There may not be any gatherings around ancient stones this year but the longest day is being marked with free online festivals and activities
Gathering at Stonehenge to witness the midsummer sun rising behind the ancient site’s Heel Stone is still an option for this year – albeit virtually rather than in person. The spiritual significance of celebrating the solstice by the ancient stones, particularly to pagans and druids, means up to 30,000 visitors usually flock to the site in June, but it has been closed since 18 March and will remain so until 4 July. However, audiences worldwide can tune into English Heritage’s Facebook page, which will stream the sunset on 20 June (9.26pm BST) and the sunrise on 21 June (4.52am BST). Each stream will last around 30 minutes and can also be accessed after the live event (login not required).