Unique Christmas & Winter Solstice Gifts from Glastonbury

Looking for a unique, handmade and beautiful Christmas / Yule / Winter Solstice gift for someone who loves Glastonbury? There are loads of very talented artists craftspeople, musicians and other creatives making stuff in this town. So, I’ve assembled a list of presents that are available to buy by mail order for those of you … Read more

Tor’s Tour of the Tor – Glastonbury Legends

Tor on Wearyall Hill, Glastonbury.
Tor on Wearyall Hill, Glastonbury.

Wearyall Hill

November the 1st, a cold snap in the air and the mists of Avalon lay thickly around as we climbed Wearyall Hill to the remains of the Holy Thorn. Tor Webster had invited me along to check out ‘Tor’s Tour of the Tor’. I was accompanying a lady from San Francisco who was on Tor’s week long guided tour. Tor is such a great Glastonbury character that I knew there would be material for the blog, and besides, he’d promised me a free lunch.

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Glastonbury Samhain Wild Hunt 2016 in Pictures

Wow! What a fantastic day the Wild Hunt Samhain Celebration was. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, click on them to view full size.                           All photos copyright Vicki Steward. Please ask if you wish to use them. Please share this post if … Read more

Normal for Glastonbury? Get the Mug!

Normal for Glastonbury Mug with Funny Tourist Map

STOP PRESS! Normal for Glastonbury Mugs are now available to buy from the Sonus Magus Music shop tucked away in the Abbey Mews Arcade in Glastonbury High Street (sort of opposite the Post Office). Only £7.50 and you get an excuse to visit Glastonbury’s coolest music shop too, bargain!  Back in September 2016 I asked on … Read more

Glastonbury – Utterly Ridiculous and Hugely Important

Hippies outside St John's Church in Glastonbury High St

Thoughts after chatting to Morgana I was feeling a bit overwhelmed after launching my blog – within 24 hours my first post ‘What’s Normal for Glastonbury?’ had been viewed by over a 1000 people, and reached 2000 within 48 hours. I was getting incredibly enthusiastic feedback on Facebook, friends were sharing it with their friends … Read more

The Rifleman’s Arms – A Proper Glastonbury Pub

Exterior. The Rifleman's Arms, Glastonbury. Photo by Vicki Steward

The Rifleman’s Arms in Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, is a proper pub. It’s the pub I measure all other pubs against, if there’s a Platonic Ideal of Pubs then the Rifle’s, as it is affectionately known, is it.  I first drank in there when I came to the town for the 8.8.88 Free Festival on the Tor, and when I moved to Glastonbury in 1993 it became my ‘local’. The pub has buckets of atmosphere with its dimly lit, low ceilinged 16th Century front bar, stone mullioned window frames, old wooden tables and roaring log fires in Winter.

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Glastonbury Town Medieval Pilgrims Map

Glastonbury Town Medieval Map

While rummaging in Daisy May’s secondhand shop I was very excited to find a dusty old vellum scroll secreted under some old mattresses, upon unrolling it I discovered it to be an ancient map of Glastonbury, which bore an uncommon resemblance to my own ‘Glastonbury Town Tourist Map’. It’s remarkable to see how little the … Read more

Glastonbury – the Perfect Place to Reinvent Yourself?

Man promoting Glastonbury Medieval Fair in full armour with a takeaway cup of coffee in Glastonbury Town

What Glastonbury offers those who move here, or visit at length or frequently, from more anonymous towns all over the UK (and increasingly from all over the world), is an opportunity for reinvention. While ordinariness seems to be something to be striven for in other places here it is scorned. I don’t think there are many here who would describe themselves as say “Just a housewife”, here they become witches, artists, mystics, workshop leaders, Reiki masters, poets, permaculture gardeners, teachers, even bloggers. A hobby or a passion becomes a vocation.