Whilst more than 20,000 worshipers, revellers and curious visitors made their way to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice, a group from Lake District Hotels had a more intimate affair at one of the most stunning stone circle locations in the country.
A group of 29 visitors from as far as Birmingham, Suffolk and London joined Lake District Hotels on a guided sunrise walk at 3.15am, from Keswick’s Market Square to the Castlerigg Stone Circle to greet the sunrise. The group was led by Leah Davies (Marketing & Events Manager for Lake District Hotels), Maria Quigley (Sales Manager at the Skiddaw Hotel) and their very own Druid, Gillian Kavanagh (Druid & Member of OBOD). Once at the Castlerigg Stone Circle, Gillian carried out the following rituals ‘Dawn Ceremony of Alban Hefin’ and ‘The Summer Solstice Dawn Ceremony’ which involved all 29 members and various party-goers even joined in.
Afterwards a hot breakfast (porridge with brown sugar, and sausage/bacon sandwiches with brown sauce, plus tea and coffee) was served at the stone circle by Dan Grimshaw (Head Chef at the Kings Arms Hotel) and Archie Frost (Chef de Partie at the Skiddaw Hotel), whilst Druids, new age followers and part-goers celebrated the longest day of the year with beating drums, chanting and dancing around the stones.
Dani Hope, Marketing Director of Lake District Hotels Ltd, said “This is the second year that we have run our Summer Solstice break and we are over the moon with the number of guests that have joined us to celebrate the longest day of the year. It’s a fun and exciting event that adds an extra special touch for our guests and really makes it worthwhile getting out of bed in the early hours”.
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