At dawn on 21 June, the longest day of the year, sunrise gatherings take place around the country to revive the ancient tradition of celebrating the Summer Solstice. This tradition has been used as a way of celebrating a variety of things by different cultures but is often considered to be a celebration of nature and fertile, food-producing, earth.
The most famous celebration of the Summer Solstice takes place at Stonehenge, where thousands of people gather to watch the sunrise. English Heritage allows free access to the area around the monument from 7.00pm on Monday 20 June 2016.
Similar gatherings take place at nearby Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire and at Castlerigg Stone Circle in Cumbria. Other events and activities to celebrate the Solstice take place around the country.
Getting there: All of these locations are most easily accessed by car and parking is available. Get in touch if you would like some help arranging your Summer Solstice trip.