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New ways Stonehenge could be used, No. 7 – for “gathering around” in the winter?

As this series has shown, we like the idea of Stonehenge as a gathering place, but the form of such gatherings remains a matter for debate, particularly with regard to winter solstice gatherings as their nature has been changing. Until recently just a few hundred people would attend and they’d all be highly respectful, but […]

New ways Stonehenge could be used, No. 6 – using it as intended!

Recent laser scanning provides strong evidence the Stonehenge builders made great efforts to enhance the view of the midwinter solstice sunset for those approaching along the Avenue from the north east. The largest, most uniform uprights were put there and surfaces facing that way were finely dressed. According to Professor Clive Ruggles the effect would […]

New ways Stonehenge could be used, No. 5: the annual lantern procession along The Avenue

Here is the FIFTH possibility (see our original article in which we asked for ideas. More please.) OK, it’s not quite new (it will be held a second time on 20th December 2012 ) but it’s so good we just had to mention it. A while back someone put in a Freedom of Information request to […]

New ways Stonehenge could be used, No. 4: Local events

Here is the FOURTH  possible suggestion (see our original article in which we asked for ideas. Please feel free to suggest more.) Returning to the inclusivity theme, couldn’t the needs and wishes of the local community be catered for at Stonehenge? After all, it is they that put up with extra traffic and disruption, arent they […]

New ways Stonehenge could be used, No. 3: National Celebrations!

Here is the THIRD possible suggestion we’ve had. (See our original article in which we asked for ideas. Please feel free to suggest more.) What more appropriate than that moments of great national celebration should take place at our national icon? New Year… Royal occasions… Famous birthdays… The Olympics (a bit late with that one). Massive […]

New ways Stonehenge could be used, No. 2: The Annual Stonehenge Festival of fire!

Here is the second possible suggestion we’ve had. (See our original article in which we asked for ideas. Please feel free to suggest more.) English Heritage were clearly delighted with the recent Fire Garden event (see the video here). No wonder. Everyone that attended loved it, no risks were taken and had they charged admission it […]

New ways Stonehenge could be used: No.1, Kites!

Here is the first possible suggestion we’ve had for using Stonehenge more extensively. See our original article here in which we asked for ideas. More please!

The case for making Stonehenge bigger

Now that millions of pounds worth of new infrastructure is in place at Stonehenge is it time to consider if the way it is used should be expanded? It’s going to remain a mass tick-box for the world’s tourists of course, plus it will host Solstice and Equinox gatherings, but is that it? Shouldn’t it […]

Stonehenge: This year’s lantern procession details

Last year saw a lantern procession at Stonehenge, “the first for centuries”  and we reported on what was a highly successful event.  We’re big fans as it seems such a respectful use of the monument and we included it in our series New Ways Stonehenge could be used. At the time we expressed the hope […]

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