West Woods is famed for spectacular carpets of bluebells in spring.
Snowdrops (Galanthus) can be seen from late January depending on weather. The pretty flowers are one of the first to come out in the year and are a sign that spring is not so far away. Where to see them in Wiltshire: Stourhead, near Mere The grasslands are carpeted with snowdrops at this famous landscaped […]
English Heritage allowed public access to Stonehenge for the celebration of the 2013 Winter Solstice, the first day of the winter season. Sunrise was at 8.09am on Saturday 21 December and visitors were able to gain free access to the monument from around 7.30am. The exact time of the 2013 Winter Solstice, when the Earth’s axial tilt […]
Before sunrise on 21st December, thousands of people gathered at Stonehenge to mark the Winter Solstice. This year, the date also coincided with the end of the Mayan calendar. The Winter Solstice is one of the only times that the public are allowed into the stone circle itself and it is a very special time, […]
Despite heavy rain and a very muddy car park, around 14,500 people gathered at Stonehenge to mark sunrise on the longest day of the year. The moment of sunrise happened at 4.52am but because of the bad weather no-one could see the sun. That didn’t put anyone off their celebrations though and sunrise was welcomed […]
The Snowdrop Walk at Heale House is looking great. Although the bulbs have flowered earlier than usual this year the drifts of snowdrops (in places interspersed with bright yellow aconites) still look a wonderful sight. Follow the duckboard walkway as it winds through the woodland next to the River Avon and admire the view as […]
Druids and pagans were among those gathered at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain to celebrate the sunrise on the shortest day of the year. The weather was unseasonably mild which brought out record numbers of people who were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise over the ancient stones. Arch druid of the standing stones in Wiltshire, Rollo […]
The winter solstice will be celebrated on 22nd December. English Heritage will be allowing managed open access from 7.30am until 9am. Sunrise will be at 8.09 am. Winter solstice is a celebration of the shortest day of the year and the longest night. The days will then get longer as summer approaches. The actual date […]
June is the month for spectacular displays of poppies in the county. The flowers, often associated with Remembrance, look beautiful as they turn sections of the landscape scarlet.