26 August 2017

Places To Visit: Glastonbury, Somerset

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Whenever I hear someone talk about Glastonbury, I immediately start to think about the music festival: the notoriously hard-to-get-tickets-to-Glasotonbury-Festival. But Glastonbury is so much more!

I'm a hippy at heart: in love with animals and nature, believer of karma and the energies that surround us in our lives; healing powers of natural elements; well you get the picture. When I was a kid, I believed in magic; and now I'm 27 years old I still would like to believe in elements of magic which make us better people - which is why I believe in karma. Because I think when we live by the rule of what goes around comes around we think about our actions more. 

Glastonbury is one of those magical places where you can pretend that magic totally exists: from the historical Tor, to the wellness gardens in Chalice Well, and the Wiccan shops filled with spell books and mystical knick knacks.


Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Glastonbury Tor
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Glastonbury Tor
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Glastonbury Tor

The Glastonbury Tor is over 1,000 years old - a steep hill with the remnants of an old church where locals would come to. It's history lies in Pagan and Christian roots, and it's been said that Kind Arthur has visited the Glastonbury Tor. It's a beautiful sight - when you climb the hill which takes about 15 minutes, you are greeted by fantastic views of the beautiful Somerset countryside. It's the perfect pit stop for a cup of hot tea! Just remember it gets pretty windy on top of Glastonbury Tor! On your walk and on top of the hill you can also find out more about the history of the Tor from the signs around it.

Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Glastonbury Tor
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Glastonbury Tor
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Glastonbury Tor
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Glastonbury Tor
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Glastonbury Tor
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Glastonbury Tor

Right next to the Glastonbury Tor are the Chalice Well healing gardens - a place for meditation, relaxation, and reflection. Chalice Well is said to be home to the healing spring waters in Glastonbury and even today you can take a bottle to fill up from one of the springs - these springs have stories of healing people from illnesses and diseases back in the good old days! You can drink a little bit of the water at the time (or like my mum down a whole glass at once!) and remember that because these waters are natural springs they have a weird smell and an iron after taste. This is totally normal, and actually quote refreshing!

Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Chalice Well Glastonbury
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Chalice Well Glastonbury
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Chalice Well Glastonbury
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Chalice Well Glastonbury

The gardens are the perfect place to explore with many nooks and sitting places - take a picnic with you and enjoy the peace of the floral gardens. There is definitely a calm aura within the gardens. And everyone is quiet, stress free, and more importantly mobile phone free so if you're in need of a digital detox head over to the gardens for a day of peace and quiet.

Chalice Well occasionally do wellness and meditation days or weekends when you can join groups or book a massage from a holistic therapist; there is also a shop which sells the most delicious honey from the gardens themselves - there is an orchard and hives behind the gardens which is where the honey is produced! Incredible. I bought a jar and I can tell you it's totally worth the £6! You can also pick up crystals, essential oils, and other produce from Chalice Well.

Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Chalice Well Glastonbury
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Chalice Well Glastonbury
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Chalice Well Glastonbury
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog, Chalice Well Glastonbury

Glastonbury itself is about a 15 minute walk from Chalice Well and the Tor: it's a small quirky town with heaps of character and plenty of places to shop. And when I say shop I don't mean Primark and Zara - no, this place sells everything magical, vintage, organic, and authentic. I love crystals and there is plenty of crystal shops in Glastonbury - although I will say they are quite expensive there because of the amount of tourists who visit the town. But you have to indulge whilst you're there! One of the shops you must visit is Star Child - you're literally transported into the world of Harry Potter: stacks and shelves full of essential oils, herb blends, books on aromatherapy, and sage sticks for cleansing. Honestly, it's stunning. And the ladies in the store are so helpful - I picked up bergamot oil for my flight to Spain as it helps with anxiety, stress and depression. The oils can be used in skincare, burnt in an oil burner to make your house smells gorgeous, and even used after washing your hair on the tips so the smell stays with you for the whole day. I'm a huge fan of essential oils. HUGE.

Another place I loved was a Wiccan store (it has a green front but please don't make me remember the name!) which has everything you need to make your life a little more magical - and the most beautiful jewellery. I was really attracted to a necklace with a hare jumping over the mood so I bought it - turns out the hare is an important symbol in Celtic mythology, and also mythology all over the world. But paired with the moon, the hare represents fertility, resurrection, and immortality. Love it.

For pet lovers, there is also a pet store where pigeons frequent to come and eat some feed and say hello to the owner. Seriously, we found it because we followed a pigeon in there. At the store you can buy organic and natural treats for your beloved pets and since Harvey had his stomach virus I've been very careful with what he eats so he's only allowed natural treats with no sugars, salts, wheat, or rawhide. And mum is the same with her dog - the more natural the better! So we stocked up on treats like salmon skins, chicken bites, venison sausages, dried sprats. I bought a whole carrier bag for....£8! Highly recommend the store for pet treats - again, I didn't take note of the name but I'm pretty sure it's the only pet store on the high street.

Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog
Things to do in Glastonbury, Glastonbury town, UK lifestyle blog

When it comes to places to eat in Glastonbury, vegetarians it's time to do a high five because if an eatery isn't vegetarian it's vegan. You have to try Rainbows End Cafe and sit in the cute garden outside - we had the falafel and antipasti with hummus and flatbread, and it was delicious. There is plenty to choose from and like I said most places are vegetarian and cater for all kinds of dietary requirements.

What I will say though is make sure you grab lunch early. Eating places in Glastonbury close pretty early - by the time 4pm rolls around you'll be lucky to find a place to eat. We spoke to a local shop owner who said that it's not even worth going out for dinner in Glastonbury as most good places close when the tourists leave, and the locals don't have much choice within the town centre. I was very disappointed when I took my mum to Glastonbury for her birthday and by the time 4pm came all the cafes were closed - so we didn't get a chance to grab any food. 

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So what do you think of Glastonbury? People from all over the world travel here for spiritual charge, a break from reality and technology, and to stock up on wonderful, magical items. Would you visit this mystical town?
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  1. I've never thought about Glastonbury apart from the music festival like you said, but it looks like such a lovely and peaceful place, I think I would love it there! xxx

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