So Glastonbury, what’s not to love about Glastonbury? You can’t answer that can you… Let me tell you a few things about what there is to love about Glastonbury and why you should go there at least once in your hippy life.
Glastonbury is a small and beautiful town in Somerset and is full of some of the most wonderful and kind people that you will meet. I am talking not just about the residents but the visitors also. People flock to Glastonbury as it is well known to be a wonderful hippy town full of beauty and spirituality. Glastonbury has also been described as a new age and pagan community. People of all ages and from all walks of life love to visit and are made very welcome by the accepting town. Whatever your age, sexual preference or religion no-one cares. Fat, thin. tall, short, bald or you have a brightly coloured Mohawk, they have seen it all and everyone is treated the same.
With tons of fun things to do, Glastonbury is a great place to spend some chill time. Read on and I will tell you more………
For such a small place, Glastonbury offers an amazing shopping experience where you can pretty much find anything that you want! Below are just a couple of places;
The Gauntlet – a right little treasure trove of awesomeness. The Gauntlet offers a nice eclectic mix or both old and new. Much like the rest of Glastonbury, The Gauntlet offers up a treat of olde-world tastes but with wonderful modern day twists. Encapsulates a stroll through time with its wonders of history and mystique. The Gauntlet is situated in Glastonbury Town Centre in St John’s Square selling wonders from jewellery and crystals to all things pagan and Wicca. If you need your hippy Chakras realigned then there is place here for you. Need a card reading, also someone who can help. There really is a plethora of great shops that suit all budgets.
Full of like minded hippies, The Gauntlet is a wonderful place to show off your great hippy clothing.
Clarks Village – A touch more mainstream but great for bargains, Clarks Village is an outlet village on the outskirts of Glastonbury. We may be hippies but hey, some of us still love to shop! You really can find some bargains here and although there are no hippy shops, there is nothing to stop you from buying some pretty clothes and making them into hippy clothes. As well as clothes shops such as Next Clearance, Levi’s, Mountain Warehouse along with so many more, there are also so many other kinds of stores from jewellery and cosmetics through to home wares. There are also a whole heap of eateries where you can grab a bite to eat be it brekkie, lunch or dinner. As well as shopping for hippy clothing, hippy’s love to eat – well, I know I do.
Markets – There are also plenty of markets to check out some indoor and some out. They are not on all the time so I would check before investigating.
Awesome things to see
As us hippy’s love to walk and look at beautiful things, Glastonbury really is perfect as there is just so much to see and do. Below are a few great things that every hippy will love.
Glastonbury Tor – is a site managed by the national trust. The Tor is a wonderful conical hill which overlooks the Isle of Avalon, Glastonbury and Somerset. Said to be full of religious significance for Christians and Pagans dating back over 1000 years. You can get a tour of the Tor where they will give you more information. Atop the Tor sits the roofless St Michaels Tower which is a grad I listed building. The Tor is also known for its wonderful relationship with Wildlife from birds to butterflies, rabbits, badgers and foxes. You can see them all at the Glastonbury Tor. The Tor rises to an elevation of 518 feet which means that once you get to the top you get some phenomenal views. Every hippy that visits must climb the Glastonbury Tor. Take some friends and a picnic or take a climb up yourself for a wonderful place to relax and meditate.
Ham Wall National Nature Reserve – part of the Brue Valley Living Landscape Conservation project and is managed by the RSPB. There is a newly created wetland which is now home to rare species including otters (yay!) and voles. There are also so many species of birds around that it is just great for bird watching hippy’s. Entrance is free and is a lovely place for all of the family to take a nice walk and see some pretty things.
There are so many other things to see and do that it is worth looking up Glastonbury and checking out its other many wonders.
Evening Out in Glastonbury
After all of the shopping, climbing and investigating, you will no doubt be tired and in need of some food. With so many great places to eat in Glastonbury it can be so hard to choose, especially with most catering for lunch as well as dinner you are spoilt for choice which is why we have chosen a couple of places with some fab reviews.
Hint of Herb – a wonderfully welcoming place to stop for lunch. Owned by a lady who makes everything from scratch including the bread, specialising in sandwiches and salads. Each food item contains a mix of herbs with information about the benefits of each herb. A lovely quaint little place which can be found in The Gauntlet.
Bocabar – based in an old derelict eyesore which has been made into this lovely restaurant which has reviews of wonderful food and great ambience. Open for breakfast through to a late supper you can find varying type of yummy cuisine from British to Mediterranean . They are also veggie friendly.
Cafes and Bars – There are many cafes and bars dotted around Glastonbury where you can kick back and relax. Whether you want to sit on your own and chillax with a good book or go out with a loved one or friends, there is something that everyone will like. Why not get on your hippy glad rags and take yourself for a night on the town. Just be sure that when you are the envy of the town and when people ask you where you got your great hippy threads, be sure the tell them Mystical Mayhem. Spread the love!
Everyone knows Glastonbury of course for the Glastonbury Music Festival. Born in 1970 Glastonbury festival is the largest music and performing arts festival in the world. Yes that’s right the World! Spread over 900 acres based in the Vale of Avalon the tickets for this magical festival are well sought after and so many people are disappointed year after year as there are not nearly enough tickets for the amount of people that wish to visit.
Glastonbury Festival is the Epitome of hippy festivals. With so many things to see and do – music, performance arts, workshops and over 250 different food stalls. Going to Glastonbury really is like going to another country for the weekend. Every hippy should try and go to Glastonbury at least once. Here you can wear your hippy clothes galore in whatever combo you fancy. Why not share some outfit ideas with your neighbouring hippy?! The bands that play are amazing and they really have had some greats performing there in its time such as David Bowie, Hawkwind, Fairport Convention, Arctic Monkeys – I really could go on and on but if you want to know more you can check out the history on the Festivals website.
Other things to see and do around Glastonbury
I have only mentioned a few of the great things above but there is so much more to see and do. You can take a tour of Glastonbury where they will take you o all of the most popular places and tell you the history of the town or, you can take a bimble yourself and spend the day exploring the wonderful parks and scenery. There are some wonderful old streets with some beautiful houses to look at.
You really should take yourself to Glastonbury and check out its mystique and hippyness for yourself. If you visit one place this year, make it Glastonbury. Once you get there you many never want to leave!