Council of British Druid Orders

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The 2005 mid-summer festival at Stonehenge

The Council of British Druid Orders is a neo-pagan group that holds ceremonies at Stonehenge. [1] Sebastian used the title, "Archdruid of Wiltshire, Chosen Chief of the Secular Order of Druids, Conservation Officer for the Council of British Druid Orders and Bard of the Gorsedd of Caer Abiri (Avebury)."[2] When he died in February 2007, Sebastion was not succeeded by "Battle Chieftian" Arthur Pendragon (born John Rothwell).[3] Pendragon lived at Stonehenge for 10 months before being evicted.[4] The group is best known for presiding at mid-summer festivals held since 1999.[5] Up to 24,000 have attended.[6] These festivals are a successor to the Stonehenge Free Festival that was held from 1974 to 1984.

The Council's member organizations include the Glastonbury Order, the Insular Order of Druids, the Universal Order, Druids of the New Aeon, Bardic Order Group, Loyal Arthurian Warband, The Dolmen Grove, Iolo Morganwg Fellowship, Cumbria Druid Order, Wandering Peace Poets, Cumbria Druid Order, Phoenix Order of Druids, Druid Order of Tamaris, Druids of Albion, Order of the Red Dragon.[7]


  1. Wallis, Robert (2003). Shamans/Neo-Shamans: Contested Ecstasies, Alternative Archaeologies, and Contemporary Pagans. Routledge  – via Questia (subscription required). p. 145.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Vidal, John (22 June 2000). "The weird and wonderful return to get stoned at Stonehenge". Guardian. Retrieved 4 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Protester called King Arthur finally gets his marching orders after 10 month live-in protest at Stonehenge," Daily Mail, 28 April 2009.
  5. "Time Zones: Five Hours of Solstice Reverence and Revelry at Stonehenge," Washington Post, June 24, 2009.
  6. "As dawn broke on the longest day of the year, 24,000 witches, pagans and druids descend on Stonehenge," Daily Mail, 22 June 2007.

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