, by security staff and/or Police, without return, will be the outcome.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Illegal drugs are still illegal at Stonehenge as they are anywhere else.  The police will be on site during the access period and will take immediate action against anyone breaking the law.
  • Glass is not allowed at the Monument as many people walk barefoot and, in addition, livestock and wildlife also graze in the area.  If you bring any glass items with you, they will be confiscated.
  • Do not climb or stand on any of the stones – this includes the stones that have fallen.  This is in the interest of personal safety, the protection of this special site and respect for those attending.  As well as putting the stones themselves at risk, climbing on them can damage the delicate lichens.
  • To help us reduce the amount of litter on site, leafleting or flyering is not allowed.
  • Camping, fires, Chinese lanterns, Fireworks, Candles, Tea-Lights or BBQs are NOT permitted at Stonehenge, in the parking areas, or anywhere in the surrounding National Trust land.
  • Do not bring drones or any type of remote-controlled aircraft to Stonehenge.  There is a No Fly Zone in place over Stonehenge during Winter Solstice which makes it a criminal offense to attempt to fly anything over the stones below a certain height. The No Fly Zone includes drones. If you attempt to fly a drone from anywhere on site, including the Solstice Car Park, you will be stopped and asked to leave.

For further information about Managed Open Access for Winter Solstice at Stonehenge, please call English Heritage Customer Services Solstice Hotline on 0370 333 1181.

PLANNING YOUR JOURNEY

Parking for Winter Solstice is very limited and we cannot guarantee that there will be space in the two Winter Solstice car parks. We strongly recommend car sharing or using public transport.

  • Travel by Bus – Salisbury Reds buses will be running from 6am from Salisbury via Amesbury.

    Organised Tours – If you are considering visiting Stonehenge for the Solstice celebrations you can join an organised tour.  Use a reputable tour operator who respect the conditions.  Stonehenge Guided Tours are the longest established company and offer guided tours and transport from London. Solstice Events offer small group Winter  Solstice Tours from Bath using local expert guides.

PARKING AND PARKING CHARGES

Limited parking is available in the Winter Solstice car parks, which will open at 6am on the 22 December.

Signs will direct you to the Solstice car parks – please ensure that you follow these.  If directed to parking away from the Stonehenge Visitor Centre, motorists will have access to Park & Ride transport to the Visitor Centre included in their parking charge.

We cannot guarantee entry to the car parks and recommend car sharing or coming by public transport as cars will be turned away when the car parks are full. Last year this happened at around 7am.  Please do not arrive early as there is no waiting on the roads in the area and you will be moved on.

  • £5 – General parking for cars, vans and live in vehicles
  • £2 – Motorbikes
  • £50 – Commercial minibuses (up to and including 16 seats)
  • £250 – Commercial coaches (17 seats and over). Commercial vehicles must pre-book via BookStonehenge@english-heritage.org.uk and terms and conditions apply.

Please note, car parking charges apply to all users of the Winter Solstice car parks, including Blue Badge holders, and members of English Heritage and National Trust.

The parking charge helps the charity cover the costs of providing additional staffing and lighting in the car parks and is designed to encourage people to car share or travel by bus.

Blue Badge parking

Parking for Blue Badge holders is available at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre Car Park. No pre-booking is required.  Visitors are asked to highlight their Blue Badge to stewards on arrival so that they can be directed to an appropriate parking space.

A shuttle will run from the Visitor Centre to the Monument and visitors with accessibility requirements will have priority.

COME PREPARED

  • Stonehenge is in a field on Salisbury Plain and the weather in December will be cold and wet. Even if it isn’t raining, the ground will be wet from the dew. There may also be frost. Sensible footwear and warm, waterproof clothing is essential.
  • There is at least a 30 minute walk in low light or darkness, from the Visitor Centre to Stonehenge itself.  You are strongly advised to wear strong, waterproof footwear, and to bring a torch with you.  A shuttle will run from the Visitor Centre to the Monument and visitors with accessibility requirements will hve priority.  All other visitors should be prepared to walk.
  • There are no catering facilities in the monument field; however the café at the visitor centre will be open for hot drinks and breakfast rolls from 6am.

Please visit the official English Heritage website for full details.

Relevant links:

Respecting the Stones.  Managed Open Access

Solstice at Stonehenge. From Past to Present.

English Heritage Conditions of Entry

The Salisbury Reds special solstice shuttle service

For traffic, weather and other updates on the morning of the winter solstice, Follow @St0nehenge @EH_Stonehenge @VisitStonehenge @HighwaysEngland @VisitWiltshire @DruidKingArthur @Wiltshirepolice for #WinterSolstice2018

If you are unable to visit Stonehenge on the Solstice you can watch our LIVE PERISCOPE STONEHENGE BROADCAST

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English Heritage is hosting a Gun Salute at Stonehenge on 11th November to mark 100 years since the signing of the Armistice. #RemembranceDay2018

9 11 2018

Sunday 11th November 2018 will mark 100 years since the signing of the Armistice and will bring to a close a series of 100 year anniversaries of the major events of World War One. To commemorate this historic event, English Heritage is hosting a Gun Salute at Stonehenge.

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The guns will fall silent before the 11th hour and a bugler will sound The Last Post, a two-minute silence will be observed and The Final Retreat played.

Stonehenge stood at the heart of the world’s largest military training camp during the First World War, with 180,000 men stationed there at any one time, coming from across the Commonwealth to prepare for battle.

Remembrance holds a central place in the UK’s annual calendar of events and offers the opportunity for the nation to offer its respect for the sacrifice made by its Armed Forces over the years.

1000hrs           The saluting troop form up

1049hrs           Guns fire

1059hrs           The Last Post

1100hrs           Two-minute silence

1102hrs           The Final Retreat

Visit the English Heritage website for full details

Links:
Find out more about Stonehenge and the Great War at our centenary lecture by Martyn Barber
How Stonehenge site became the world’s largest military training camp – click here

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Stonehenge Centenary Celebrations: 26th October 2018

23 10 2018

WEEKEND OF CELEBRATION MARKS 100 YEARS OF STONEHENGE BELONGING TO THE NATION

It’s been 100 years since Cecil and Mary Chubb gifted Stonehenge to the nation, allowing funding and care projects to begin to conserve the stones. Come and celebrate!

chubb-Stonehenge

For further information, visit the English Heritage Stonehenge 100 webpage.

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PLANS for a controversial Stonehenge tunnel have been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate

20 10 2018

Proposals for the A303 include building a 1.8 mile dual carriageway tunnel as it passes the World Heritage Site.

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The road, currently a single carriageway, is a notorious bottleneck on the route to the South West.

The formal plans come after a lengthy public consultation on how best to tackle traffic issues in the area.

The planning inspector now has 28 days to review the application and decide whether or not to accept the plans.

If these are accepted, the application documents will be published to allow people to view the details of the proposals. News source: Salisbury Journal

Relevant Links:
The Knotty Problem of the A303 and Stonehenge. Stonehenge News Blog
Stonehenge tunnel plans submitted to Planning Inspectorate. BBC News
STONEHENGE and A303: English Heritage
The Stonehenge Alliance
ANOTHER consultation on A303 Stonehenge plans. Spire FM

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Stonehenge Events and News: Open days, talks, exhibitions, guided walks and family activities taking place at the World Heritage Site.

17 10 2018

There is always something happening around the Stonehenge World Heritage Site with events such as open days, family activities, lectures and guided tours for both adults and families. Please check the websites below to see what Stonehenge current events are available to book.

Stonehenge news

English Heritage Stonehenge 
Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Visit their Stonehenge Events page for exhibition news, special events and exclusive ‘members only’ events.  They also publish posts on their news blog.

National Trust’s Stonehenge Landscape
A World Heritage Site for its  ancient ceremonial landscape of archaeological and wildlife interest. Visit their events page

Amesbury History Centre 
The Amesbury History Centre is the place to visit to find out all you need to know about the oldest continually inhabited settlement in Britain.

Wiltshire Museum 
Award-winning Museum display – Gold from the Time of Stonehenge. Britain’s best Bronze Age archaeology collection. Visit their events page

Salisbury Museum 
The Salisbury Museum. Showcasing the medieval Cathedral town of Salisbury and the ancient wonders of Stonehenge. Visit their events page

Visit Wiltshire
Click here to find out all you need when visiting Stonehenge Wiltshire!…Easily search Attractions, Events and Accommodation suitable for your needs!…FREE MAPS & GUIDES!

Wessex Archaeology
Wessex Archaeology is proud to have had a long history of work at Stonehenge and to have played a leading role in their research, management and investigation.  Visit their news blog

Stonehenge Guided Tours
The longest established Stonehenge tour operator run daily Stonehenge Tours from London and offer exclusive inner circle access tours allowing you to walk amongst  the monument at sunrise or sunset.

Stonehenge and Salisbury Guided Tours
The Stonehenge Travel Company are based in nearby Salisbury and operate private guided tours of Stonehenge.  They are recognised as the local megalithic experts.

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New Stonehenge exhibition shows relations of ancient Britain and Europe.

11 10 2018

Our ancient British ancestors have been “making and breaking relationships with continental Europe” for thousands of years, a new exhibition will show.

The collection, including a 6,500-year-old jade axe made in Italy, will go on display at Stonehenge on Friday.

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The axe is made of jadeitite obtained from the French-Italian Alps TRUSTEES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM/PA

Organisers say it highlights how there were different periods of connection with, and relative isolation from, Europe in Britain’s history.

It will be the first time the objects have been displayed together.

Experts say in the late Neolithic period when Stonehenge was built, about 5,000 years ago, communities living in the British Isles appear to have been insular and had little communication with continental Europe.

But both before and after, in the early Neolithic and the early Bronze Age period, items, styles and religious beliefs were being shared widely.

English Heritage historian, Susan Greaney, said: “From insular communities with what appears to be little outside communication, to mass migrations and the sharing of raw materials and finished artefacts, our ancestors have been making and breaking relationships with Continental Europe for thousands of years.

“Throughout the Neolithic and Bronze Age, Stonehenge stood at the centre of this constantly changing ebb and flow of objects, styles, people and ideas.”

Read the full story on the BBC website (source)

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As part of the Stonehenge centenary celebrations, Friday 26th October 2018 will be the debut at Stonehenge of Sacrilege, Deller’s inflatable replica of Stonehenge. #SH100

5 10 2018

A day of specially commissioned art and events will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Stonehenge being donated to the nation. 

English Heritage and the artist Jeremy Deller will mark 100 years since Stonehenge was donated to the nation with a day of celebrations at the ancient stones. Curated by Deller, Friday 26th October will be full of music and art, an inflatable Stonehenge, an anniversary tea party, as well as a few surprises.

A life-sized, inflatable replica of the British heritage and pagan site, and tourist attraction, Stonehenge.

A life-sized, inflatable replica of the British heritage and pagan site, and tourist attraction, Stonehenge.

The artist describes Sacrilege as a light-hearted and playful way of visitors to “get reacquainted with ancient Britain with your shoes off”. Sacrilege has been loaned to English Heritage by The Store X Vinyl Factory, and will be outside the Stonehenge visitor centre from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October.

‘Deller…offers the access to Stonehenge that English Heritage denies — with added bounce.’  – The Guardian

This ambitious project developed Turner Prize-winning Jeremy Deller’s exploration of art in public spaces alongside his interest in historic and contemporary icons.

WEEKEND OF CELEBRATION MARKS 100 YEARS OF STONEHENGE BELONGING TO THE NATION: 26th – 28th October 2018

RELEVANT LINKS:
Visit the Stonehenge 100 English Heritage website for full detail
Archaeology with a bounce! Mike Pitts blog 
Stonehenge goes on tour. Bouncy ‘Sacriledge’ comes to Wiltshire 2012
Jeremy Deller’s Stonehenge bouncy castle comes to London: The Telegraph

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