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Stonehenge Summer Solstice Sunrise trip
Stonehenge Summer Solstice Tour Adult: £99

2016 - Each year on the 21st June visitors from around the world gather at Stonehenge overnight to mark the summer solstice and to see the sunrise above the stones. At dawn the central Altar stone aligns with the Slaughter stone, Heel stone and the rising sun to the northeast. 10th Year!

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Child Price £89 Age 3 - 16
(Includes return transport from London / Bath, guide services)

OPTION 1
4 PM June 20th 2016
4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W

OPTION 2
1 AM June 21st 2016
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Highlights

The Summer Solstice is the most important day of the year at Stonehenge and a truly magical time to be there. It's an ad hoc celebration that brings together England's New Age Tribes (neo-druids, neo-pagans, Wiccans) with ordinary families, tourists, travelers and party people - 1000's of them!
For many the impulse to arrive at Stonehenge in time for the Solstice is a little like all those people drawn to the strange rock in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It's akin to a spiritual experience. Anyone who has witnessed the crowd become silent as the sky begins to brighten can attest to that. You will enjoy 3 - 4 hours within the circle at sunset on June 20th or sunrise on June 21st. The small group nature of this tour means you can have a real personal experience.

We are offering two departure options for this special tour:

TOUR OPTION 1:
Depart central London at 4pm June 20th. Midi Coach Travel to Stonehenge with guide and spend 2 - 3 hours inside the circle and witness the sun setting, Druid Ceremony and festivities. Back to London at 1am

TOUR OPTION 2:
Depart central London at 1am June 21st. Midi Coach Travel to Stonehenge with guide and spend 2 - 3 hours in side the circle and witness the sun rising, Druid Ceremony and festivities. Back to London at 8am

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
This is not like our traditional guided 'Private Access' tour. Although this tour is guided it does not visit other attractions and is not everyone's cup of tea, however those who do participate will never forget it and will surely 'tell the tale' for many years to come...... Please take the time to view our images / video of previous 'Solstice Tours'.
For those of you who have not visited this sacred site, we should mention that the complex is roped off. Visitors observe the stones from a distance and are not permitted within the temple complex..........our 'Summer Solstice' tours allow you to be amongst the stones and to actually touch them.

N.B. With this exception English Heritage do not allow any other 'private access' tours between 16th June and 1st July

English Heritage provides Managed Open Access to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice and works closely with agencies, and people from all sectors of the community, in order to create a peaceful occasion - ensuring an event that can be safely enjoyed by all and protects Stonehenge and its surrounding Monuments.

Due to the nature of this 'special access' tour and the strict entry conditions that English Heritage impose please register your interest for this tour on the form below and we will contact you with booking details and terms and conditions. This is on a first come first serve' basis.

The highlight to our our European vacation. Just do it!
Phill and Sandra - California

Going with a solstice veteran made all the difference - I would not have wanted to do it on my own. Pat really knew his stuff and took good care of us. Well done!
Conny - Boston

You promised a 'once in a lifetime experience' and that's exactly what we got - wow!
Mick and Narelle - Australia

The atmosphere was electric inside the inner circle - a real tribal gathering. It could have been 4000 years ago.
Phil - New Zealand

Highly recommended. If you want to see Stonehenge this is the way to do it! You only live once.........
Rickard and Anne - Sweden 2011

The photos I took were 'award winning'. I managed to get next to the alter stone as the sun was rising. A perfect evening, see you next year. A big thank you to our guide.
Roberta - USA 2011

Tr
ain, bus, taxi etc but so glad we went with you guys. It worked out cheaper and allot less hassle, the kids loved it.
Casey and Family. Canada 2011

We had the time of our lives but take my advice "Leave your inhibitions at home, let your hair down and go with the flow" I went to the Burning man Festival last year but nothing can beat Stonehenge at Solstice time....
Phil Gaymer - Florida 2011

N.B This tour is operated by 'Solstice Events and Tours')

Price: £99 per adult (London)
(£89 per child aged 3-16 years)

Price: £79 per adult (Bath)
(£69 per child aged 3-16 years)


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SOLSTICE FACTS

STONEHENGE SUMMER SOLTICE - JUNE 21st
Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it

Each year on the 21st June visitors from around the world gather at Stonehenge overnight to mark the summer solstice and to see the sunrise above the stones. At dawn the central Altar stone aligns with the Slaughter stone, Heel stone and the rising sun to the northeast seems to stand still in the sky.

As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December.

Early Celebrations

Awed by the great power of the sun, civilizations have for centuries celebrated the first day of summer otherwise known as the Summer Solstice, Midsummer (see Shakespeare), St. John's Day, or the Wiccan Litha.

The Celts & Slavs celebrated the first day of summer with dancing & bonfires to help increase the sun's energy. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light.

Perhaps the most enduring modern ties with Summer Solstice were the Druids' celebration of the day as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth", resulting in the present day belief of a "lucky" wedding in June.

Today, the day is still celebrated around the world - most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice.

Pagan spirit gatherings or festivals are also common in June, when groups assemble to light a sacred fire, and stay up all night to welcome the dawn.

Summer Solstice Fun Facts

Pagans called the Midsummer moon the "Honey Moon" for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice.

Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires, when couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump.

Midsummer was thought to be a time of magic, when evil spirits were said to appear. To thwart them, Pagans often wore protective garlands of herbs and flowers. One of the most powerful of them was a plant called 'chase-devil', which is known today as St. John's Wort and still used by modern herbalists as a mood stabilizer.