The Late Movies: Summer Solstice at Stonehenge


Each year, thousands of people gather at Stonehenge to watch the sun rise on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The entire celebration is a day of diversity: Druids chant, Wiccan priestesses gather, drummers form circles, dancers of all genres perform, and revelers just take it all in. Here, we've rounded up videos of previous summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge. We'd love to hear from you in the comments if you've ever been there yourself.

Sunrise in 2009

An estimated 36,500 people arrived to watch the sun come up on the Summer Solstice in 2009. It looks like the best outdoor party in the world!

Dusk 'Til Dawn, 2010

This comprehensive video gives a good taste of the antics that occur during this celebration: drum circles, ceremonies, dancing, costumes, and more!

1987 Report on Stonehenge's Summer Solstice Celebration

Hippies and Druids cohabitate peacefully.

White Horse Morris Dancers

This all-male dance troupe uses bells and sticks to enhance their traditional step dancing.

Drum Circle

Hear the beats of a drum circle while taking in the gorgeous shots of Stonehenge on this special day.

Annual Druid Ritual

This ceremony—involving swords, solar crosses, speeches and handholding—occurs annually.