Rocking at the standing stones

Stonehenge

Although less famous than its near neighbour, Stonehenge, the prehistoric site of Avebury in Wiltshire is arguably one of the most sacred spots in the United Kingdom, its standing stones straddling the village which takes its name, replete with ancient mysticism. But Avebury wears its status as a World Heritage Site lightly and this weekend welcomes the crowds to Avebury Rocks,Stonehenge a two day music festival from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July at East Farm, Avebury. Probably the summer’s most affordable festival, Avebury Rocks tickets are £40 per adult for a full weekend with camping (under 16s £20) or £30 for the weekend without camping (under 16s £10).

A celebration of music in all its forms, the festival features great live music from rock to folk and everything in between. 2017’s line-up includes local and national artists across two stages, one main, one acoustic with the focus on championing new and original music. There are as well as some fun workshops including belly dancing, yoga and samba, and great food and drink provided by local suppliers. Now in its seventh year, this eclectic menu of musical treats is the brainchild of local-born musician Nick Harper, son of the legendary Roy Harper, who wanted to raise money for Prospect Hospice who cared for his late mother. All proceeds from Avebury Rocks go towards supporting the ongoing care provided by the charity.

For the energetic festival-goer there is a Saturday morning walk across the Neolithic landscape Avebury is so famous for. If you’d like to take part in the walk, you could ask your friends and family to sponsor you to raise more funds for Prospect Hospice. It doesn’t matter how much - just £5 will pay for the fuel for a nurse to visit a patient at home or £65 will enable a family member to be supported by our bereavement team following the loss of a loved one.

For tickets and information go to aveburyrocksfestival.net

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