Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s Winter Solstice at Stonehenge will be live-streamed on the morning of December 21 – following the cancellation of the traditional gathering at the stones.
The stones of Stonehenge have silently marked the winter solstice for thousands of years. This year they can mark the celebration virtually from homes across the world.
December 21 marks the shortest day of the year and the longest night. The solstice sunset celebrates the arrival of longer days. It is an incredible natural phenomenon for everybody to enjoy.
During the solstice, the earth’s axis is tilted at its furthest point from the sun. This means that, for Scotland and the UK in the northern hemisphere, the sun is at its lowest point in the sky.
In a year that has flown by, taking the opportunity to really enjoy the magic and significance of the passing seasons is a really rewarding and free event to take advantage of. It will be easy and free to watch on the English Heritage social media channels.
Stonehenge hopes to welcome crowds back for the Summer and Winter Solstice in 2021.