Beltane at Thornborough - Hand in hand

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

Sunday 5th of May 2024
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. There will be a bucket for donations at the site entrance.

The postcode for Thornborough Henge is: DL8 2RA. 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.


There are portaloo toilets on site, a food catering van and a drinking water supply.

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 3rd of May
To 1pm on Sun 6th of May.

Camping costs £10 per adult per night. Under 15s are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

There will be a communal 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 £60 for the entire weekend.

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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. You must also clean up after you dog.

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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