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The Kent Gorsedd is an open ritual gathering held at the Coldrum Stones on the Equinoxes and Solstices; to honour the changing tide of the seasons, to weave a connection to sacred landscape and indeed the Coldrum Stones.

The Avebury Gorsedd in 1993 seeded other Gorseddau around the country and indeed the world; the rite was crafted by Philip Shallcrass and Emma Restall-Orr and the rite was also used in the closing ceremony of the Paralympics. The Kent Gorsedd use this original rite as a foundation from which their rites are crafted.

2017 DATES

 Spring Equinox - Saturday 18 March

Mid Summer  - Saturday 24 June

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Autumn Equinox - Saturday 23 September

Winter solstice - Saturday 16 December

Time

12 noon, meet in the car park

Venue

Coldrum Stones, Neolithic Long Barrow

Trottiscliffe, Kent

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Please note there is limited parking at the site; we suggest car sharing or parking at the nearby village hall, as an alternative and walk to the site.

Please do not park in the lane, block gates or peoples access to their properties.

This is a National Trust property and a scheduled ancient monument, therefore we must ensure that those who attend the gatherings will be respectful of the site at all times.

What to Bring

  • Biodegradable offerings for the Guardian Spirit of the Coldrum stones

  • Poetry, songs, stories relating to the season to share during the eisteddfod

  • Suitable footwear, the paths can be muddy in winter

Get involved

Each Gorsedd we will ask for volunteers to call the four quarters

You can ask for a simple Handfasting blessing, Child Blessing

The initiation into the Gorsedd of the Bards of the Coldrum Stones is open and offered to everyone. This is for those who wish to develop a deep connection to the site and to express the inspiration they receive from the site, in a creative way.

For further information please contact Rob the lead Priest of the Gorsedd Team