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5,000 expected for winter solstice at Stonehenge

Last year's winter solstice celebrations at Stonehenge Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Druids and pagans are expected to be among thousands of people travelling to Stonehenge this morning to witness the sunrise on the shortest day of the year.

Last year, hundreds dressed in medieval clothing to celebrate the solstice, which marks the latest dawn and the point when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky.

The sun will rise over Stonehenge in Wiltshire at 8.04am this morning and English Heritage, which looks after the prehistoric monument, says it expects 5,000 people to attend the celebrations.

Ozzy Osbourne filming at Stonehenge for TV series

Heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack have been out filming in the West Country. The reality TV star Tweeted about his visit to the ancient monument. It is believed the pair are making a TV series in the region but they have not said exactly what is involved.

Jack described the day as "getting our history lesson on".

The Osbournes were also spotted filming on Portland - they dropped into a local stone company while they were there.

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Stonehenge named one of the world's top destinations

Stonehenge has been rated one of the world's must-sees. Credit: English Heritage/PA Wire

Stonehenge has been rated one of the 500 best places to visit in the world.

Travel guide Lonely Planet has put Wiltshire's towering ancient monument at number 62. The number one spot was taken by the temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

The Ultimate Travelist is being published today, and has a reputation as a dream to-do list for many travellers.

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.

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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

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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