Thursday 19 June 2014

Pagan Events and Festivals for the Summer Solstice

Here are some of the pagan events taking place over the Summer Solstice and for the week ahead. Some are in London and some are in other parts of southern England including the famous stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury.

Friday 20 June-Saturday 21 June; Stonehenge, the 5,000-year-old megalithic monument on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, is the most famous place in England to celebrate the solstices. Sunset on Friday 20 June 2014 is at 9.26pm, Sunrise on Saturday 21 June 2014 is at 4.52am. Entry is normally restricted although English Heritage, which manages the site, will be providing what it calls "managed open access" to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice. English Heritage allows individuals and groups to conduct their own ceremonies and rituals during the opening times, from 7pm on 20 June until 8am on 21 June. No camping is allowed. There is a car park half a mile from the stones, but it is more environmentally friendly and probably easier to use public transport to get there, buses run from Salisbury railway station. For details about access to the stones, visit:

Friday 20 June; Love Magic in Seventeenth-century England. Lecture by Alexander Cummins, author of The Starry Rubric: Seventeenth-Century English Astrology and Magic.Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £7, advance booking recommended. For further details:

Saturday 21 June; The Summer Solstice Festival at Stone Cross, Sussex, with Pentacle Drummers. Venue: Stone Cross Nurseries, Dittons Rd, BN24 5ET Pevensey, East Sussex. Time: 10m - 10pm. Tickets £8/£4.

Saturday 21 June; Midsummer Meditation at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. Gathering at the Well Head at 12pm for celebration and meditation until 12.30pm, then gather on the lower lawn for quiet conversation. Free admission from 10am until noon, then normal price admission. For more details about Chalice Well, visit the website

Saturday 21 June; Open Solstice Ritual at Avebury, hosted by The Cauldron of Cerridwen. This is a family friendly ritual, starting at noon, to celebrate midsummer and the sun. Meet in the stone circle directly opposite the Red Lion pub, and if you are struggling to find the group, they say they will be dressed in black and looking warm! This is a chance to have fun and make new friends. For more information call Sian on 07746365980 or email:

Saturday 21 June; Free and Open Gorsedd Summer Solstice Rite at Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire. Open Druidic style ceremony to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Meet at the Red Lion pub from Noon for ceremony at 1.30pm until 3pm. Free event - offerings of song, poetry, cake, mead are welcomed. Camping is available on the Friday and Saturday nights.

Saturday 21 June; Solstice Walk starting at Camelot Moat in Trent Park and finishing at Forty Hill
 EN2 9HA. Forty Hall Learning and Conservation Officer Jason Peters will be leading a wildlife and heritage tour along Turkey Brook and the Estate. Walk lasts 2 hours 30 minutes, 7.30pm start. Free event but booking essential.

Saturday 21 June; Summer Solstice Ceremony, Sound Healing and Community Gathering organised through the London College of Spirituality. Composer and Sound Healer Tim Wheater and Cherub Sanson will be leading the ceremony. Venue: Conference Room, Nutford House, Nutford Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 5UL. Time 2pm-6pm. Cost £33. More information and tickets:

Saturday 21 June; Open Pagan Summer Solstice ritual at Lewisham Unitarian Church, in the garden, led by Yvonne Aburrow. The ritual will be participatory. Time: 7pm. For more details:

Saturday 21 June; Welcome in the Summer at the Ankerwycke Yew in Staines. The Circle of Ankerwyck are blessed with a wonderful ancient Yew tree, thousands of years old. The open circle meets to celebrate the turning of the year in this sacred and special place. Event Location: Magna Carta Lane, Wraysbury, Staines, Surrey TW19. Time: Meet at 7.30pm for 8pm start. There is a small free NT car park, good public transport to Staines, local bus to Wraysbury and lifts can be provided from Staines or Uxbridge if needed. Phone 07735528320 or email

Sunday, June 22; London Pagan Pride Parade and Hern's Tribe Midsummer Ritual. Venue: Red Lion Square outside Conway Hall (25 Red Lion Square), London WC1R 4RL. Time: 11.30am to 3pm. Free event. More details on:, and

Sunday 22 June. Fairy Festival at Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Chalton, Hants. For more details and to book tickets call 02392 598838 or visit

Sunday 22 June; Midsummer on Primrose Hill with the Loose Association of Druids. Open ritual hosted by Jeremy Morgan, the Druid of Wormwood Scrubbs. Venue: The Hawthorne Grove, Primrose Hill, Regents Park, London NW1. Meet at 12.30pm for a 1pm start, ends at around 2.30pm. Nearest tube: Chalk Farm.

Sunday 22 June; Dragons and Initiates. Lecture by Janet Hoult. Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA. Time: 6pm-7.30pm. Fee £7/£5, TS members: £4. Website:

Sunday 22 June; Summer Solstice. Evening service led by the Wheel of the Year Group at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrim's Place, London NW3 1NG. Time: 7pm.

Monday 23 June; Crossbones Vigil to honour The Goose and the outcast dead of Cross Bones Graveyard. Bring a flower, a ribbon, a totem or memento to tie to the shrine. Gather from 6.45pm for a 7pm start in Redcross Way outside the Memorial Gates, SE1 1TA, opposite the Boot and Flogger pub, just north of the junction with Union Street. Nearest tubes Borough or London Bridge. The event is free, but donations are welcome. For more details, visit

Monday 23 June; Psychic Circle run by Shamanic Spirit at a venue in Croydon, South London. The circle is held on Mondays fortnightly starting at 7.30pm. Cost £5. For more details and to book places call 07952 041477. For more information, visit

Monday 23 June; Special Event: Talk, Concert and Book Launch – PF Sloan, author of What's Exactly the Matter with Me?: Memoirs of a Life in MusicVenue: Alternatives, St. James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL. Time: 7pm to 9pm. Tickets £25 stalls/£20 gallery. To book tickets and for more info visit the Alternatives website:

Tuesday 24 June; Wisdom that Works - The Shaman’s Way. Lecture with Davina MacKail. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm-8.30pm. Cost: £10/£12 Advance booking advised. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit

Tuesday 24 June; Chertsey Moot. A social moot held on the last Tuesday of the month at the Golden Grove pub, Ruxbury Road, St Annes Hill, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 9EN. All welcome. From 8pm to 11pm. For more details, email:

Wednesday 25 June; Midsummer Day's Drinks at The Hare sarsen stone in the grounds of The Hare Pub, Old Redding, Harrow Weald, HA3 6SD. Time: 6pm. More details:

Wednesday 25 June; Wild Hunt at The Woodman, Woodmansterne, Woodmansterene Street, Banstead SM7 3NL.

Thursday 26 June; PFL Summer Solstice Open Ritual facilitated by Jocelyn Chaplin and the Serpent Institute. Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn London. Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start. Ritual ends around 9pm followed by feasting until 10pm. Entrance: £6/£5 PF members. Please bring seasonal food and drinks to share at feast after ritual. For more details, visit

Thursday 26 June; Blacksmiths in English Lore. Lecture by Pete Jennings, author of Blacksmith Gods: Myths, Magicians and FolkloreVenue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £7, advance booking recommended. For further details:

Thursday 26 June; Gary Lachman on Colin Wilson at London Fortean Society. Venue: Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NR. Time: 7.30pm - 10.30pm. Entry: £3/£2 concessions. For more details, visit

Friday, 27 June; Book Launch: Tara Morgana by Paul Holman. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7pm start. Free entry but advance booking essential. For further details:

Friday, 27 June - Sunday 30 June; The Kith of Yggdrasil Althing 2014. Three-day Heathen event with Blots, workshops, talks and more. Moat Mount Outdoor Centre, Barnet Way, Mill Hill, London NW7 5AL. Starts: noon Friday. Prices are £10 per day for Saturday and Sunday. 12 to 17 years old pay half price and must be accompanied by an adult, and under 12s have free entry. No fee for Friday and Monday. Camping:£5 per person per night. For information and booking contact:

Friday 27 June; The Call: Living Life Whilst There’s Still Time. Talk by K.O'Hara and R.Ogunlaru with the London College of Spirituality. Venue: Westminster Quaker Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens, off St Martins Lane (alleyway between Gymbox and Cote Brasserie) London WC2N 4EA. Time: 7pm. Price: £6. For more details and to book places visit

Friday, 27 June; Sound Bath with Gongs with Diana Vernon (MCSH). The sound bath offers an unforgettable sound experience for those who seek deep relaxation, rejuvenation and acceleration of their inward journey. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16.Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm-8.30pm. £10 members/£12 non-members. For details tel: 020 7589 3292 or visit

Saturday 28 June; Awaken to Wicca and Witchcraft run by Shamanic Spirit at a venue in Croydon, South London. Time: 2pm-7pm. Cost £40. For details and to book places call Megan on 07952 041444. For more information, visit

Saturday 28 June; Cobwebs N Cauldron Magic of Nature Workshop. Venue: Cobwebs n Cauldrons, 43 Market Place, Romford, RM1 3AB. Time: 1.30pm. £30 per person. All bookings through Cobwebs n Cauldrons, tel: 07786 328908.

Saturday 28 June and Sunday 29 June; The Kith of Yggrasil Althing 2014, Annual two-day pagan and heathen camping moot with talks and workshops. at Moat Mount, Barnet Way, Mill Hill, London. Starts 9am. Prices: £10 per day for Saturday and Sunday. Camping: £5 per person per night. Details:

Sunday 29 June; Uniting Aphrodite, Uniting Self - Women's Day Long Workshop to Cultivate Love and Wholeness. One-day workshop with Marguerite Rigoglioso, author of The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece.Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Tickets: £60 before June 1; £70 after. For more details and to buy tickets visit

Sunday 29 June; Greenman Walk organised by The Goddess Foundation. This is a family event that takes place every summer. Meet at 11am in the car park of Whiteways in Arundel, Sussex. It is an event for all of the family to celebrate Summer Solstice. Bring a picnic, go for a walk and take part in a quiz. No charge, but donations greatly appreciated. For more details, contact The Goddess Foundation via its website:

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