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Monday evening Stonehenge gates open for Solstice sunset and sunrise (20 June 2016)

2015 Summer Solstice night in the Stones
2015 Summer Solstice night in the Stones

English Heriticage have announced changes for this year’s summer Solstice: they will be charging £15 per car for parking in their carpark, and searching people for alcohol and other drugs.

However entry to the Stones (from 7pm) is still free if you walk there or catch one of the many buses from Salisbury.

There is much outrage on facebook about these changes, and mutterings of protests.

Last summer the centre was quiet early on, please bring more drums for a live acoustic rave in the centre from sunset to sunrise!

Access to monument field – 7pm
Sunset – 9:26pm

Sunrise – 4:52am (Tuesday)

See other sites:

Stonehenge Spring Equinox sunrise 6 a.m. ish Sunday 20th March 2016

March 2015 sunrise east from Stonehenge
March 2015 sunrise east from Stonehenge

We will camp and gather on the track a hundred yards west of the Stones the night before (bring more firewood) until English Heriticage open their gates. The track will probably be closed if and when its full, then parking be provided at their Visitor Centre with a brisk walk to the Stones (or bus ride for the disabled). Again there will be no toilets for overnight stayers despite repeated requests from the people. But dont dig holes in the archeologically sensitive ground – bring a plastic bag.

  • June Solstice opening will be the evening of Monday 20th June 2016 and Sunrise on Tuesday 21st June – but beware English Heriticage are discussing charging for car parking and banning alcohol,  as well as body searches on entry..
  • September Equinox opening will probably be the morning of  September 23rd 2016

 

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March 2015 sunrise east from Stonehenge
March 2015 sunrise east from Stonehenge

equinox sunrise Wednesday 23rd September 2015

Stonehenge Equinox March 2015 by George
Stonehenge Equinox March 2015 by George

English Heriticage will probably open their gates in their fences for free access inside of the Stone circle sometime between 6 – 6.30am on Wednesday 23rd September 2015  (assuming good light and weather conditions).

Do not climb on the Stones unless you are naked.

Bring more drums.

We will be parking and camping in the track west of the Stones the night before – access from the A303 turn left just before the Stones when heading towards Amesbury from the Visitor Centre roundabout (not across the traffic the other way)

Checkout Stonehenge groups on facebook, many many including Stonehenge Free Festival Campaign and OATS

 

 

Summer 2015 Saturday night 20th June

vev47English Heriticage will open their gates to carpark and Stones at 7pm on Saturnday. There will be police and sniffer dogs. If you want to get into the Stones before the rush then get there on foot or by public transport. Lots of buses being laid on from Salisbury.

Last year’s solstice evening in the Stones there were loads of people milling about but only one drummer – so please Bring More Drums, and get into the Stones early for live acoustic rave as we’ve been doing for five thousand years !

English Heriticage’s information is at:

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/plan-your-visit/summer-solstice/travel-to-stonehenge/#

 

 

Equinox Sunrise Saturday 21st March 2015

Access into the Stones through English Heriticage’s fences will be at around 5 a.m. on Saturday 21st March. We’ll meet up in the track the night before (heading east on the A303 turn left just before the Stones).

Unfortunately we all made a mistake at the planning meetings – on Friday 20th March the sun will rise partially eclipsed, and we may have to watch it from outside of their fences. drat. sorry.

At last winter solstice somebody damaged the Stones by splashing them with some kind of oil, and someone else chalked on the HeleStone.