Over 24,000 people celebrated the Summer Solstice
2007 at Stonehenge
Wednesday 20th June found thousands of us wending
our way that drizzly evening across the Salisbury Plains, to gather
together with Druids, Pagans and King Arthur Pendragon within the
mighty megaliths of Stonehenge.
The Summer solstice is one day that we can touch the cold towering
slabs of stone - no climbing is allowed, but a gentle stoney hug
is OK! English Heritage have been allowing 'Open Access' to the
circle for 8 years and tonight the fences have been taken down ready
for the midsummer celebrations.
was only one rain shower during the solstice vigil and most people
had come prepared with capes, various hats, horns, hoods and umbrellas!
The music kept going through the night and included a saxophone
along with pipes, guitars and rhythmic drumming. The atmosphere
was brilliant as always and people who had only just met joined
together to celebrate the dawning of the longest day of the year.
People come to the Stonehenge Summer Solstice for many reasons
- to experience the spiritual atmosphere from within the towering
sarsens and to see the sky lightening over the Heel stone as dawn
approaches; to enjoy the huge buzz of one of the biggest all night
open-air midsummer parties; to be themselves on this magic night
and to let their hair down, as our ancestors did as nature's great
wheel turned through another season.
A bank of cloud descended during the early morning and unfortunately
obscured the midsummer sunrise this year. The edge of the clouds
had a reddish glow! A happy solstice was still had by all, despite
the unpredictable British weather. Many brave souls were planning
on continuing the party at Glastonbury Festival.
20-21 June 2007 - Stonehenge Summer Solstice
After travelling to Stonehenge for an hour and a half from Dorset,
with our 2yr old daughter, we found that sitting in the car park
was quite surreal, we had actually made it (again)!
was good to us and as we travelled across the car park past cars,
buses, caravans, tents, sleeping people, the whole place was full
of anticipation. The sounds of excited voices filled the fields,
and we merged with the stream of expectant visitors as we passed
through check point 1.
After another half hour or so, we could see the Great Stones of
Stonehenge looming out of the earth, as giant silhouettes in the
darkness, before us. People of all ages, races, lifestyles and backgrounds
gathered together underneath and around the Stones, sharing in the
wonder of this special occassion.
people brought instruments, such as drums or horns, some dressed
up, some danced and some cheered, some entertained others and some
waited to be entertained. The only things needed were an open mind
and empathy towards others, you could then be as individual as you
wished to be, and still be welcomed into the unity of the Summer
were gatherings of people smiling on the ground and people who were
always on the move, taking in a different view and soaking up the
atmosphere, and all in awe of this sacred place! Approaching the
inner stone circle, there was just enough room to move (slowly),
people were happily packed between the Stones waiting for the sunrise!
The level of noise created by the large volume of people was incredible,
and The Stones themselves were acting as a perfectly tuned amplifier
of sound and spirit.
truly amazing experience and a privilege to be there!