According to the UK Culture Minister, Glastonbury, which took place at the end of June, is the most famous music festival in the world. If you are ever lucky enough to get a ticket we suggest you wear our festival footless pajamas. Glastonbury claims to be the largest greenfield festival in the world, and is now attended by around 175,000 people who take up residence at the site for five days. This influx of people to a largely rural area in the South West of England has a big impact on the local economy with a huge rush on all the festival essentials in shops as far away as Bristol. Hotels are fully booked, camping shops besieged and supermarket shelves emptied as fans prepare for the annual Pilton party. Stores order extra stocks to cater for the crowds who come to either party or work at Worthy Farm. VisitBritain estimates that they will spend around £100million, most of which will go into the regional economy.
The festival has roots back to 1970 but the town of Glastonbury has a much older history. For visiting US tourists it is still worth a visit even if you can’t get tickets for the Festival. This small market town attracts “New Age” types and has a bohemian feel. Some consider Glastonbury to be the centre of the earth or a kind of gateway between this world and the next. There’s an abbey, tor, markets, museums and unique shops full of crystals, magic, Arthurian myth, books, food and festival clothes.
Glastonbury Abbey has beautiful parkland, ancient ruins, costumed guides, the Holy Thorn and the legendary burial place of King Arthur. Glastonbury Tor is a 525ft high hill with spectacular views across three counties and St Michael’s Tower on the summit.
Legends tell us of the arrival here of Joseph of Arimathea after the crucifixion of Jesus and as we move into historical times we see the great Benedictine Abbey of Glaston dominating the town. Through archaeology we can see something of the early history of Glastonbury. The Tor and some of the surrounding land was an island joined to the mainland by a narrow peninsular – The Isle of Avalon. This island appears to have been treated as a sacred place from the earliest days. In the middle ages we see Glastonbury emerging as great centre of pilgrimage. If anyone would like to know more just get in touch, we are a UK based company.