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Summer Solstice Festival 2018

We hold our 10th Stonehenge Campsite Summer Solstice Festival on 18th - 21st June 2018.

Our Solstice Festival is the one and only camping and live music event within the vicinity of Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice.

Visit our SolsticeFest website and Facebook page to get the vibe and learn more about this unique event, and go ahead and join us on Instagram.

We have created an increasingly popular annual four day mini-festival with a wonderful vibe for those wishing to peacefully celebrate the Solstice season in the relaxed and magical atmosphere of Salisbury Plain itself. We grow every year and our live entertainment is becoming increasingly well known throughout the area for its inspirational range of artists and for representing the best of our local talent, as well as playing host to niche international acts who go on to Glastonbury to perform during the following week.

We offer a central hub of entertainment at our Events Barn, from early afternoon each day through until late.

We attract a range of on-site caterers who provide delicious food throughout the festival, including high-quality vegetarian and vegan options, craft beers and cider.  We run an all day fully licensed bar and provide excellent live music. We have a large communal fire pit to create a wonderful atmosphere around the site, as people gather to talk and play music each evening. (No other fire pits are allowed during the Solstice time)

We are the closest site to Stonehenge, being only 2.2 miles by road (A303) to the Stonehenge Visitor Centre car park and 4.5 miles walking to the stones themselves. We are the only dedicated Stonehenge Summer Solstice Festival that allows camping en masse and are the main campfire and food festival for the Solstice.

All our Pods, motorhome and hard-standing pitches and grass camping pitches will be available to book during the festival and as soon as bookings go live we will announce on our summer solstice-stonehenge campsite facebook page.

 If our pods are booked up and you don't fancy camping we also have two further 'glamping' options.

1) A new option to book a Pod Pad direct through PodPads.com - please visit their website for further information.

 2) An option to book with Bath Bell Tents for a 4m or 5m bell tent, furnished or unfurnished.  Please visit their website for further details - click here.

Campsite Facilities - 18 reasons to come in 2018​​​​

  • The unique atmosphere - we have been featured live on several news programmes  including ABC News, Sydney, Australia & in the Guardian and Telegraph's 'Events' listings
  • Meeting new friends - many of our guests return year after year for this reason
  • Excellent evening entertainment - fire twisters & high quality music
  • The closest site to Stonehenge - less than 4.5 miles to the Stones themselves. 
  • Level grass pitches on 4 acre site - see our photography gallery for more​ Communal campfire which sits 40 - 50 people (singers please bring your musical instruments)
  • Safe and secure site with 24 hour security
  • Excellent relaxed, friendly atmosphere with people returning year after year
  • Public transport to site - train to Salisbury & No 2 bus to NEW campsite bus stop
  • Private shuttle bus service to and from Stones on the night of the Solstice - from 9pm - 11pm and 5am - 7am. (These hours are to avoid gridlock on roads.) 
  • There are 4  excellent pubs (The Solstice Rest, The Boot Inn, The Rainbow on the Lake​​​​​ & The Swan at Stoford)​ within 7 - 45 min walks respectively 
  • Easy to get to by road, taxi or bus (No 2 from Salisbury & Devizes)
  • Extra large shower block and toilets provided especially to cater for the festival!  Our normal facilities will be closed.  
  • We have zero tolerance of anti social behaviour and no amplified music is allowed, making it a very special and enjoyable event. Why not read some of last year's testimonials on Facebook?
  • Fully licensed bar with real ale and cider festival Special food - Pizza, Pork, Chicken, Vegetarian/Vegan available 18th to 22nd June (breakfast only on 22nd June)
  • Small amount of select trade stands. Please contact Liane on 07786 734 732 to reserve a pitch
  • Pre order BBQ food from Berwick Farm Shop - please call Marilyn on 01722 790490.
  • Only small gas BBQs allowed.
  • Popular Yoga workshop at 11am each morning 19th - 21st

Our local farm shop in Berwick can also supply some very special pre ordered BBQ food - Marilyn's Sausages are legendary! Call the Berwick Farm Shop on 01722 790490 to pre book your food

Cost

Cost is £110 per head for your ticket to the festival. Bring a tent smaller than a mega tent or a VW Camper van size vehicle and your pitch will be free of charge! These pitches are in the field and do not include electricity. Your ticket entitles you to all four nights of our Festival but if booking a pod or a hard standing pitch with electricity extra charges will then apply. This is fully inclusive of the shuttle bus to and from the stones, free daily yoga lessons and free healing workshop with reike and healing sound. You may choose to visit Avebury Stone Circle for the Solstice Sunrise but charges for the coach will apply.

 

A child's ticket is £30 for the Festival (Under 14).  14 years and over are charged at adult prices.  Extras such as gazebos and awnings are charged at £10 per night. Extra cars are charged at £20 per car (to is to keep traffic down as the site gets very busy)

 Morning yoga, our healing tent and all roving entertainment are included in your festival price.

Travel to Stonehenge

Shuttle Bus Transport

We organise a 29 seater shuttle bus to run campers up to the Stones between 9pm - 11pm and back between 5am-7am. This is free and included in your ticket price. You will be offered at time of booking an option to go the Avebury Stone Circle instead but there will be a charge of £25.00 per person for this. 

Walking

It will take you about 2 hours to walk 5 miles in daylight or 3 hours in the dark. Please do not walk up the A303... it's not safe! There is a much nicer route across country. Even better, you can just take our free private shuttle bus.

Taxi

The charge to the Stones one way ranges from £15 - £20 for 4/5 people, so about £3-4 a head. These can be pre booked from our campsite. Call Value Cars on 01722 50 50 50 to book or Google/Yellow pages for other taxi firms.

Drive

You can drive and park at the Solstice car park (3miles / 10mins), but it can be very difficult getting in and out at peak times as over 30,000 people visit the event. If you do decide to drive, please note there can be grid lock between 7am - 9.30am. Please note we are short of car parking space so please car share or leave the car at the Stones or at home or come by bus! We have a maximum of 150 car parking spaces.

SUMMER SOLSTICE INFORMATION (Provided by English Heritage)

Stonehenge is an ancient prehistoric site which has been a place of worship and celebration at the time of Summer Solstice for thousands of years.  This important site is seen by many as a sacred site – please respect it and please respect each other.

English Heritage is pleased to provide free Managed Open Access to Stonehenge for Summer Solstice and ask that, if you are planning to join us for this peaceful and special occasion, you follow the Conditions of Entry by following the link below.

We have a duty of care to ensure your safety and are also responsible for looking after the Stonehenge monument itself. During the Summer Solstice access to Stonehenge, we support all individuals and groups conducting their own forms of ceremony and celebration providing that they are mutually respectful and tolerant of one another.

The Conditions of Entry are written to ensure enjoyment and safety for everyone. Please make sure you read them before deciding to come to Stonehenge for Summer Solstice. Contravention of any of these conditions will result in entry being refused or your removal from Stonehenge. English Heritage reserves the right to refuse entry.

Please connect here to the English Heritage site for further information

Important Healthy and Safety Statement

Please bring a torch and head lights so you can see in the night (and eat your carrots) and rain coat and boots in case of rain. We have done a risk assessment of the site in particular for campers, staff, fire, electricity (we have an electric certificate in place), water (mains), pollution, insurance and first aid. Measures are in place for all of the risks agreed with H&S following their inspection.

Please contact William Grant the site safety officer for any further information.

Safety off site

All Campers are to act and drink responsibly, particularly near the campfire and electricity points for their own and others safety.

Staff will be patrolling for any unsafe activities!

We have 100% safety record over the last 5 years - please help us to keep it.

Health & Safety Policy

Your safety and that of your family and fellow campers during our Solstice Festival are very important to us - please ensure you and your fellow campers take every precaution to prevent accidents and help us to ensure we maintain our excellent 100% safety record. Please report any dangerous activity.

  • 6 metre rule - please ensure all units are 6 metres apart (3m for families and groups).
  • Speed limit is maximum 5mph - please drive slowly and safely when on site. Please take care when entering the A303 & B3083 from the campsite by road.
  • No campfires or BBQ's will be allowed
  • No Dogs allowed
  • We have a 16 amp electricity supply which is tested annually and has an electricity certificate to accompany it. (Hard standing pitches only).
  • There are 5 fire points clearly marked. Our fire fighting equipment is tested annually and has a fire certificate to accompany it. The fire risk assessment was produced in September 2011 and has been updated every 6 months.
  • Please take care around our horses and cows and wash your hands before eating.
  • The risk assessment was produced in September 2009 and has been updated every 6 months.
  • The first aid kit is kept in the Campsite office and in the Bar.
  • The emergency telephone can be located in reception and the washing up barn. Tel No 01722 792750
  • The safety officer can be contacted via the onsite wardens

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