The sun’s up, the days are long and the evenings warm and sultry, it’s midsummer. From the ancient British Pagans through to us today, it’s a natural time of gathering, celebration, revelry with time to relax and enjoy with family and friends.

It’s just as well the days are at their longest, as Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve is your gateway to 320 acres of wildflower meadows, sea cliffs, woodland, superb coastal walking and spectacular views. The perfect place to start exploring Dorset’s spectacular and historic Jurassic coast, a ranger is always on hand to help you get the most out of your day.

Can you imagine a better way to experience the Summer Solstice then on the Beach in Newquay, Cornwall. Enjoy long summer days from dawn to dusk, discovering the joys of surfing the waves at the home of British Surfing with Cornish Wave. Whether you are a beginner who wants to give surfing a go for the first time, or looking to improve their surfing ability.

“The Natural Playground of the East Midlands”, with a perimeter of 23 miles, Rutland Water is the largest man-made lake in England, one of the largest in Europe, and considered one of the best designed and most beautiful wildlife havens. Set in over 4,000 acres of rolling countryside, there are plenty of activities to explore and enjoy around and on the water.

We couldn’t let the solstice pass without a bow to Stonehenge, the world’s most famous “astral clock” and synonymous with midsummer mysticism and ritual. Druids, revellers, worshippers, astronomers and the curious will be up before dawn on the solstice to catch the sun rising over the Heel Stone and its first rays shine into the heart of the circle.

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