Sunday 20th December 2015 at dusk
Alban Arthan (Midwinter) Gathering
You are invited to join us at dusk on Sunday 20th December 2015 to celebrate and honour the darkness as we approach the longest night in the magical and sacred setting of Stonehenge. 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.
Requests for tickets, which are issued free of any charge, must be made using our Midwinter Gorsedd ticket application form from the 2nd November 2015. 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.
Any other methods of application may result in delays and failure to secure your ticket. Please ensure you indicate how many tickets you require, the names of all those attending, and your home address. 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.
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 if we are given sufficient notice.
Please note that tickets must be booked in advance, and cannot under any circumstances be picked up at the site. Tickets will be sent to successful applicants by email only, around 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.
Full details of arrangements and exact timings will be sent to successful applicants by email together with tickets.
Transport to and from the Temple will be provided.
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), as well as drums and contributions to the eisteddfod – song, music, dance, poetry – should they wish. Please dress more warmly than you would expect – midwinter on Salisbury Plain can and does get much colder than you imagine!
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.
We wish to thank The Druid Network for helping with some of the unavoidable expenses involved in the organising of the Gorsedd. The priests and organisers of the Gorsedd pay for all other expenses incurred from their own pocket, as a service to the wider community. Donations are always welcome to help cover the cost of administration, website etc. If you feel able to help with some of these costs, we are always most grateful and appreciative of your generosity . You can donate by visiting our Donations page. Thank you!
Bards of Cor Gawr Lead Priest and Gorsedd Organiser