Over 22,000 people gathered to celebrate the coming of the summer solstice at National Trust Stonehenge Landscape and Avebury on Friday morning. The weather surpassed all expectations to create a beautiful sunset and clear evening, however low cloud came in over night obscuring the sunrise at 4:52 am.
Within the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, the National Trust manages 827 hectares (2,100 acres) of downland surrounding the famous stone circle. The stone circle itself is owned and managed by English Heritage.
Jan Tomlin, General Manager of Stonehenge and Avebury mentioned:
“We celebrate solstice twice a year in this country, both in June and December.
“Our role at Stonehenge is supporting English Heritage who expected something in the region of 30,000 visitors to come across our land.”
“We have a whole team of volunteers to help people get across the land safely and to make sure they have the best evening possible.”
Meet some of the National Trust team making the Stonehenge summer solstice possible this year.