ENGLISH Heritage plan to make use of technology once more to enable enthusiasts to enjoy the summer solstice from the comfort of their own homes.

Numerous visitors travel to the ancient site of Stonehenge each year to celebrate the summer solstice but this time, they can choose to livestream the event.

Jennifer Davies - English Heritage’s head of historic properties for Stonehenge said: “We will be livestreaming this year’s summer solstice sunset and sunrise once again so that everyone, no matter where you are in the world, can experience this special moment at Stonehenge.

“We appreciate however that celebrating solstice at Stonehenge is a very special time for some and we are delighted that after two years we are able to welcome people back to mark the longest day of the year here once more.”

The solstice – from the Latin words’ sol for sun and sistere meaning to come to a stop or to stand still takes place on Tuesday June 21 and marks the longest day of the year.

It is believed that the solstice has been celebrated at Stonehenge for thousands of years and at this time, visitors can move close to the stones, but this is not without risk of damage.

English Heritage are keen to remind visitors that it is a vulnerable site, and the stones have rare lichens and prehistoric carvings upon them.

The charity is asking people to be mindful of the environmental issues if travelling to the stones and to car share or use public transport wherever possible. This would help to reduce CO2 emissions at the World Heritage Site.

English Heritage advise those who wish to celebrate the solstice at Stonehenge to bring only essential items with them and to check the website.

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