Summer Solstice celebrates the dawn of the longest day of the year. Almost always this takes place on 20th to 21st June.
Normally you pay £12.50p to go to Stonehenge and you have to stand from very far away. At the summer solstice you get to be inside the stones, you can even sleep against them.
The event usually starts from 7pm on the 20th June and end Midday 21st June
Entry is free but you have to pay £15 for car parking
If you plan to stay the entire night then expect it to be freezing cold. 2am to 3am is usually the coldest time of night. People should bring many layers of clothing, hats, gloves, scarf, a small blanket (duvets are not allowed). The wind at the stones will blow right through you. It does not matter that it is June, we promise you it will be freezing. You need a mix of clothes that are warm by trapping air and clothes that can block wind. Many people get so fed up of the cold that they end up leaving the event early. Beaware that if you have a blanket - eveyone around you will try to grab a piece of it to stay warm, so you ideally need to have something that totally covers yourself like a poncho.
Prepare for any weather conditon, espacially rain. It has been known to rain for 6+ hours at Stonehenge non stop.
Bring a transparent plastic bag to put your smart phone into. This will allow you to read the screen whilst keeping it safe from rain. (many people have lost their Android and iPhones to water damage at past events)
There are extensive bag searches both by hand and sniffer dogs.
Alcohol is not allowed to be brought into the festival area after the car park.
You are allowed to bring non-alcoholic drinks to the stones and food.
You are not allowed to bring a tent or a sleeping bag.
The walk from the car park to the stones is very far - easily 30 minutes walk.
If you are planning to drive to the event and stay all night be careful that your driver gets enough sleep. Staying up all night and then driving back home when tired is extrmeley dangerous. We recommend your driver goes back to their car for some good quality sleep and wakes up in time for the sunrise then try to sleep on the cold ground at Stonehenge.
If you plan to meet a group at the event then we suggest picking a certain stone in advance to meet at.