Stonehenge's Summer Solstice Event Will Be Live Streamed For the First Time Ever

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Photo credit: NIKLAS HALLE'N - Getty Images
Photo credit: NIKLAS HALLE'N - Getty Images

From House Beautiful

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Wiltshire, England, and camp out overnight for Stonehenge's annual summer solstice event — which celebrates the official start of summer. However, this year's summer solstice, slated to begin at sunset on June 20, 2020 and conclude a little bit after sunrise on June 21, 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19. While this news might come as a disappointment to many, Stonehenge isn't letting the longest day of the year go unnoticed. For the first time ever, Stonehenge will be live streaming its entire event.

"We hope that our live stream offers an alternative opportunity for people near and far to connect with this spiritual place at such a special time of year and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year,” Stonehenge director Nichola Tasker told the Salisbury Journal. While many fans of the event are heartbroken over its cancellation (including Tasker herself) she advises "please do not travel to Stonehenge this summer solstice, but watch it online instead.”

Interested? Stonehenge has already created the official Facebook event here, where you'll also be able to watch the live stream the day of. According to the event's description, the live stream will start at least 30 minutes prior to Saturday’s sunset on June 20th, which will approximately take place at 21:26 BST (20:26 GMT). It will go until Sunday's sunrise on June 21st at approximately 04:52 BST (03:52 GMT). The best part about this livestream is that if you miss the event (aka fall asleep), you’ll be able to watch it later as the live stream will be saved as a video. That’s one benefit to a digital solstice event, right?

Stay tuned, guys! An official schedule will be released soon with more events.

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