It’s the summer solstice this weekend – where’s a good place to mark it (in terms of views, parties, nutters) either a) in the UK generally, or b) in London?
Well, there’s always Stonehenge…
Once a guaranteed flashpoint between New Age travellers and the police, watching the summer solstice at Stonehenge these days is a much more relaxed (and trouble-free) event, despite drawing a mixed crowd of 30,000 or so druids, hippies, travellers and interested observers.
The site usually opens at 7pm the evening before the summer solstice and closes at 8am the following morning, with the sun creeping up over the stones at around 5am. Buses ferry people from Salisbury train station to West Amesbury, a mile from Stonehenge, or you can park at the site, about half a mile from the stones themselves.
Might be worth checking with English Heritage (english-heritage.org.uk/summersolstice) to see if there are any changes to the “programme” while the new visitor centre is being built…
I second stonehenge, it has to be the most famous festival at this time of year. Always guaranteed to draw your share of nutters! Nearby Avebury usually has something going on too. If you can make it up to Scotland there are generally more festivals going on up there like the Lughnasad (hope I spelled that right) festival in Edinburgh.
Parliament Hill is usually a popular spot to mark it in London – and you’ll have your fair share of views, parties AND nutters, so should tick all the boxes.