Five ways to enjoy the Summer Solstice and Midsummer

Stonehenge is not the only place to be this week, as Eleanor Daniel reveals five alternative ways to enjoy a week of long days and short nights


1. Avebury Henge


If you want to beat the crowds at Stonehenge this week, visit England’s largest Neolithic henge Avebury. Make the most of the long evenings with a walk to the Bronze Age burial gounds or just bring a picnic and watch the sun rise.

2. Bat and Moth night at Bantock Park

This Saturday 26th June, take part in a night bat and moth walk amongst the wide open spaces of Bantock Park. Free admission and suitable for the whole family, this is your chance to use a bat detector and take part in a moth survey. Booking is essential.

3. Philosophy for All South Downs 15 mile nightwalk

Philosophy for All regularly arrange walks for the philosophically minded or just simply if you want to enjoy the scenery. This midsummer’s walk meets at Hassock’s station at 20:36. It will take you from Hassocks to Brighton through the South Downs. The 15 mile walk will last the entire night before reaching your destination at sunrise.

4. National Trust Picnic Week

All this week is National Trust Great Picnic week in celebration of midsummer and its beautiful summer’s evenings and mornings. To celebrate the sunrise head down to Studland Beach and Nature Reserve and watch the sun rise out of the sea, followed by an open air champagne breakfast.

5. Midsummer’s Eve Bonfire ceremonies


The tradition of lighting midsummer bonfires has been revived by the Old Cornwall society. The Old Cornwall Societies hold midsummer’s eve bonfire ceremonies every year. This year there are several to choose from, including bonfires at Pencoose Farm in Redruth and at Carn Stabba in St Ives. All bonfires take place on 23rd June 2010.