Posted by: StonehengeNews | June 2, 2013

Travel diary: Summer Solstice at Stonehenge – June 21, 2013

Into magical, spiritual, cosmic unity? Peace and love?  Yeah?

Then join the 20,000 like-minded souls who are expected to descend on  Stonehenge to watch the sun rise on the longest day Stonehenge Summer Solstice Celebrationsof the year. This is also  the once-a-year occasion when the the central Altar stone aligns with the Heel  stone, the Slaughter stone and the rising sun to the northeast.

Why: The Summer Solstice festivities have had their ups and  downs over the years with numerous clashes between authorities and revellers.  Nowadays everyone’s welcome to celebrate, but there’s a hard line taken on drugs  and loud music and large quantities of booze are forbidden.

Do it because: Stonehenge is believed to have been used as a  religious site by early Britons 4000 years ago – that’s quite a tradition to be  a part of. There’s going to be an amazing atmosphere, and no end of brilliantly  barmy characters to hang out with.
June  21 english-heritage.org.uk
http://blog.stonehenge-stone-circle.co.uk/2013/06/01/stonehenge-summer-solstice-celebrations-2013/

Photo: Getty | By Helen Elfer | http://www.tntmagazine.com

Ben @ The Backpacker Tour Company

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