Summer Solstice 2021 - National Trust facilities at Avebury closed overnight

sunrise

There will be no extended or overnight opening of facilities provided by the National Trust over the Summer Solstice weekend (19 - 22 June 2021). There will be no camping or overnight stays allowed and there will be a height barrier on the car park of 2.1m and no vehicles adapted for sleeping will be admitted.

The visitor car park, toilets, and catering outlets will only open for their standard daytime opening hours.

The decision not to facilitate extended opening hours has been made in line with current government guidelines and to protect the local community from the impact of large gatherings of people. 

The layout and location of National Trust facilities and the nature of the village of Avebury means that we cannot enable the social distancing of large groups.  

Our priority is always to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff, volunteers, attendees and residents, and we believe the best way to do this is to continue to follow the guidance on mass gatherings, which will remain in place until at least the Solstice weekend.

Before making this decision we consulted widely with our partners, including the local communities, Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire Council and we join them in asking people not to visit Avebury and the surrounding areas for Solstice celebrations.

Virtually experience the Summer Solstice

English Heritage will be live-streaming the sunrise from Stonehenge for free on their social media channels or go to https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/things-to-do/solstice/ 

Thank you for your understanding

We recognise the spiritual importance and relevance of the Summer Solstice and understand that this might be disappointing for some. We thank everyone for their understanding and hope to welcome summer solstice visitors back next year.