English Heriticage will open their gates to our Stones around 5 a.m. ish on Monday 20th March 2017, when the equinox sun will rise East.
Some of us will be camping the night before in the track west of the Stones (entrance from Larkhill or left from the A303 driving towards Amesbury – if coming the other way pass the Stones and U-turn at the roundabout).
Please bring firewood and drums!
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Stonehenge solstice sunrise will be at about 8.15 a.m on Wednesday 21st December 2016 – (though it may be cloudy)
English Heriticage will open a carpark around 5.30 a.m. from where you can walk or catch a shuttle bus to the Stones. And there are special buses from Amesbury and Salisbury.
But access to the drove from the dangerous A303 entrance is closed and from the Larkhill north end will be closed from around sunset Tuesday, there will be access through the English Heriticage Car Park to the drove until about midnight, then there’s nowhere to park until about 6 a.m.
At least that’s what I understood from a planning meeting I went to at Amesbury recently, seems a bit mad to me!
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2016 Autumn Equinox Open Access will be around 06.15 a. m. on the morning of Thursday the 22nd September, assuming good ground conditions. Park safely in the area, allowing space for blue badge holders.
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
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)
English 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 !