Monday, 23 February 2015

Summer Solstice 2015

Stonehenge used to be open access to all, in fact not so long ago people barely bothered with the mysterious rock formation, planted just off the A303 in Wiltshire. Then the owner of the field in which it sits bequeathed the land to English Heritage who put a fence around the stones, a turnstile quickly followed before eventually the multi million pound exhibit you pay to see today was born touching the stones. To be fair, souvenir hunters were guilty of chipping bits off so I guess their intentions were at least honourable and for the good of preservation.


The summer and winter solstice celebrations (longest and shortest day of the year) gives us the rare opportunity to get up close and very personal to the Henge. To walk around and with-in the Henge (not really a Henge) overnight before watching the sun rise over the heal stone from the inner circle. Powerful, mystical and memorable.


We wouldn't be being honest if we didn't warn you that this is not for everyone. Access to the stones is made possible because the modern day druids and wizards believe this to be their religious right. But, its success does mean that crowds of between 18000-35000 converge on the site, some for the experience but most for the party (The Glastonbury festival follows close after the Summer solstice and is 'en route').


There are many police and security on hand and, when I did it, I never felt threatened, just irritated. Arrests for minor drug offences are common as are people calling you 'dude' and telling you they love you.


We will pick you up from your home or hotel and transport you in comfort to a pub/restaurant of your choice close to the site. Wellington boots and torches are needed for the 15 minute walk to the stones from the vehicle (please note this is over a field and it could be wet...haha did you think summer meant summer?) Head towards the music, drumming and festival noise where we dance until dawn (dancing is optional). 

Sun rises around 04.45am to great celebrations and, if honest, relief in that the return journey beckons. We'll stop for a well earned breakfast and a chance to swap stories and photographs before heading back and the comfort of your bed.

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