What (and what not!) to bring
To help you have an enjoyable time at Summer Solstice and to speed up the security process on arrival, please read the following information carefully before deciding what to wear and what to bring with you.
This year, there will be plenty of additional safety measures in place and we do ask that anyone who is thinking of coming, check here for details of these along with precautionary health measures and the usual conditions of entry. Anyone arriving on 20 June can expect to see socially distanced queuing, hand sanitiser stations, and reminders to keep your distance and to stay within groups of fewer than 30. Catering outlets will all operate under Covid-secure arrangements.
We are asking everyone who attends to be considerate of their own safety and that of those around them, to respect the stones and remember that this is a spiritual occasion for many.
Sensible shoes and warm clothing recommended
The Solstice Car Park and Stonehenge are fields and sensible footwear is essential. Make sure you wear, and bring with you, warm clothing as even in June the weather at Stonehenge can be very cold and damp. A small umbrella might be a good idea, although do be aware that large umbrellas are not permitted. Please do not wear a hi-viz jacket as this can cause confusion with safety officials.
We recommend bringing a small torch for walking to the monument from car parks and drop off points.
Travel light and leave valuables at home
Additional security measures will be in place at Summer Solstice in accordance with the current terrorism threat level.
Only small bags (approx. 30cm x 25cm x 15cm) will be allowed into the Monument Field and searches will be conducted. We strongly advise you to only bring essential items with you. Any items that are illegal will be confiscated and your entry refused.
English Heritage accepts no liability for any loss of, or damage to, property arising in any way whatsoever whilst at Stonehenge or in the Solstice Car Park.
Glass is not allowed at the Monument as many people walk barefoot and, also livestock and wildlife graze in the area. If you bring any glass items with you they will be confiscated. This also includes any other objects that could cause damage to the Monument or people there. To make arrangements to bring ceremonial mead to Solstice, please contact customer services.
Keep pets at home
Please do not bring dogs, pets or other animals to Stonehenge. They are not permitted into the Monument Field, with the exception of assistance dogs for blind, deaf and disabled people. Apart from potentially upsetting wildlife and stock in the area, animal faeces present a health risk to children and also to people walking barefoot.
No naked flames
Due to the large number of people in attendance, naked flame is extremely dangerous at Solstice. It also infringes local bylaws/regulations and constitutes a potential fire hazard, so please do not light any fires – this includes BBQs, flaming torches, candles, night-lights, Chinese lanterns or fireworks.
Sleeping and camping
In the interests of safety, sleeping bags or duvets are not allowed, but you are permitted to bring a small ground sheet or blanket. Please do not bring chairs (unless used as a recognised disability aid) and shooting-sticks are not permitted.
Sleeping on the ground creates a trip hazard especially as much of the access is during the hours of darkness. Also, people asleep on the ground could interfere with the work of the emergency services and hinder their ability to attend an incident. If you do want to sleep during the access period, it is strongly recommended that you either return to your vehicle in the Solstice Car Park or go to one of the public gathering areas outside the Monument.
Camping (including erecting any tented structures), fires or BBQs are NOT allowed at Stonehenge, in the Solstice Car Park, or anywhere in the surrounding National Trust land.
Bladed or sharply pointed items
Objects with a sharp point or sharp edge capable of being used to cause serious injury will not be permitted.
Unauthorised drones are not permitted anywhere on site. Wiltshire Police and English Heritage may be flying drones during solstice but no other drones will be allowed.
The following ceremonial items are permitted:
- Glass bottle of mead and up to two glasses - To make arrangements to bring ceremonial mead to Solstice, please contact customer services before 18 June 2021.
- Smudge sticks
- Incense sticks (not loose incense and charcoal burners)
The following items are not permitted:
- Tea lights
- Charcoal Burners