PUBLIC Summer Solstice celebrations are not happening at Avebury this year.

It follows a recent announcement by English Heritage that they will not be able to host the solstice at Stonehenge due to the on-going ban on mass gatherings.

The National Trust oversees Avebury Henge, and talks are now underway with police, Wiltshire Council and groups in Avebury to manage the situation.

Thousands gather every year to watch the sun rise at Stonehenge and Avebury to welcome the longest day of the year around June 20.

A National Trust spokesperson said: “The Trust will continue to consult with its partners over the coming days but considering this announcement, and the Government’s advice on mass gatherings and social distancing, it is highly unlikely that National Trust land at Avebury or across the Stonehenge landscape will be open for the summer solstice this year.”

But this year, revellers and worshippers will be told to stay away.