Summer Solstice at Stonehenge Guide 2021
Something magical will happen on Salisbury Plain this summer. On June 21, 2021 – the Summer Solstice (longest day of the year) – the sun will rise at 4.52 am over the heel stone of the fabled ancient monument, Stonehenge.
What makes the summer solstice sunrise so special in this spot is the fact that it has been experienced as an almost spiritual event by people for thousands of years – since Stonehenge was built in 2600BC.
How fortunate we are at Brades Acre that we live just a few miles from this awesome monument.
We’ve played host to so many happy campers intent on watching the solstice sunrise at Stonehenge over the years, but we believe that Summer Solstice 2021 will be embraced with even more excitement than usual.
Why? Because besides it signifying midsummer, this year the sunrise will also signify everyone’s hopes for a gradual return to normal life after we’ve been burdened with the COVID-19 pandemic for almost 18 months.
When the sun rises over the Stonehenge heel stone on June 21st, we can watch that bright orb rise into the heavens and imagine that the dark months of the pandemic are behind us.
Will Stonehenge Be Open for the Summer Solstice?
If you want to visit Stonehenge this summer you need to book right now because demand is likely to be heavy. The same goes for booking your camping spot at Brades Acre.
English Heritage, which owns and manages the Stonehenge site, has recently announced on its Facebook page that the monument (closed for the Covid 19 national lockdowns) will reopen to visitors from April 12. Here at Brades Acre we are opening up for campers and holiday lets again on that same date, so we’re ready to welcome you if you’re planning a memorable trip to our neighbouring big attraction, Stonehenge.
From that date, you’ll be able to enter the site again to view the sensational stones, but indoor areas at the site (like the Visitor Centre) will remain closed for the time being. Takeaway food and drink will be available.
You’ll need to book timed tickets in advance to visit Stonehenge, and visitor numbers will be limited. Bookings are only being taken up until mid-May at present.
We’re still waiting to hear definite arrangements from English Heritage about accommodating visitors for the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, but for several years past the site has been open for free access during the night of June 20/21 so that crowds can gather to watch the sunrise.
With the threat of the pandemic still very much with us, the celebrations will likely be more muted than usual this year. However, we do expect many will be able to enjoy the occasion.
Arrangements for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge
English Heritage is still understood to be deliberating on its opening hours and arrangements from mid-May onwards, with the evolving pandemic leaving everything uncertain for us all. But all being well, we are hoping that there may well be limited managed access available at Stonehenge for the summer solstice with stringent COVID-19 safety measures in place.
The best way to keep up to date with the plans for Solstice 2021 at Stonehenge is to keep an eye on the Stonehenge website. The website also gives directions to Stonehenge, and information about membership of English Heritage, which gives you access to an exclusive “up close” experience with the stone circle scheduled for April 14.
It may not be the jolly party that regular solstice celebrants are used to this year, but one thing is for sure, the sun will rise over the heel stone at Stonehenge on June 21, and the future will be brighter for us all.
Heading for the Henge? Contact Brades Acre in the village of Tilshead, Wiltshire, to book your spot for a sunny break on Salisbury Plain.