Summer Solstice at Stonehenge Sunrise Tour

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge Sunrise Tour
Stonehenge:

The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its     origins date back nearly 5,000 years and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since. What was     this vast collection of stones intended for? Was it observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery? Who were the people who carried     and carved these 40 ton rocks? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and     design, as we enjoy the wonderful celebrations that take place to mark the summer solstice.

Solstice Sunrise

The tour :

Join our guided Tour that departs London at 1am on the 21st June 2013 and heads directly to Stonehenge arriving at roughly 3am. The annual     celebration of the summer solstice will be well under way by then as the atmosphere builds towards the sunrise, and the climax of the event. Huge crowds     gather and there will be plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere of this historic morning, walk amongst the stones, and observe the     pagan rituals and ceremonies that take place at varying intervals throughout the evening. Please note there is a twenty to thirty minute walk involved in  order to get from the coach park to the event.

Summer solstice:

The solstice itself is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial     equator, with the sun appearing to have reached its highest or lowest annual altitude in the sky above the horizon.

The word solstice is comes from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun, as seen from earth stands still in declination before reversing it’s direction. Thus after the summer solstice the sun does not appear as high in the sky and daylight reduces. The solstice     is therefore seen as the midpoint of summer in many cultures and is cause for celebration.

Pagan celebrations:

Like other religious groups, Pagans are in awe of the strength of the sun and the divine powers that create life. For many pagans, they believe that the     Goddess took over the earth from the horned God at the beginning of spring and she is now at the height of her power and fertility. The summer solstice     marks the marriage of the God and Goddess and see their union as the force that creates the harvest’s fruits. To celebrate many Pagans and non Pagans head     to ancient religious sites including Avebury and Stonehenge, to conduct fascinating and colourful ceremonies throughout the night enjoying the last sunset  and sunrise before the sun alters it’s direction once more.

Additional information:

Please note that as a responsible tour operator we have a duty of care towards the places we visit and in this case we ask you to be take great care when     visiting the historic site. It is important that Stonehenge and its surrounding Monuments are preserved for future generations and we ask you not to touch     the stones, and not to leave any litter at the site.

Visitors are requested to dispose of their rubbish carefully at the designated recycling and rubbish points located in the Solstice Car Park and at     Stonehenge. Clear recycling bags will also be handed out on arrival.. Please do not drop litter – bag and bin your rubbish so the recycling team can gather     them up. It is a very sensitive landscape and still used by local farmers so please respect their crops and livestock.

There are authorised catering facilities on the site and some personal food and drink is allowed to be brought onto the site. Please bring them in a small     bag – large rucksacks are not permitted. Glass is not permitted and will be confiscated – many people walk barefoot and the livestock graze in the area     throughout the year. A small amount of alcohol is permitted on the site amounting to no more than one bottle of wine, or 4 500ml cans of beer or cider.     Please note consumption of alcohol on the coach is not permitted. Due to the large numbers of people who attend the vent, naked flames are strictly     forbidden. Small ground sheets and blankets are allowed. We also recommend bringing warm clothing, sensible footwear and a small umbrella if rain is     forecast.

*Due to the nature of this special event, we cannot guarantee exact arrival or departure times from Stonehenge so all timings are approximate.

http://bestvaluetours.co.uk/tour-of-england/out-of-london-tours/stonehenge-summer-solstice-celebration-see-the-sunrise-standing-within-the-centre-of-the-stone-circle-285

We also offer a sunset option on June 20th:
http://bestvaluetours.co.uk/tour-of-england/out-of-london-tours/stonehenge-summer-solstice-celebration-see-the-sunset-standing-within-the-centre-of-the-stone-circle-284

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www.BestValueTours.co.uk

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