summer solstice

Residents are invited to celebrate the longest day of the year at RHS Garden Bridgewater in Worsley this June.

Residents are invited to visit the garden and explore the floral displays on Friday June 21, where there will be live music and a mental wellbeing session from 6pm – 9pm.

The event will feature live music from local artist Haydn Owen to help visitors “get in the mood for a spiritual experience connecting with the natural world”.

Hippophae rhamnoides at RHS Garden Bridgewater, image credit: Neil Hepworth

The summer solstice on June 20-21 this year will occur when one of Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern). For that hemisphere, the summer solstice is the day with the longest period of daylight and shortest night of the year, when the Sun is at its highest position in the sky.

Suzy McCafferty, a mental health and wellbeing specialist, will lead a 70-minute session in the garden to help visitors to connect mindfully with their surroundings.

This will include sharing of folklore and traditions connected with the solstice.

Visitors can also join drop-in Qigong sessions by Margaret Gul, offering the opportunity to find harmony, balance and a profound connection to the natural world.

To find out more about the event at the gardens off Leigh Road in Worsley click here.

Featured image credit: Chris Gorman

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