Summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge CANCELLED

Summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge CANCELLED

Published by Jack Deery at 12:05am 12th May 2020.

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The event, which was going to be held on June 20th 2020, usually attracts around 10,000 people to the area.

English Heritage have announced that, after talks with emergency services, the druid and pagan community and others, they will not be able to host 2020s summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge. 

Summer Solstice 2019
The event usually attracts thousands of people to the site

With the ban on mass gatherings and social distancing still in place, they have cancelled the event for the safety and well-being of all attendees, volunteers and staff

Stonehenge Director Nichola Tasker said: 

"We are very sorry to be the bearers of this news today.  Given the sheer number of major events worldwide which have already been cancelled across the summer, from Glastonbury to the Olympics to Oktoberfest, I doubt this will come as a huge surprise, but we know how much summer solstice at Stonehenge means to so many people.  

We have consulted widely on whether we could have proceeded safely and we would have dearly liked to host the event as per usual, but sadly in the end, we feel we have no choice but to cancel."

Summer Solstice 2019
Summer solstice is the longest day of the year


As no one will able to attend the celebrations, English Heritage have decided to live stream the occasion on their social media channels. 

You will be able to find it on their: 

Nichola added

"We hope that our live stream offers an alternative opportunity for people near and far to connect with this spiritual place at such a special time of year and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year.  We know how strong the draw is to come for some people, but I would take this opportunity to say please do not travel to Stonehenge this summer solstice, but watch it online instead."

The heritage site has been shut since 18th March in accordance with government restrictions. 

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