A salute to Spring – the British experience

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Stay local for this year’s Spring Equinox – how Britons do it

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, 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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A salute to Spring – the British experience was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (631 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.