The National Trust have confirmed that neither Avebury nor its land across the Stonehenge Landscape, will be open for this year’s summer Solstice and are asking visitors not to travel to the area.

The celebrations which take place every midsummer, on or around the 21st June, regularly attract in the region of 10,000 people to Stonehenge and surrounding areas including Avebury. The National Trust’s priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff, volunteers, attendees and residents during the pandemic and this decision was made due to the on-going ban on mass gatherings, and the need to maintain social distancing.

The National Trust recognise the spiritual importance and relevance of the summer Solstice and understand that this will come as a great disappointment to many and they hope that this announcement will be received with the understanding of everyone who likes to celebrate this important time of year and traditional acts of worship.

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