Sunday 15th December 2013 at 4:30pm
Alban Arthan (Midwinter) Gathering
Join us at dusk on Sunday the 15th December 2013 to celebrate and honour the darkness of midwinter. The event is open to all, though is restricted to a maximum of 80 people by English Heritage, and therefore entry is by ticket only.
All tickets have now been claimed, and we are only accepting applications to be added to the waiting list. Please use the application form, link shown below.
Requests for tickets, which are issued free of any charge, should be made using the Midwinter Gorsedd 2013 ticket application form, at Midwinter Gorsedd ticket application form.
Other methods of application may result in delays and/or failure to secure your ticket. Please ensure you indicate how many tickets you require, the names of all those attending, your home address and the email to which tickets should be sent. By applying for tickets you will become an Associate Member of Cor Gawr, and are agreeing to the terms and conditions of access required by English Heritage.
Those wishing to attend are advised to order tickets as early as possible, as demand is always higher than the availability of tickets, resulting in disappointment for some. Applications are restricted to a maximum of four per person; please include the names of everyone you have booked tickets for in your request.
Please only order the number you really need, and if you are committed to attending. Each year a few folk fail to arrive, and that means others who wanted tickets but were unsuccessful have been prevented from attending. A ‘waiting list’ is always maintained, and where we are informed of ticket holders being unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances these can be re-allocated given sufficient notice.
Please note that tickets must be booked in advance, and cannot under any circumstances be picked up at the site. They must be brought with you to the Gorsedd as they contain a pass for the car park without which you will not be admitted. Tickets will be sent to successful applicants by email only, approximately the first week of December, which you must print and bring with you. Tickets must be brought with you to the Gorsedd as they contain a pass for the car park without which you will not be admitted. No postal applications will be accepted, and no pre-printed tickets will be issued.
With the opening of the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre interim access arrangements will be in place for this gathering, full details of which will be supplied when tickets are issued.Please ensure you fully read and understand the new arrangements as they will differ significantly from previous events. Access into the stones will be from 4:30pm-6:30pm, with exact timings for arrival and departure to follow. Exact parking and access arrangements are subject to change as the site will still be undergoing changes following the opening of new visitors centre. Please note that the A303 junction with the A344 is now closed, with access available only via the new Visitor Centre located at Airman’s Corner to the north of Stonehenge; please allow extra time for the implementation of new access arrangements and the new location of the car park.
Everyone is asked to bring offerings to the spirits of place, bread and mead for the shared feasting (mead must be in plastic bottles as glass ones will not be permitted within the Stones), and contributions to the eisteddfod – song, music, dance, poetry – should they wish. Please dress more warmly than you would expect!
Please remember that events organized for Stonehenge are always at risk of last minute cancellation by English Heritage (owing to any recent damage or risk of disturbance). If you are in any doubt as to whether the event is still happening, get in touch with Christine Cleere, Cor Gawr Lead Priest and Organiser via our contact form.
As we have exclusive access to the stones outside of normal opening hours we do make a contribution to English Heritage in recognition of the costs they incur to allow us entry at these times; we also have administration costs to cover as well. Donations are always welcome to help us cover the cost of these expenses, while any excess is donated to The Druid Network Tree Planting Fund, and other charities, and can be made using the Donate button below.
FFI about accommodation around Stonehenge see The Druid Network Accomodation page.