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30,000 expected at Stonehenge for Summer Solstice

30,000 expected at Stonehenge for Summer Solstice Credit: PA

Around thirty thousand people are making their way to Stonehenge this evening to celebrate the annual summer solstice.

One of the largest numbers of people will be gathering overnight due to good weather and the event falling on the weekend.

Police are asking visitors to enjoy themselves - within the law.

The officer in charge, Supt Gavin Williams says his approach will be open and friendly - but robust - in the face of any troublemakers.

National Trust campsite full ahead of Summer Solstice

National Trust's Avebury campsite full ahead of Summer Sostice Credit: PA

Ahead of the Summer Solstice the National Trust reported that their campsite at Avebury was full within the first 30 minutes of being open this morning.

The Trust are now warning people to arrange their accommodation before setting off for Avebury.

If anybody is still thinking of heading for Avebury today or tomorrow, the National Trust would appeal for them to use public transport.

The National Trust has a small area of land which can be used for camping but it only allows for a little under 100 tents – the same area as was used in previous years. Because Avebury is a World Heritage Site and an important archaeological site, options are very limited.

– The National Trust

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People asked how best to protect Wiltshire's heritage

Stonehenge in Wiltshire Credit: David Davies/PA

People in Swindon are being asked for their views on the strategy to protect world heritage sites in Wiltshire.

The long term plan to protect Stonehenge and Avebury - two of the county's most important landmarks - will be revealed to the public at Swindon's Central Library. The consultation is an opportunity for the public to have their say on the plan - and comment forms will be available in the Regent Circus library.

Avebury's solstice campsite full up in 15 minutes

Every year, people gather at the prehistoric stone circle at Avebury to see in the solstice Credit: PA

A campsite for people celebrating the Summer Solstice at Avebury in Wiltshire opened this morning, and was full up within 15 minutes.

The site which is run by the National Trust opened at 9am. People are now being advised to arrange their accommodation before reaching Avebury.

Celebrations continue over tonight and tomorrow. The pagan festival marks the longest day of the year.

Avebury gets ready for the solstice

Every year, people gather at the prehistoric stone circle at Avebury to see in the solstice Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

It's the summer solstice on Saturday and campers will start arriving today at Avebury stone circle in Wiltshire. The National Trust has set space aside for 100 tents for people wanting to mark the pagan festival. The solstice marks the longest day of the year.

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