I’ve put together some links so you can enjoy Glastonbury and learn more about the town, without actually being here. I hope locals will find something new of interest here too. There’s some links to content I’ve posted, in case you missed it the first time plus links to the best websites and videos from other people too.
Take a Tour
You can take a virtual tour of the Town with Google Street View, here’s a link that starts off in the High Street at Glastonbury Galleries.
Or, you can get a bird’s eye view of the town with Google Earth, here’s a link that starts you off in Glastonbury Abbey.
Read a Book or Listen to Music from Glastonbury
Nothing transports you to the town quite like a good book set in Glastonbury or listening to a tune by one out our excellent local musicians, here’s some of my recommendations…..
Normal For Glastonbury – The Book
You can now buy my Book of the best of Normal For Glastonbury. It’s all about what it’s really like to live in England’s most magical town. I’ve polished up my best articles from the last four years and added a couple of things you won’t have seen yet.
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Videos from Glastonbury
I’ve taken quite a few videos on the streets of Glastonbury over the last few years, you can browse them on the Normal For Glastonbury YouTube channel. The slide show of photographs taken in the town, with music by local musicians, might be a good place to start.
I’ve videoed lots of buskers, events and local characters, you’ll find them all by browsing the Normal For Glastonbury YouTube channel. To start, check out the Gin Bowlers busking in the High Street one bright Spring Day in 2017.
Shop Online from Glastonbury Creatives
You can support a local business by buying online, here’s a directory I made of businesses trading during the Corona Virus lockdown.
Learn about Glastonbury’s History
If you want to learn more about Glastonbury rich and fascinating history then these sites are a treasure trove of information:
Go Back in Time
In the first of these wonderfully atmospheric videos, you can take a trip back in time 2200 years, to Glastonbury’s Lake Village. The second takes you back to the Mesolithic era.
For some more recent history have a listen to ‘Tracing the Map’ a fascinating series of audio recordings interviewing locals talking about 100 years of changes to the Town. Or, David Taplin’s excellent guest post on Normal For Glastonbury about life in the town in the 1970’s, there’s some great photos from Mike Lidgley in this piece too.
I highly recommend you check out this wonderful film on the British Film Institute page of Glastonbury in 1922.
You can also read historian Adam Stout’s account of following in the footsteps of John Jackson, who undertook a pilgrimage from Yorkshire to Glastonbury in 1755: Strange Alteration – A Walk across Time to Glastonbury.
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As interest in the Town has grown, hundreds of documentaries have been produced, here’s some of my favourites:
Like this one from Jamie Lowe, I love the footage of the Tor in the snow at the start, or this BBC Music piece in which Martin Dougan “explores the special qualities of the place which gives the festival its name”.
You can also watch a nice little tour of Chalice Well from Laura Daligan and a video looking at the archaeology and history of Glastonbury Abbey.
Follow the Ley Lines on Google Maps
Or you can read Palden’s excellent site about the Ancient Landscape Around Glastonbury
American Writer and photographer Todd Attebury beautifully evokes the spirit of Glastonbury in his writing
Comedian Mark Steel featured Glastonbury on his popular show ‘Mark Steel’s in Town: Glastonbury’ in 2014, you can listen to it here (may not be available in all countries)
Other excellent Glastonbury sites and pages
When I started out with Normal For Glastonbury there wasn’t a lot on the internet about the town, except for Glastonbury Online. There is now a proliferation of sites which connect you to the community. Do check out these:
The Unity Through Diversity is an excellent resource, particularly for those looking for information on Pilgrimage to the Town and the many faiths represented here. Also, check out the Glaston Centre website and Glastonbury Avalon of the Heart and the Glastonbury Unity Candle on Facebook.
If you are a more visual person, you might enjoy my photographs on Instagram @normalforglastonbury
There’s a lot out there on the web about all aspects of the the town, this is only a small sample, if you come across something you think I should include please do send me a link.
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