A salute to Spring – the British experience

Spring has arrived. On 20 March each year night and day are equal in length, marking the turn from Winter blues to Spring optimism. The Spring Equinox has been observed by civilisations throughout the ages with both reverence and festivity.

Today in the UK, it is most enthusiastically celebrated by New Age incarnations of centuries-old Pagan tribes. Modern day Wiccans, Druids and Shamans gather in sacred spaces across the land to pay tribute to the sunrise and all the changes it signifies.

Witnessing these inclusive and eccentric groups pay tribute to the Spring Equinox is a uniquely British experience in itself.

Glastonbury Tor, Somerset

Today run by the National Trust, this beautiful site has over many centuries been claimed as an Arthurian fort, a place that brings fertility and a magical point on a ley line. Whatever its heritage, it remains a beautiful place to see the sunrise.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

The undisputed king of stone circles is the quintessential place to mark the Spring Equinox. Join dozens of dedicated pagans as they observe sunrise in hushed silence in this prehistoric monument’s inner circle.

Cerne Abbas

Cerne Abbas, Dorset

Spring is, of course, the season for new life. What more appropriate way to welcome it than cosying up with one of the world’s biggest symbols of fertility, the Cerne Abbas giant.

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