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Thousands celebrate the winter solstice

Despite this morning's wind and rain, thousands gathered at Stonehenge to celebrate the winter solstice and see the sun rise on the shortest day of the year.

From here, the days get longer. But cloudy skies made for a gloomy sunrise at precisely 8:04am this morning.

But that didn't stop worshippers and partygoers from enjoying themselves. A warning Charlotte Saker's report contains flash photography.

Exciting find near Stonehenge could be under threat from road

An exciting new discovery in the area around Stonehenge could be under threat from a proposed upgrade to the A303.

Archaeologists have uncovered a stone age 'eco home' - built around the base of a fallen tree and using animal hides for cover.

At 6,000 years old, the site is more than 1,000 years older than Stonehenge, but experts warn that this site and others like it could be destroyed by a planned tunnel in the area.

Sam Holder explains in the video below:

Sam spoke to David Jacques (Archaeology project director, University of Buckingham) and Ian Wilson from the National Trust.


Stonehenge voted a "must see destination"

Stonehenge - Credit: ITV Meridian

The ancient landmark of Stonehenge has come second in a poll of the nation's 'must see destinations' for families. It was only beaten by the Lake District. In the voting Brighton Pier was second place where parents were most likely to have enjoyed with their children.

The Lake District was voted the most desirable destination with 61% of parents rating it `must see'. Stonehenge and Cornwall came second and third respectively.

The survey of parents with children under 16 was carried out by, a campaign spearheaded by the National Caravan Council and backed by The Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club.

While the Lake District ranks as the most desirable location, only 41% have actually been. Parents are more likely to have enjoyed Cornwall (50%) and Brighton Pier (49%) with their children.

Parents choose to holiday in the UK over trips abroad for the natural beauty of the region, to get on the beach and to be active as a family.

Children are guests of honour at Stonehenge

The children at Stonehenge Credit: English Heritage

For the first time in its 4,500-year-old history, children have been invited to step inside the stone circle at Stonehenge and discover it without any grown-ups, as part of English Heritage’s new Kids Takeover summer season.

To launch the season, English Heritage asked 1,066 children to help compile a list of fun activities to reflect history.

The wish was granted with the help of eight-year-old Thea Hunt, English Heritage’s first ever Child Executive Officer, and a selection of children from across the country.

New coach park approved for Stonehenge

A new coach park has been approved for Stonehenge Credit: PA

Stonehenge will soon be able to accommodate more visitors by bus after councillors agreed to build a new coach park.

English Heritage will convert farmland next to the existing coach park and will include walkways for pedestrians.

Councillors agreed it can operate for two years,


'Remarkable' findings at Stonehenge

Astonishing findings at Stonehenge Credit: Birmingham University

A host of previously unknown archaeological monuments have been discovered around Stonehenge as part of an unprecedented digital mapping project that will transform our knowledge of the iconic landscape – including remarkable new findings on the world’s largest ‘super henge’, Durrington Walls.

The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, led by the University of Birmingham in conjunction with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology, is the largest project of its kind.

Remote sensing techniques and geophysical surveys have discovered hundreds of new features which now form part of the most detailed archaeological digital map of the Stonehenge landscape ever produced. The startling results of the survey, unveiled in full at the British Science Festival, include 17 previously unknown ritual monuments dating to the period when Stonehenge achieved its iconic shape.

Dozens of burial mounds have been mapped in minute detail, including a long barrow (a burial mound dating to before Stonehenge) which revealed a massive timber building,

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Police praise Stonehenge sunrise revellers

Wiltshire Police have praised the thousands of people who attended the Summer Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge overnight. There were two dozen arrests for minor offences.

This year we estimate 36,000 people visited the stones throughout the night. There is always a small proportion of people who will try to break the law but I am satisfied that this was a successful policing operation and Wiltshire Police continue to facilitate a safe Solstice with our partners.

We are pleased that the Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge and Avebury have been enjoyable events for the majority of people attending. There were 25 arrests at Stonehenge and two at Avebury which were mainly for drug related offences.

The road system worked well with minimum delays and many people used the public transport as we advised people to do. Every year there are new challenges for us at Solstice but it is always a pleasure to see so many people enjoying the event.

– Wiltshire Police

Thousands celebrate at Stonehenge to welcome the longest day

Sunrise was welcomed by people from across the world at Stonehenge in Wiltshire Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The Summer Solstice has a long tradition of attracting people to monuments such as Stonehenge, off the A303, where latter-day Druids gather to witness the sun rising on the longest day. Police estimate 36,000 people attended the sunrise this year.

The sun rises above the pre-historic monument where more than 30,000 people had gathered Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Those camping at the stones overnight were given an array of menu options Credit: Andrew Matthew/PA Wire
English Heritage and the National Trust allow sunrise crowds among the stones Credit: Andrew Matthew/PA Wire
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