jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Tuesday 21st June 2022



What is summer solstice and when is the longest day of the year in the UK?

The longest day of the year is here – but why is Stonehenge so important during the summer solstice?

Around 500 years ago, the summer solstice was a cause for celebration as it marked a period of growth, warmth and sunshine.

After all, William Shakespeare set A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the eve of the solstice since it was considered such a mystical and magical time.

As the date is approaching, here’s everything you need to know about the summer solstice – including this year’s date and the history behind why it is celebrated.

Also known as ‘midsummer’, when a planet’s rotational axis tilts most towards the star that it orbits – or in earths’ case, when it tilts to a maximum of 23.44° towards the sun – this is when the ‘summer solstice’ occurs.

This day has the longest period of daylight and happens twice each year: in the Northern Hemisphere in June and in the Southern Hemisphere between December 20 and 23 (conversely when the Northern Hemisphere’s ‘winter solstice’ – the shortest day – occurs).

During the summer solstice of the Northern Hemisphere, countries far north like Norway can even experience 24-hours continuous daylight – a phenomenon which lasts for a days or even months (depending on proximity to the North Pole).

When is the summer solstice?

The summer solstice falls between June 20 and 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere – commonly on June 21 – and is the longest day of the year.

This year, it falls on Tuesday, June 21 and will fall at exactly 10:13am in the United Kingdom.

The solstice itself is the exact time the sun shines over the Tropic of Cancer, which this year will be at 10.43pm in the UK.

In the northern hemisphere, the solstice takes place during summer, whereas in the southern hemisphere it occurs in winter.

What happens after the longest day of the year?

After the summer solstice, the earth starts to tilt back on itself, decreasing daylight hours, meaning the days become shorter by seconds, and as time goes on, minutes.

How long is the longest day?

This year the Summer Solstice will take place on June 21, when the sun will rise at 4.43am and set at 9.22pm.

This means the UK will enjoy 16 hours and 43 minutes of daylight.

In the UK, the longest day begins at 4.43am and ends at 9.21pm, which means that in Britain, we will enjoy 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight on June 21.

How is the summer solstice celebrated?

Stonehenge – In Pictures

Druids, pagans and revellers gather in the centre of Stonehenge as they take part in a winter solstice ceremony at the ancient neolithic monument of Stonehenge.

For many thousands of years, Stonehenge – England’s ancient prehistoric world heritage site – is visited over the summer solstice as a place of worship and celebration.

Individuals, or those in a group, assemble at this ancient site to conduct their own ceremonies or celebrations – the only stipulation of which being that they are respectful and tolerant of others around them.

What is Stonehenge?

No one really knows what the prehistoric monument Stonehenge was actually used for by our ancient ancestors. All we know is that it is thousands of years old – archaeologists have dated it to between 3,000BC and 2,000BC.

Ancient Brits ‘travelled to Stonehenge for raves’

Some believe that Stonehenge was an ancient burial ground, and deposits containing human bone from as early as 3,000BC have been found in the ditch.

Whatever its ancient use, Stonehenge now exists as a ring of stones standing seven feet wide and 13 feet high, with each one weighing a mammoth 25 tons. The stones themselves are found within a complex set of Bronze Age and Neolithic earthworks, banks and ditches, among them hundreds of ancient burial mounds.

Unfortunately, whoever left Stonehenge didn’t leave any written records, so the true nature of the World Heritage Site will most likely be lost in the mists of time forever.

In the Artic Circle, and the very north of Iceland, the sun doesn’t set at all on the solstice. It appears to dip to the horizon, but then begins to rise again, marking the next morning.



Top 25 legendary filmmakers who never won the Best Director Oscar


  1. Orson Welles
  2. Alfred Hitchcock
  3. Sidney Lumet – “12 Angry Men”
  4. Pedro Almodovar – “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” “Matador”
  5. Paul Thomas Anderson – “There Will Be Blood”
  6. Spike Lee – “Do The Right Thing”
  7. Christopher Nolan – “Memento,” “Inception” and “Dunkirk,”
  8. Wes Anderson – “The Grand Budapest Hotel,”
  9. David Fincher – “The Social Network,”
  10. Quentin Tarantino – “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,”
  11. Sofia Coppola – “Lost in Translation,”
  12. Stanley Kubrick – “The Shining” & many more!
  13. Ava DuVernay – “I Will Follow” “Middle of Nowhere” “Selma”
  14. Ingmar Bergman – “Persona” and “The Seventh Seal.”
  15. David Lynch – “Blue Velvet.”
  16. Robert Altman – “ Middle of Nowhere” “Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson”
  1. Federico Fellini – “8½”
  2. Howard Hawks – “His Girl Friday” and “The Big Sleep”
  3. Stanley Kramer – “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” or “Judgment and Nuremberg?”
  4. Ridley Scott – “Gladiator” and “Black Hawk Down.”
  5. Patty Jenkins – “Wonder Woman,”
  6. Ida Lupino – “Outrage” “The Hitch-Hiker” “The Bigamist”
  7. Arthur Penn – “Bonnie and Clyde.”
  8. Sergio Leone -“Once Upon a Time in America.”
  9. Akira Kurosawa – “Ran,” “Rashomon,” “Seven Samurai”

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” ~ Abraham Lincoln


Happiness is…Getting up at 4.43am on the longest day and getting the maximum enjoyment from 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. Example, at my average walking speed of 3 mph I could walk 49.5 miles!!!


I want to name my puppies Rolex and Timex so I can have watch dogs.


Love is…the best gift of all.


“Friends are like knickers. Some crawl up your ass, some snap under pressure, some don’t have the strength to hold you up, some get a little twisted, some are your favourite, some you can see right thru, some are cheap and just plain nasty, and some actually cover your ass when you need them to. Some you just hang out to dry…”


I know we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again…

A time to enjoy the longest day…A time to enjoy the shortest day





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