Friday 16 December 2011

Pagan events over the Winter Solstice

Here are events in London and nearby over the Winter Solstice and before Yule that could be of interest to pagans.

Now to Sunday 9 September 2012; Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids. Free exhibition, coinciding with the publication of the book of the same name, bringing together 50 photographs taken by Sara Hannant of regional rituals performed throughout the year to mark the changing seasons. The photo at the top shows The Holly Man, one of the pictures at the exhibition. Location: Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ.For more details, visit

Saturday 17 December; Free and Open Gorsedd of Caer Abiri Winter Solstice (Alban Arthan) celebration at Avebury Sun Circle, in Avebury, Wiltshire. Open druidic style ceremony to mark the winter solstice. Meet at the Red Lion Pub, Avebury, around noon for rite at around 2pm, ending around 3.30pm. Bring bread, cakes and drink to share, bring poetry to read.

Sunday 18 December; Outdoor Yule / Winter Solstice Ritual with Hern’s Tribe in woods in Croydon. Time: 2.30pm - 6pm. Meet at 2.30pm at Coombe Lane tram stop in Croydon. Bring food and drink to share and torches and wear suitable outdoor clothing. For more details call 077689 41373 or visit

Sunday 18 December; Anderida Gorsedd Winter Solstice open ritual at the Long Man of Wilmington, Sussex. Meet near the car park between 1.30pm and 2pm for a walk up to the chalk hill figure at 2pm. Afterwards back to the Giants Rest pub in Wilmington for a social drink together.

Sunday, 18 December; Druidic Midwinter Ceremony on Primrose Hill with the Druid of Wormwood Scrubs. This is a free, open ritual but bring food for a picnic. The event starts at 12.45pm in the Hawthorne Grove on Primrose Hill, London NW1 8YH. For more details, call Jeremy on 07956 831503 during social hours.

Sunday, 18 December; Dawn of the Oak. Monthly moot on the third Sunday of each month that aims to provide a casual, safe and friendly environment for pagans to meet and learn from each other. Location: The Castle, 34-35 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 6DB Time: 3pm - 6pm.

Sunday, 18 December; Winter Solstice Workshop: Intensive One-Day Course on Symbolism, Folklore, Magic with Suzanne Corbie at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. 11am to 6pm. Tickets £35 advance booking essential with £20 deposit. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email:

Sunday, 18 December; Wheel of the Year Celebration for Yule at New Unity, the Unitarian Church, 277A Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2TZ. Time: 6pm. Website:

Monday, 19 December; Croydon Crows. PF moot held every 3rd Monday of each month at the Skylark pub, South End, South Croydon from 8pm onwards.

Monday, 19 December; Saturnalia at pagan forum Secret Chiefs. Venue: Devereux public house, 20 Devereux Court, off Essex Street, London WC2R 3JJ. Meet from 7.30pm, event starts at 8.30pm. Admission £2.

Monday, 19 December; Saturnalia at Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Chalton, Hants. Find out how the Romans celebrated Christmas before 336AD. For more details, call 02392 598838 or visit

Tuesday 20 - Wednesday 21 December; Tales of Winter Magic at Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Chalton, Hants. For more details, call 02392 598838 or visit

Wednesday 21 December; Saturnalia at The Moot with No Name. Venue: Devereux public house, 20 Devereux Court, off Essex Street, London WC2R 3JJ. For details visit

Wednesday 21 December; The Circle of Ankerwycke Yule Open Ritual. Location: Warysbury, near Staines. Places are very limited. For more information and to reserve a place, email Eileen at

Thursday 22 December; Pagan Federation London Yule / Winter Solstice Open Ritual by Tribe of Avalon. Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London. Doors open 7.30pm. Ritual starts at 8pm, feasting and social 9pm-10pm. Entrance: PF members/conc £5. All others £6. Please bring seasonal/home-made food and drinks to share at the feast after the ritual. For more information, visit the PFL website at

Friday 23 December; Cross Bones Solstice/Christmas Vigil and Ceremony to honour The Goose and the outcast dead of Cross Bones Graveyard. Seasonal songs and Santa cakes, bring a ribbon to deck the shrine. Gather from 6.45pm in Redcross Way outside the Memorial Gates, SE1, opposite the Boot and Flogger, just north of the junction with Union Street. Nearest tubes Borough or London Bridge, 5 minutes walk away. The event is free and starts at 7pm.

If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at Please also email me if you spot any errors in my listings.


Anonymous said...

Edinburgh open Winter Solstice Celebration.

Better late than never!

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