Avebury's stones are an inevitable focus for summer solstice celebrations coming up on June 20/21st. With that in mind, the National Trust is welcoming visitors while urging the use of public transport to reduce the impact on the environment and ease pressure on the stones' year round neighbours.
As in previous years, there will be no public parking in Avebury itself except on the limited National Trust parking area which serves the site.
While the Trust is not responsible for transportation, to help with access to the stones details of local routes and buses can be found on our website:
It's also important to note that there will be no access at all to the car park on June 20/21 for high-sided vehicles, including camper vans, caravans and motorhomes. To comply with an ongoing Enforcement Notice, the National Trust has installed a height barrier (see notes).
Once the parking area is full, there will be nowhere else to park in Avebury or the immediate surrounding areas of Beckhampton, West Kennet and Winterbourne Monkton. On-road parking is not permitted and anyone parking illegally is likely to receive a fixed penalty notice and/or have their vehicle towed away by the local authorities. Because of the Enforcement Notice there will be no provision for camper vans, caravans and other high-sided vehicles. Visitors are asked to look at alternative ways of coming to Avebury, such as the regular bus services from Swindon and Devizes.
The National Trust, which owns and manages Avebury, works in partnership with Wiltshire Police, Kennet District Council, Avebury Parish Council, English Heritage and Avebury Sacred Sites Forum to plan for these events.
Scott Green, National Trust Property Manager for Avebury, speaking on behalf of all the organisations, said: "We hope all those planning to come on the night of June 20th have a peaceful and enjoyable time and respect the village, the surrounding areas and the World Heritage Site. We very much want to repeat the success of last year's solstice observances, which were peaceful for the residents of the village and for those taking part."
The National Trust will be distributing Conditions of Entry details to ensure an enjoyable and safe Solstice and to minimise disruption to the village and its residents.
The National Trust, with other organisations and stakeholders, is still working towards a medium-term solution to parking and camping at Avebury, which it hopes will be in place in future years. An ongoing consultation process with stakeholders is underway on how best to work towards a consensual and sustainable solution to these twin issues.