20-21 June 2007 - Stonehenge Summer Solstice
Well, this was my 3rd Solstice at Stonehenge. As I
approached at 2.45am, I couldn’t believe how busy the place
was already. The weather certainly didn’t deter anyone and
it seemed that a lot had probably arrived for the Solstice Eve Sunset,
as the stones were accessible earlier this year.
Everyone had to go by their timepieces to tell them when it was
‘sunrise’ time, as the ever-increasing cloud cover put
paid to seeing the sun come over the horizon at 4.58am. At 4am the
sky looked ready to give us what we were all hoping to see, but
then the leaden clouds swept slowly across and told us that just
wasn’t going to be. Numbers were up from the previous year’s
celebrations, but it was quite surprising to see the long trail
of people walking back to the car park at only 5.30am.
The clouds lifted shortly after and meant that the rain was kept
at bay while the music and dancing continued inside the great megaliths.
It all seemed to go quicker this year, due to having to leave the
stone circle at 8am. As this was earlier than last year, there seemed
to be more of a reluctance for people to depart, but most of those
who attended were in celebratory mood. There seemed to be more of
the solstice spirit contained within those that turned up this year.
And even after being there for a 3rd time, the wonderment that I
felt from my first visit is still there.
It is such a unique gathering of a wide range of people from all
walks of life and it’s an experience that, in my eyes, is
With that in mind, I will be back again next year, without a doubt.
Hope you all had a happy solstice and here are some pictures that
go to sum up the Solstice experience.