Why it makes sense to visit Stonehenge at the Solstice
I’m often at the winter and Summer solstice celebrations that take place at Stonehenge in Wiltshire – and I’m not always working; mostly i’m there just for the hell of it because there’s something quite special about getting up early and going to such a landmark to welcome the dawn.
Each year there are two solstice celebrations – one in Summer and one in Winter and as this is the only time each year you’re allowed to touch the hallowed stones, or even get really near them, it can make sense to plan a solstice visit.
The solstice attracts a wide variety of folk – from druids witches and warlocks to curious tourists and families. All are welcome and the best thing is that the usual entrance fee to the stones is waived each solstice morning and entry is free.
This year there was a lot of organised singing in the centre of the stones from Shakti sings choir.
One of my fave guys to see – under the rags and colour is an accordion player who spins and plays around the stones.
Of course one of the best things about the solstice is the chance to actually touch the stones rather than walk around them via a perimeter path.
Entrance is free on solstice days as it’s an act of celebration and worship to many people. Organised parking is £5 but it’s quite possible to park in the nearby village of Larkhill for free and simply walk about a half mile to the stones.
One of the main semi-public thoroughfares near the stones is called the drove – and hard-core devotees can arrive early and park up and overnight for free. There’s no shortage of good humour as this home-made sign makes clear…
The drove leads pretty much from Larkhill village straight to the stones. If you park up in Larkhill simply follow the other revellers down the drove, or listen for the sounds of the drumming for directions …