Beltane at Thornborough - Dancers

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

Sunday 3rd of May 2020
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 in this special place to celebrate the festival of Beltane that marks the beginning of summer.

Beltane at Thornborough is an opportunity for people to join together in celebration, and connect with the rich spiritual and folk traditions of this ancient land.

Day visitors

Entry to day visitors is FREE of charge. There is no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day. Parking will be provided in a field adjacent to the henge.

The event is suitable for people of all ages, and we particularly extend a welcome to anyone attending the event 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.

Camping is available for 3 nights:
From 12pm on Fri 1st of May
To 1pm on Mon 4th of May.

Please note: The Bank Holiday this year has been moved from Mon 4th to Fri 8th of May to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Camping costs £5 per person per night. Under 16s are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Drinking water and toilet facilities are provided on site, and food will be available from the excellent T's Catering.

There will be a commumal fire on site, other than this, ALL campfires must be completely contained and kept off the ground (i.e. using a fire pan or a brazier).

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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 adequate for this purpose.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Contact us

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