Stonehenge Winter Solstice Open Access 2014

15 11 2014

English Heritage will once again welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Sunrise is just after 8am on Monday 22nd December and visitors will be able to access the monument as soon as it is light enough to do so safely. Conditions of entry will be posted shortly.

Stonehenge Winter Solstice

Please be aware that parking is very limited and there is a thirty minute walk, in low light, from the parking areas to the monument.

Why 22nd December?

Many people – not least diary manufacturers – believe that the Winter Solstice always falls on 21st December. But the celebration of the winter solstice at Stonehenge is not fixed to a specific calendar date – this is because of a mismatch between the calendar year and solar year. (The actual time of the Winter Solstice this year is on December 21st at 23:03 GMT)

The solstice is traditionally celebrated at the sunrise closest to the time when the sun is stationary before beginning its transit to the north or south. This year this occurs late on 21 December, hence the winter solstice celebrations take place at sunrise on 22nd December.

Conditions of entry

Further information and the conditions of entry for the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge will be posted here a month in advance of 22nd December.**

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.

If do not have your own transport and are travelling from London then Solstice UK Events are offering their usual transport option with an expert guide.

**Stonehenge is a world renowned historic Monument and seen by many as a sacred site – please respect it and please respect each other!

The new Stonehenge visitor centre is well worth a visit and opens at 9.30am. Visit the English Heritage website
Directions to Stonehenge
Download the free English Heritage Stonehenge Audio Guide here
English Heritage Winter Solstice Link

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THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF OUR AREA – AN ENTERTAINING AND ILLUSTRATED TALK BY TV PERSONALITY JULIAN RICHARDS

14 01 2014

Julian is a local archaeologist who is well known to the general public through his television programmes “Meet the Ancestors” and “Blood of the Vikings”.

 meettheancestorsHe is one of the leading experts on Stonehenge, and has most recently carried out investigations for the project   “What’s Under Your School”, which included Coombe Bissett and Broadchalke.

Friday 24th January, 7.30pm (Doors open 7pm)

All tickets cost £7.50 and include a ploughman’s supper and there is a cash bar available. Call Caroline on 01722 781044 for your tickets.

Link: http://www.broadchalke.info/general.php
Link: http://www.spirefm.co.uk/contribute/whats-on/?start=20

 

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Stonehenge and the Stars: Perseid Meteor Shower 12th August 2013

27 07 2013

Facilitated by English Heritage and led by an expert local volunteer, the group will enjoy sole access to Stonehenge for two hours. The first hour will be dedicated to a guided tour and Q&A focussing on the astronomical theories surrounding Stonehenge. During the second hour visitors are invited to set up their own telescopes and cameras to star gaze and moon gaze, to share stories and experiences and, weather permitting, to enjoy the Perseid Meteor Shower at its fullest.

Meteor showers have always captured peoples interests. In astronomy, there’s nothing quite like a bright meteor streaking across the glittering canopy of a moonless night sky. The unexpected flash of light adds a dash of magic to an ordinary walk under the stars.Visitors are invited to bring their own telescopes, cameras and binoculars. (Please note: Tripods may not be pressed into the earth and must have rubber/protective feet. We are unable to provide any equipment ourselves). We recommend that visitors also bring red-filter torches. Visitors should wear appropriate clothing and footwear

Meteor showers have always captured peoples interests. In astronomy, there’s nothing quite like a bright meteor streaking across the glittering canopy of a moonless night sky. The unexpected flash of light adds a dash of magic to an ordinary walk under the stars.

How to Book

Purchase your tickets today by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0870 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm).

Prices

Ticket price includes entrance to Stonehenge stone circle, star gaze and guide

Link: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/stonehenge-and-the-stars-sh-12-aug/
Link: http://www.clarksvilleonline.com/2013/07/27/nasa-research-shows-perseid-meteor-shower-to-peak-august-12th-and-13th/
Link: http://www.meteorwatch.org/

Merlin says “In total, the Perseid meteor rate from dark-sky sites could top 100 per hour. That’s a lot of magic. Enjoy the show.”

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Wessex Archeology are running a free open day at Barrow Clump with Phil Harding

4 07 2013

Explore Archaeology on Salisbury Plain – 20th July 2013

explore-archaeology-20th-july-2013

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