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Spring Equinox 2017 – sunrise Monday 20th March in Stonehenge!

Equinox 20March2016 - George and Lorraine
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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2016 Winter Solstice Sunrise Wednesday 21st December

Stonehenge Drove December 2015 by george
Stonehenge Drove December 2015 by george

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!

Check out one of the many facebook groups for more uptodate information.

See you there – [dicegeorge]

Stonehenge Drove December 2015 by george
Stonehenge Drove December 2015 by george

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