Summer solstice at Avebury 2014

This can be a dramatic place to celebrate the solstice

This can be a dramatic place to celebrate the solstice

Celebrations will take place in the Avebury stone circle 20–22 June 2014, culminating with sunrise on Saturday 21 June.

At the summer solstice, Avebury is expected to be busy and camping space is limited. We also expect our car park to be full very early. Alternatives to camping are very limited. We want you to come and enjoy a peaceful solstice but would ask you to consider using some of the other official campsites nearby or perhaps just make a short trip for the main celebrations to save having to camp overnight.

Avebury Manor will be closed from Friday 20 June to Sunday 22 June. The museum, café and shop will be open as usual.

Parking

On the A4361 just south of the stone circle is a pay and display car park. National Trust and English Heritage members can park for free. All proceeds from car park charges go towards the care of Avebury.

Parking charges:

  • £7 all day (9.30am to 6.30pm)
  • £4 after 3pm
  • Motorbikes free

The car park will be open from 9am on Friday 20 June 2014.

There is no on-road parking in Avebury itself or in the neighbouring villages of Beckhampton, West Kennet or Winterbourne Monkton. If you park illegally you may be subject to penalty fines or find your vehicle is removed by the local authorities. Silbury Hill car park will also be closed overnight during this period.

Please note that there is a height barrier in operation on the main car park over the solstice; there will be no access for any vehicle over 2.1m high. This will include camper vans, coaches and some 4x4s.

Information for people with disabilities

The stone circle is around 200m from the main car park. It is a further 150m to the Old Farmyard, where the Alexander Keiller Museum and other facilities are based. Blue Badge holders in cars can park for free in the main car park and the high street car park, which is closer to the celebrations in the stone circle.

Public transport

If you’re visiting Avebury at any time of the year, we encourage you to enjoy a car-free day out. During the summer solstice, it is especially vital to reduce our impact on the environment and the locality. Avebury is just half an hour away from Swindon train station by bus and is also on the National Cycle Network.

Route 49 runs hourly from Swindon and Trowbridge from early morning until early evening. Further information is available from Stagecoach.

A bookable service is provided by Connect 2 Wiltshire to Calne and Marlborough (advance bookings only, on 08456 525255).

Camping at Avebury

Camping spaces are extremely limited (just under 100 tents) and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The campsite is at the far end of the main car park in Avebury and opens at 9am on Friday 20 June. The campsite closes at, and must be cleared by, 2pm on Sunday. There is no charge for camping but campers with vehicles are obliged to purchase a valid parking ticket for every day that they stay.

Camper vans and mobile homes

Local authority regulations since 1 January 2007 prevent campervans, mobile homes, vans, coaches and other high-sided vehicles from entering the car park during solstice. This affects all vehicles over 2.1m in height, which may include some 4x4s and people carriers, so please check before arriving. Please consider alternative ways of reaching Avebury, such as the regular bus services from Swindon and Devizes.

No camping is allowed in vehicles in the main car park during solstice, as a condition of the enforcement notice of Kennet District Council imposed on 1 January 2007.

While we do not provide anywhere for camping in vehicles overnight, the following links may help you source available accommodation locally:

We want everyone who comes to Avebury to enjoy their visit. If you have any queries, please give us a ring on 01672 539250 or email us.