Friday 13 December 2013

Winter Solstice Stonehenge 2013


AT STONEHENGE  21st December 8.09 AM 
English Heritage will once again allow people access to Stonehenge for the
celebration of the Winter Solstice, the first day of the winter season. Sunrise is at
8.09am on Saturday 21 December and visitors will be able to access the monument
as soon as it is light enough to do so safely. 

Entrance is free and will be available
from roughly 7.30am until 9am, when the site will close - before re-opening as per
usual to paying visitors at 9.30am.

The exact time of the Solstice this year, when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away
from the sun, is at 17.11pm on 21 December, however it is generally accepted that
the celebration takes place at dawn and therefore access is
permitted at Stonehenge earlier that morning.

Over the last few years, the popularity of Winter Solstice has grown considerably,
with many families and young people joining the druid and pagan community in the
celebrations. Three years ago, 2,000 people attended Winter Solstice and in 2012
more than 5,000 people attended.

Kate Davies, Stonehenge General Manager said: “We are delighted to offer people a
warm welcome to Stonehenge this Winter Solstice but as facilities are limited, we are
not able to accommodate any more people than last year. We don't have the luxury
of using nearby fields in winter for parking and encourage people to make use of the
special bus service running from Salisbury.

We are working very closely with the local authorities and agencies plus the druid and pagan community to ensure that access to Stonehenge will once again be a success.