As per the Shire Calendar, the Hobbits also celebrate this time as the beginning of the Yuledays, signifying the end of the old year and the beginning of the new.
To begin this celebration, you will have the chance to experience Middle-earth™ as you have never seen it before; with a fully guided tour of The Shire™ at dusk. Your guide escorts you through the twelve-acre site recounting fascinating details of how the movie set was created.
At the conclusion of your tour you will arrive into the vibrant, bustling marketplace where you will be invited to taste a little piece of Middle-earth. With stalls bursting with traditional Hobbit fare, you will be able to move freely and enjoy the roaming themed entertainment mingling amongst the guests and themed interactive games set up with prizes to be won! Our garden bars will be scattered throughout the area with our Southfarthing range on tap; as well as a selection of Middle-earth Wines and various non-alcoholic beverage options.
A variety of themed food stalls will be scattered around the marketplace allowing you to see, taste and experience Hobbiton in a truly unique way. Sample the hearty sized canapés and grazing platters featuring cured meats, freshly baked breads, fresh vegetable produce, desserts, New Zealand cheeses and fruits.
The Green Dragon™ Inn featured in The Lord of the Rings trilogy as the local meeting place for all the residents of Hobbiton. It is the perfect place for guests to satisfy their thirst and enjoy numerous goodies fresh from The Green Dragon kitchen. A grazing table will be waiting by the open fire place which is designed to incorporate everything that keeps a Hobbits cheeks plump and as is the tradition in the Shire, second helpings are encouraged.
The fully themed Party Marquee located directly behind the Green Dragon Inn will offer a quiet spot to sit back and enjoy the views of the marketplace. The marquee exterior is beautifully created from yellow painted canvas and the interior is fully themed with colourful bunting and lanterns creating a festival-like atmosphere.
As part of this Summer Solstice experience, guests can make their way back through the wandering paths of Hobbiton in the moonlight. The trails will be illuminated and handheld lanterns will be provided amongst the guests to help light the way. This stunning journey under moonlight will travel through the village breathtakingly lit up with Hobbit Hole chimney’s smoking and lanterns glowing against the darkness. Evening tours will depart regularly from outside The Green Dragon Inn.