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

Sunday 5th of May 2019
(May Day Bank Holiday weekend)
Ceremony starts at 12 noon
FREE entry for day visitors

Another great Beltane as the biting north wind gave way to the coming summer. Please share any photos or videos of the event to our Facebook group, and THANK YOU to everyone who made this year's event possible.

Beltane at Thornborough 2020 will be on Sunday 3rd of May. We will update the website with further details of the event nearer the time.

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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 at this special place to celebrate the festival of Beltane that marks the beginning of summer: To connect with the land, with each another, and with the rich spiritual traditions of our ancestors.

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 for all ages, and we particularly welcome those attending for the first time.

Weekend camping

Sorry, camping at the henge is now fully booked.

Alternative camping is available at Senty Circle near Northallerton (less than 20 miles drive from Thornborough Henge). Sentry Circle is a fantastic site with a modern stone circle. They will be having their own Beltane celebrations on site, but are happy for campers to travel to Thornborough Henge, where our main Beltane ceremony takes place on Sunday.

Sentry Cirlce, Lenthor Farm, DL6 2UD. See map

Camping is available Fri, Sat and Sun nights (May 3rd to 5th) and costs £7 per person per night (under 16s are free). Sentry Circle has excellent facilities, including plumbed toilets and showers, as well as a kitchen.

Payment can be made in cash on the gate, but please message the Sentry Circle Camping page to let them know how many of you are coming and for which nights. If you wish to pay in advance, then please request details for making a bank transfer in your message.

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Tents, campervans and caravans, all welcome. Dogs welcome, but must be kept under control.
Please note, the site gate will close at 10pm each night, so please arrive before this time.


Sorry, stall spaces are now fully booked.

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 suitable for this purpose.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Contact us

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