Wiltshire Police call for safe and sensible Summer Solstice

By Barrie Hudson - 20 June 2022

Community

People preparing to travel to Wiltshire for Summer Solstice are being urged to mark the occasion safely and responsibly.

Wiltshire Police say they are aware that some people will want to travel to key sites in the county, such as Stonehenge and Avebury, for the Solstice, which will take place overnight until sunrise tomorrow - 21 June.

The force has been working closely with partners during the build up to the event to ensure the safety of those who wish to attend.

It is urging people to visit the websites and social media channels of both English Heritage (Stonehenge) and the National Trust (Avebury) for the latest information - and to be aware that Wiltshire Council has closed The Ridgeway at Overton Hill to vehicles until 30 June.

In addition, the High Street in Avebury will also be closed to anyone other than residents until noon on Wednesday, 22 June.

More information about road closures can be found on Wiltshire Council's website.

Supt Conway Duncan said: “We know that Summer Solstice is a very important date in the calendar for many people, who will be planning to travel to Wiltshire to mark the occasion.

“Due to the pandemic, this is the first time in a few years that people will be able to return to Stonehenge for Solstice and we have been working hard to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

“Please make sure you are aware of any parking restrictions, road closures and travel plans in advance to minimise disruption for yourself and other attendees.

“We would urge everyone to act responsibly and enjoy Summer Solstice in a safe and positive way.”

English Heritage will be showing a live stream of the sunset and sunrise at Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice. Further details on Stonehenge celebrations can be found at www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/things-to-do/solstice/

 

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