Our solstice celebrations are happening at the garden this year on Friday the 12th December from 4pm till approximately 7pm, and if you can join us we would love to see you there!
The winter solstice in the northern hemisphere is the point in time at which the sun is shining furthest to the south, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. But since it’s a mere moment in time, not the whole day, and actually it’s the earth that’s moving, not the sun, it will vary depending on where you are – trickier to work out than we thought. Sometimes it’s not even on the 21st of December at all, which has got to really irk if you’re trying to work out where to build your henge.
Luckily for us, our winter solstice just involves a little bit of a social get-together for FFPG staff, volunteers, and any friends you care to bring along to enjoy some refreshments and a catch-up by the fire*. Bear in mind it will definitely be dark by 4pm and the main light source will be from the raised fire pit, so the super sensible among you may wish to bring a torch just in case. Apart from that, wrap up warm, and if you’d like to bring any food/refreshments that you think might be nice to share, please do, especially if it’s something which might be toast-able over the fire. We’ve got some marshmallows earmarked for precisely that.
*I will be trying so hard to get the fire going well; if it turns out to be too wet on the day, please don’t despair/ blame me/ add me to the fire to see if that makes any difference – Ben
We hope to see as many of you as possible on the 12th!