Stonehenge Winter Solstice Celebration 2018 - Free event
10 people attended with Yellow Canary
Groups gather to watch the sunrise
The stones bathed in sunshine from the winter solstice sunrise
A couple watch the amazing sunrise standing just outside the stones.
This year's Winter Solstice celebration took place at Stonehenge on Saturday 22nd December 2018. Mild weather and reasonably clear skies meant a really large turnout of people hoping to see a lovely solstice sunrise. We were not disappointed. Just after 8 a.m. the sun started to peak over the cloudy horizon creating a wonderful atmospheric sky. Unlike, the Summer Solstice where the sun rises in the north east over the Heel Stone, the winter sun rises in the south east. This means you are facing out towards the A303. With so many crowds in the stones its difficult to get a good view. So I took pictures of people outside the stones watching the sunrise. As usual there were an array of bright and colourful characters, many are regulars and appear in my photos over and over. This year we had a chicken (or was it a duck!) a unicorn and of course the human maypole. But the most important part of being at the stones is the wonderful healing energy you receive. Attending the four open managed access events each year at the solstices and equinoxes are the only way to enter the stone circle for free with no barriers. So I love to take groups of people along to experience the event as its totally free and open to all. This Winter Solstice, 10 of us attended and had a wonderful time.
Of course, it is now thought that Stonehenge was built to celebrate the Winter Solstice sunset which would make more sense as you would follow the avenue, a processional route down to the stones, arriving at the heel stone. From there you would look through a gap between the two largest stones in the inner horseshoe to see the sunset. Nowadays only one of the Great Trilathon stones still stands with the other and its lintel fallen over in front of it. You can clearly see the remaining standing stone of the Great Trilathon with its tenon in this picture below
View of Stonehenge from the heel stone clearly showing the one remaining stone of the Great Trilathon with its tenon. Photograph © L. Munday 2016