If you’ve not yet visited the oddest town in England and you’re planning to, you could miss out on some of Glastonbury’s best bits without my handy guide.
This is a whistle-stop tour so I’m keeping it brief! And, these are my opinions, not a definitive guide – feel free to disagree and forge your own path through Avalon.
- Glastonbury Tor. If you can (it’s quite physically challenging) a walk up the Tor is a must. The views out over the levels are spectacular and the summit is (usually) peaceful.
- The White Springs. After the Tor, you should drop in on this subterranean temple (fact: I helped to build the stone pools inside). But if you’re not comfortable with nudity, steer clear. You have been warned.
- The Goddess Temple. Visiting this temple can be a powerful experience. You’re free to meditate, pray, write, think, or even have a good cry. You can also just enjoy the altar and the inspirational artwork.
- Rainbow’s End Café. This is the best veggie lunch available in town. Expect long queues but know that this little place is worth it. I love choosing my own mezza combos from the deli counter.
- Lazy Gecko Café. This non-vegetarian eatery has good coffee and great breakfasts. Lunches are also yummy and there’s outside seating at front and back.
- Hundred Monkeys. The place for delicious cakes catering for dietary requirements such as gluten or sugar free, as well as loose leaf tea, locally-roasted coffee beans, and ethical and nutritionally balanced meals.
- Starchild. It’s like an apothecary in The Shire, if hobbits needed best-quality essential oils and pagan incense. I love the seasonal dried flower/herb altar.
- Elestial. By far my favourite crystal shop of all time. It’s where I got my inexpensive crystals for work. They don’t have a website – you’ll just have to find them on the high street, opposite the market cross.
- ShieldMaiden. For something unique, try this Viking store full of cool stock and tasty mead. Scholl!
- Best pub: The George and Pilgrim is worth a visit because of its history, atmospheric stained glass and murals, and the fact that they have a mead list as well as a wine list, which is basically awesome.
- Best B&B: I absolutely love The Covenstead. This pagan themed accommodation is beautiful, quirky and luxurious. The reviews say it all.
- Best annual event: this was a toss up between the Beltane celebrations (complete with dragon parade) or the Frost Fayre, but the mulled cider and Yuletide good cheer swing it for me.
Have I missed anything? What are your favourite Glastofaerian attractions? Let me know in the comments below.