Christmas in Glastonbury 2017

Most of England woke up to a Winter Wonderland today – carpeted in a blanket of snow and ground to a halt. Glastonbury saw strong wind, torrential rain, and then some wet stuff that was not really rain, hail or snow but came down as a sort of drizzly slush and melted immediately upon landing. The 6 year … Read more

Gifts from Glastonbury for Christmas and Winter Solstice 2017

Looking for a special Winter Solstice or Christmas gift? Give something unique and support Glastonbury writers, small businesses, photographers, designers, artists and craftspeople by buying something from this gift guide. I’ve tried to include gifts for a wide range of family and friends. I cheated by finding two slipper makers – after all who doesn’t … Read more

Glastonbury Frost Fayre 2017 – Photos and Videos

Frost Fayre is advertised as being when “Glastonbury’s Community comes together to Celebrate Peace and Goodwill to All at this Festive Time of the Year”. I’d say the organizers achieved this aim admirably this year, with sleigh bells on in fact. There is such a lovely, friendly atmosphere in town, so many visitors and so … Read more

Glastonbury Carnival 2017 – Don’t Rain on the Parade

Every weekend seems to be a celebration of something in Glastonbury – a Celtic fire festival, an Earth Mysteries Conference, a Hindu God’s birthday or the opening of another crystal shop. Many of these events see people spilling out onto the streets, and cluttering up the pavements in a generally colourful, often loud, sometimes freeform, … Read more

Celebrating Samhain 2017 in Glastonbury with the Wild Hunt

Samhain 2017 Glastonbury. Photo copyright Vicki Steward

Samhain, the Celtic New Year, when the veil between the Worlds is thin, in Glastonbury it is the time for honouring our departed ancestors and loved ones. This is achieved through a public ritual of dressing up, dancing, drumming, and processing from Glastonbury’s Market Cross led by two huge dragons, one red one white, all … Read more

Local Media in Glastonbury – popular, but not with everybody

Glastonbury Town Market Day

I recently published a post on the Normal For Glastonbury Facebook page about two Somerset Live articles on Glastonbury Market. The first (see it here) on June 14th was titled “This is what is wrong with the Tuesday market in Glastonbury”, the next (see it here), only  a month later on July 26th had the … Read more

A Fool’s Journey to Glastonbury

Rumpel in Glastonbury Town

Glastonbury Festival always brings a few visitors to the town, many of them are crew and performers stopping by for a few days before heading off to their next event. It can be quite shocking coming back to the ‘real world’ after spending a week or more at Somerset’s most surreal and frenetic camping trip. Glastonbury Town acts like a decompression chamber, it’s got roads, supermarkets and flushing toilets, but no one’s likely to get too concerned if you’re still wearing a sarong and flip flops and talking about the weird afternoon you’d had in Lost Horizon’s sauna watching a guy hanging upside down in a tree playing the guitar and singing Jolene. (This really happened see this YouTube video )

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Chasing the Beltane Dragons in Glastonbury

May Day Celebration 2017 on Bushy Coombe, May Pole, Glastonbury

I do my best to have my finger on Glastonbury’s pulse, especially when we gather together to celebrate the Celtic festivals to mark the times of transition between the seasons. But, even in Avalon, sometimes things just don’t work out as planned, I end up out of kilter, dislocated from the community. I missed Beltane … Read more

Real Faeries, some Goths, and a bloke in armour

Early March and Glastonbury town centre is heaving – it’s the weekend of the Spring Faery Ball. I’m sat outside the Mocha Berry and I spy a dog wearing wings and a red tutu. Carl informs me that ‘the vicar’ (actually Diana, the Church of England’s ‘Avalon Pioneer Minister’) is in the Assembly Rooms wearing … Read more