Friday 24th June 2016 at dawn
Alban Hefin (Midsummer) Gathering
Join us at dawn on Friday 24th June 2016 to celebrate and honour the sunrise on England’s traditional Midsummer’s Day in the magical and sacred setting of Stonehenge. The event is open to all, though is restricted to a maximum of 100 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 Midsummer Gorsedd ticket application form from the 18th April 2016.
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, 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.
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.We do monitor attendance, and we reserve the right to decline or defer applications from folk have been issued with tickets to prior events and who have then failed to attend without 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 June, 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.
Due to further changes in personnel and administrative organisation within English Heritage full details of arrangements are yet to be finalised and confirmed by English Heritage, but are expected to be broadly in line with previous years’ arrangements. Full details will be sent to successful applicants by email together with tickets.
Applicants should note the Gorsedd involves a very early start, and the temple is accessed by a walk of around 1.5 miles.
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,
There is very limited car parking available (maximum of 8 spaces) closer to the stones for those with disabilities and mobility problems. This is made available through the issue of special permits by English Heritage. If you wish to apply for one of these permits you should indicate this on the ticket application form, ensuring you have completed the section giving your vehicle registration number, and double checking your postal address is accurate and complete. English Heritage will issue these permits by post to successful applicants and will show the registration number of the vehicle. They will not be transferable. We will inform parking permit applicants whether they have been successful or not as soon as possible. get in touch with Christine Cleere, Cor Gawr Lead Priest and Organiser via our contact form.
The priests and organisers of the Gorsedd pay for all expenses incurred in organising and hosting the Gorsedd as well as maintaining this website 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 using the button below. Thank you!
FFI about accommodation around Stonehenge see The Druid Network Accomodation page.