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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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19th Century Stonehenge guide book goes on display

The oldest Stonehenge guide book from 1823 will go on display at a new exhibition today. Credit: English Heritage

A new exhibition opens today at the Stonehenge visitor centre looking back at the history of the site as a tourist attraction.

Objects on display include the oldest Stonehenge guide book from 1823, early 20th Century tickets, and souvenirs from over the years.

The exhibition will run until March.

Stonehenge. Credit: English Heritage

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Campaigners to protest against Stonehenge tunnel

Campaigners will begin a series of protests today against plans to build a tunnel under Stonehenge.

Members of the Stonehenge Alliance will meet at the British Museum this afternoon to oppose the plans to carve a tunnel to divert the A303 under the historic site.

The Alliance will be targeting popular heritage sites throughout the summer.

The plans hope to ease congestion and improve the landscape around the site

Plans for new car park at Stonehenge

The new visitor's centre has led to rising numbers of tourists Credit: David Davies/PA

Plans for a new car park at Stonehenge are to be submitted after English Heritage admitted the current one is too small.

The car park was part of a £27 million redevelopment in 2013. Since the new visitor centre a record 1.3 million people have visited the site, and staff say they are having to turn coaches away at peak times because they've reached capacity.

The new plans would double the number of coaches allowed at a time by building on a nearby field.

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.

"Heading towards the spring": twice the expected number at Stonehenge for solstice

6,400 people were at Stonehenge this morning to mark the winter solstice.

This is twice the number who participated last year - Stonehenge managers say because it is dry, and schools are out for Christmas.

Kate Davies, Stonehenge General Manager, talks more about the enduring appeal of this ancient tradition.

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