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Lughnasadh Harvest & Community Celebration @ the Salisbury Centre

Come celebrate the seasonal harvest festival of Lughnasadh at the Salisbury Centre joining one of this year community offerings!

About this event

It’s Lughnasadh this weekend! Celebrating the peak of high summer and the beginning of the harvest season. Lughnasadh (pronounced Loo-nuh-suh) is one of the four Celtic Fire Festivals.

Marked between 31st July – 2nd August, this time of the year marks a shift in the seasonal energies, and see the first signs of transformation. The first fruits are ripening, the fields are turning from green to gold, and it is time, too, for us to look at our own ripening harvests.

What has been growing in our lives so far this year that we want to take with us into the winter? It is a time to make the most of the long days and summer energy, to prepare our stores for the darkening nights ahead. It is a time for adventures, for moments of reflection and taking stock, a time for walking the land.


Salisbury Centre Community gathering & celebration!

On Friday 29th July the Salisbury Centre will be celebrating this turning by offering a space for the community to gather and work together: 

Beside the possibility of joining some of the many regular Friday activities (see below) as well as joining the garden volunteering and/or the Seed Library team with some Seed saving activities, we will also keep a fire burning and offer the garden as a space for connection, meeting new people and reflection.

At 16:30 – 17:30 we will have a shared moment and ritual around the central fire to share intentions for this time of the year, as well as sing some harvest songs! Hope you can join us!

This year activity will include the usual Friday activities as following:

  • Shared Community Lunch (13:00 – 14:00) – bring your own lunch (Which you can share if you want, as many do!)
  • Circle Dancing (14:00 – 16:00)
  • Xiang Gong in the Garden (14:00 –  14:30)
  • Volunteering in the garden – 14:00 – 17:00
  • Seed Saving activities (with the Seed Library meet-up group) – from 14:00
  • Fire ritual, intention setting & harvest songs (16:30 -17:30)



This event is part of the Salisbury Centre community programme and is offered free of charge as we want to make sure it is accessible to anyone. Any donations towards the Salisbury Centre are welcomed, as the Centre’s ability to generate income to meet its running costs has been challenged by the pandemic. There will be donation bowls on the day and you can also donate online on our donations page using the reference ‘Solstice’: https://www.salisburycentre.org/donate/

Many thanks for your contributions in advance.

Of course there is the challenge of Scottish weather, so please COME DRESSED FOR THAT! If the weather forecast is especially bad we will also consider moving some sessions indoor (in line with current Scottish Gov regulations).

Accessibility & Kids

The event will take place in the Salisbury Centre garden, which is two steps down from the main building. We do now have a disabled toilet!

Accompanied children are very welcome to join in with any of the activities, according to the suggested age guidelines for each session.

Please get in touch via events@salisburycentre.org if you have any questions about the event.