Stonehenge Summer Solstice Celebrations 2014: Web Links and Information

19 06 2014

English Heritage are pleased to be providing Managed Open Access to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice on 20-21 June solstivce-stone
2014.

Please help us to create a peaceful occasion by taking personal responsibility and following the Conditions of Entry and guidelines set out on these pages.

“It is a place seen by many as a sacred site – therefore please respect it and those attending. “

 

You can follow @eh_stonehenge on Twitter for travel updates on the night.

You can also follow @ST0NEHENGE on Twitter for Stonehenge pics and info

Tweet us your Stonehenge Summer Solstice pics using the hashtag #henge

We hope the weather will be kind and wish you a peaceful and celebratory solstice.

USEFUL LINKS:

ENGLISH HERITAGE WEBSITE

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:

DIRECTIONS TO STONEHENGE

TRAVELLING TO STONEHENGE SUMMER SOLSTICE:

ON-SITE FACILITIES DURING SUMMER SOLSTICE – DOWNLOAD A CAR PARK AND MONUMENT MAP HERE

Download the free Stonehenge audio guide and listen en-route to the Stones

Summer Solstice event at Stonehenge we will be operating a special shuttle service between Salisbury and Stonehenge: http://tinyurl.com/qz2p4ep

For information on accommodation providers in the county of Wiltshire and other attractions and services in the area, please see the Visit Wiltshire website.

Stonehenge is approximately 2½ miles (4 kms) from the town of Amesbury. The nearest bus and railway stations are in Salisbury, which is 12 miles (19 kms) away from Stonehenge.

As the roads around Stonehenge will be very busy, it is recommended that you leave your car at home and travel to Stonehenge by public transport.  The local bus company, Salisbury Reds, will be running a special service from Salisbury railway station and Stand U in New Canal, to a drop-off point near Stonehenge.  The buses will also stop at any recognised bus stop along the line of the route, which is via Amesbury. CLICK HERE FOR SALISBURY SHUTTLE SERVICE

Timings for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

  • SOLSTICE CAR PARK OPENS
    19.00 hours (7pm) Friday 20 June
  • ACCESS TO STONEHENGE
    19.00 hours (7pm) Friday 20 June
  • LAST ADMISSION TO SOLSTICE CAR PARK
    06.00 hours (6am) Saturday 21 June
  • STONEHENGE CLOSES
    08.00 hours (8am) Saturday 21 June
  • SOLSTICE CAR PARK TO BE VACATED
    12.00 hours (12 Noon) Saturday 21 June  

We hope the weather will be kind and wish you a peaceful and celebratory solstice.

Sunset and Sunrise on the Summer Solstice

Sunset and sunrise occur at the following times:

  • Sunset on Friday 20 June 2014 is at 21.26 hrs (9.26pm)
  • Sunrise on Saturday 21 June 2014 is at 04.52 hrs (4.52am)
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VISITING Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice has been voted as one of the top 25 life experiences in the world today.

18 05 2014

Stonehenge is one of 25 top life experiences

Salisbury Journal: The ancient stone monument Stonehenge.

The ancient stone monument Stonehenge

VISITING Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice has been voted as one of the top 25 life experiences in the world today.

The ultimate Wonder List of must-do life experiences was created following a study commissioned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Discovery Channel.

An expert panel, which included adventurer Bear Grylls and editors of Wanderlust, Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine and National Geographic Traveller, created a long-list of the must-do worldwide experiences, which a poll of 2,000 British adults then cut to a shortlist of 25.

The most popular life experience was to visit the North Cape in Norway to see the Aurora Borealis, a stunning natural light display, followed by snorkelling along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and a road trip along Route 66 in America.

Stonehenge came 18th in the list, one of only two British experiences to make the list. The other, celebrating Hogmanay in Edinburgh, was number 23.

Susanna Dinnage, managing director of Discovery Networks UK & Ireland, said: “It’s lovely to see great British experiences, such as visiting Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice, figure so highly on the list. Be it adventures on home soil or experiencing life-defining moments further afield, we believe there’s always more to know, to experience and to explore.

As we celebrate 25 years of broadcasting in the UK, the Wonder List embodies Discovery’s continued passion to inspire the nation, expand horizons and make your world bigger.”

They were also asked to nominate the best life experiences to be had in the UK, and visiting Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice got more than a third of the vote, as well as the seven natural wonders of the UK and the seven manmade wonders of the UK, with Stonehenge also topping the latter with over half the nation’s vote.

The findings revealed over half of us have private wonder list of experiences we want to complete and a lack of money is the number on reason stopping people completing their own wonder list.

Article source: By Corey Ross (Salisbury Journal):

Link: http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/11220485.display/?ref=twtrec

English Heritage Open Access: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stonehenge/summer-solstice/

Stonehenge Summer Solstice Tours:
Premium Tours: http://bestvaluetours.co.uk/tour-of-england/out-of-london-tours/stonehenge-summer-solstice-celebration-see-the-sunset-standing-within-the-centre-of-the-stone-circle-284

Stonehenge Guided Tours: http://www.stonehengetours.com/stonehenge-summer-solstice-tour.htm

Merlin @ Stonehenge
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Stonehenge Solstice Ancient Celebration. June 21st 2013

16 06 2013

With the Summer Solstice fast approaching we start to see our visitor numbers increase in Wiltshire. It is a bumper time for our tourist industry as people from all over the world descend upon our county and join in with this ancient celebration.

The Summer Solstice is known to Pagans as ‘Alban Hefin’ which means ‘Light of the Shore’. It occurs on the 21st June when the sun is at its highest point in the sky and the days are at their longest. The nights begin to draw in after this date, which is a scary thought as summer has only just got going. The Druids celebrate this event with special ceremonies and rituals that are believed to date back several millennia. Although the 4000 year old monument of Stonehenge has been the centre stage for these ceremonies; Avebury, Woodhenge and the Kennet long barrow have also attracted worshippers at this special time of year.

Looking into our local studies archives I have discovered that the Solstice festivities have not always been peaceful as the Druids would wish.

In 1901, Salisbury Police invoiced the landowner of Stonehenge, Colonel Sir Edmund Antrobus ‘for police services rendered’ for the night of 20th June. He was charged for one Superintendent, one Inspector, two Sergeants and seven Constables a total of £3. 4s.2d. presumably this would have been for crowd control or public order duties.

During the 1950s the Druid procession was accompanied by the Military Police and members of the Army. The security operation was overseen by the Ministry of Works (a government department responsible for building projects). Public gatherings at Stonehenge increased not only by the number of people but also in disorder. There were reported to be many barrels and crates on site, presumably of beer. The ‘high jinks’ was quashed in 1956 when young officers threw ‘thunderflashes’ in to the unruly crowd.

By the early 1970s a small music festival was conceived, which took place in woods near Amesbury during the days leading up to the 21st June. This was the beginning of the Free Festival which continued to grow in popularity and controversy throughout the ‘70s until 1984 when it ended abruptly.

During the early 80s a new wave of ‘new age travellers’ replaced the ‘hippy’ label of the ‘60s. Large numbers of travellers would congregate on private land and were reported to have committed trespass, criminal damage and public order offences.

On June 1st 1985, events came to a head culminating in the infamous ‘Battle of the Beanfield’. It wasn’t until June 2000 that a truce was finally made between the authorities and members of the public; 5000 people were given the privilege of entering the sacred circle.

On Thursday 5th September, one of our archaeologists, Rachel Foster, will be giving a talk on ‘Stonehenge & Avebury World Heritage Sites’ at the History Centre, contact the centre for further details. Alternatively, records are available to view by members of the public. We have copies of newspapers on microfilm, newspaper articles in our ephemera collection and also scrapbooks on ‘The Battle of Stonehenge’. We also hold the book ‘The Battle of the Beanfield’, edited by Andy Worthington, published by Enabler Publications in 2005 and utilised for this article.

Article by: Anna Ervine Local Studies Assistant
Source: http://www.wshc.eu/blog/item/the-summer-solstice.html

Link: https://blog.stonehenge-stone-circle.co.uk/2013/06/01/stonehenge-summer-solstice-celebrations-2013/
Link: https://blog.stonehenge-stone-circle.co.uk/2013/06/10/summer-solstice-2013-stonehenge-managed-access/

Follow Stonehenge on Twitter for all the Solstice News: https://twitter.com/ST0NEHENGE

Merlin @ Stonehenge
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