The autumnal equinox falls on September 23rd in 2017, marking the official first day of Autumn as well as the pagan holiday, Mabon.
A time for Pagans to reflect on the past season, the Autumn Equinox otherwise known as Mabon or Harvest Home is celebrated when day and night is of equal duration before descending into increasing darkness. What better place to celebrate this time of year than visiting the monument of Stonehenge.
Mabon is a harvest festival, the second of three, that encourages pagans to "reap what they sow," both literally and figuratively. It is the time when night and day stand equal in duration; thus is it a time to express gratitude, complete projects and honor a moment of balance.
Some pagans mark the holiday by enjoying rich feasts with seasonal foods like apples, pomegranates and root vegetables. Many also observe rituals honoring the goddess' transition from mother to crone.
Autumn Equinox Tour Highlights:
- Celebrate the 2017 Autumn Equinox at Stonehenge on a tour from London or Bath
Walk inside the UNESCO-listed stone circle and get up close to the ancient stones
Soak up pagan celebrations taking place
The small group 'non-obtrusive' nature of this tour means you can have a real authentic experience, a great photo opportunity and valuable insight into ancient Britain.
AUTUMN EQUINOX TOUR ITINERARY:
Depart central London at approx 4.30am. Coach Travel to Stonehenge with guide and spend 1 - 2 hours inside the circle and witness the sun rising, Druid Ceremony and festivities. Back to London / Bath by 11am
* This time may vary depending on the access time granted by English Heritage
This is not like our traditional guided 'Private Access' tour. Although this tour is guided it does not visit other attractions and is not everyone's cup of tea, however those who do participate will never forget it and will surely 'tell the tale' for many years to come......
For those of you who have not visited this sacred site, we should mention that the complex is roped off. Visitors observe the stones from a distance and are not permitted within the temple complex..........our 'Autumn Equinox tour allow you to be amongst the stones before the site is open to the general public.
N.B. With this exception English Heritage do not allow any other 'private access' tours during this period
English Heritage has not confirmed the date for Open Access for Stonehenge on the Autumn Equinox yet, but most likely this will be dawn on the 22nd September. Expect a short period of access, from approximately 7.00 to 9.00am. They work closely with agencies, and people from all sectors of the community, in order to create a peaceful occasion - ensuring an event that can be safely enjoyed by all and protects Stonehenge and its surrounding Monuments.
This tour is designed for people staying in London without their own transport and offers great value. Visiting Stonehenge for the Equinox from London / Bath would be virtually impossible by public transport.
Price: £99 per adult (London departure)
(£89 per child aged 3-16 years)
Price: £79 per adult (Bath departure)
(£69 per child aged 3-16 years)
(Includes return transport from London or Bath, expert guide services and entrance to Stonehenge)