Celebrate the ancient Celtic festival of Beltane at Thornborough Henge in North Yorkshire

Sunday 5th of May 2019
(May Day Bank Holiday weekend)
Ceremony starts at 12 noon
FREE entry for day visitors

The circular earthworks known as 'henges' were the cathedrals of Stone Age Britain. At Thornborough, three giant henges where built 5,000-years-ago, to form a single ritual complex, making Thornborough Henge one of Britain's most important prehistoric sacred sites.

Each year we gather at this special place to celebrate the festival of Beltane that marks the beginning of summer: To connect with the land, with each another, and with the rich spiritual traditions of our ancestors.

Day visitors

Entry to day visitors is FREE of charge. There is no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day.

The event is suitable for people for all ages, and we particularly welcome those attending for the first time.

Weekend camping

If you wish to camp at the event, you must book a camping pitch in advance, as space is limited.

The camping dates for 2019 are:
Fri 3rd May to Mon 6th May (Bank Holiday).

Camping costs £3 per person per night. Under 16s are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

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Stalls are £30 for the entire weekend, which includes 2 people camping (additional camping places can be booked separately).

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Henge conservation

Just a few simply rules to ensure that we can continue to have this event in future years:

KEEP OFF THE HENGE: Because of soil erosion it is not permitted for anyone to walk or climb on the raised banks of the henge at any time.

DOGS: Dogs are welcome, but must be kept under control (and off the banks of the henge) at all times.

LITTER: Campers and visitors to the henge must take ALL their own litter home with them. Please bring refuse sacks suitable for this purpose.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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