PEOPLE across the nation are celebrating the summer solstice.

In Newport the Transporter Bridge will be open this evening for people to enjoy the sunset on the longest day of the year.

The event will include entertainment by the City of Newport Male Choir, gondola trips and the unique opportunity to take in the magnificent view from the upper level by walking over the top until sun down at 9.30pm.

Chepstow Walkers will celebrate with a walk to the stone circle atop Gray Hill in Southern Monmouthshire this evening.

There will also be a a summer solstice walk up Twmbarlwm from the Cwmcarn Forest Drive visitors centre this evening. 

This morning, crowds cheered the rise of the sun at Stonehenge as thousands gathered to celebrate the summer solstice.

Those who observed the spectacle at the neolithic Wiltshire monument were blessed with clear skies as the sun glinted over the horizon at 4.52am.

Up to 25,000 people were expected to attend the overnight celebration of the longest day of the year at the World Heritage Site.

On the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone, the ancient entrance to the Stone Circle, and rays of sunlight are channelled into the centre of the monument.

It is believed that solstices have been celebrated at Stonehenge for thousands of years.

Jennifer Davies, English Heritage's head of historic properties for Stonehenge, had asked for those attending to "respect the stones".

Visitors were urged to only take small bags and alcohol was not permitted.

English Heritage also asked that people either shared lifts or took public transport to reduce traffic and emissions.

In 2017 around 13,000 people attended Stonehenge for the summer solstice.

Wiltshire Police officers were also on hand at the event and armed officers were attending as "a precaution only".