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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Published August 8th 2017
Very Merry Glastonbury
Glastonbury Town offers a fascinating and eclectic mix of spirituality, environmentalism, multiculturalism, history and creative arts populated by some of the most welcoming and wonderful people you could wish to meet. The High Street is vibrant with colours and colourful characters, and this article focuses on this bustling heart of the town. 'Glasto' is a mere 26 miles from Bath City Centre, but feels a whole world away from the traditional Georgian Town. To define this place as 'where the famous festival is' would be a massive error, as I hope to show in this article.

Just a few of the sensual shops that throng the High Street

Glastonbury High Street is full of shops that cater to people who embrace any form or spirituality, mysticism, environmentalism, creative self-expression or none of the above. It is a vibrant and inclusive community and welcomes visitors from all around the globe. Expect to encounter josticks and candles perfuming almost every shop, and a whole host of bookstores, jewelry, clothing, ornamental and spiritual venues.

Just one High Street window display

I am a self-confessed people watcher and love coming to Glastonbury for the wonderful and intriguing mix of people to be found there. Some folks are clearly tourists visiting for the day, yet others are clearly established members of this laid back, somewhat 'hippy' community.

A chap who to me typifies Glastonbury

The shops are all lovingly stocked and set out, often in vibrant colours, but for me, there is one that is simply beyond compare. Dilliway is a magical emporium of household ornaments and adornments and smells absolutely incredible. It offers three floors of Asian antiques and accoutrements ranging from delicate glass lanterns to bronze sculptures and even a massive set of doors from India, all for sale. These photographs do not do the place justice- it has to be seen to be believed.

One of the five rooms in Dilliway

Statues and shrines

Appealing to all senses, Glastonbury is also a superb place to eat and drink and offers many great venues to kick back and enjoy a meal. I return again and again to Hundred Monkeys Cafe, to enjoy their relaxed atmosphere and hearty, healthy food.

Hundred Monkeys, at the top of the High Street

Today I ate a green veg and satay salad, and loved it. Also on offer was a delicious Thali Dahl with smoky Beetroot and Cauliflower.

As colourful and characterful as the town

Easy on the eye, fun for the taste buds

We arrived during a market today, and so lunchtime offered the perfect opportunity to read up on our Glastonbury purchases. I bought a green opal from the 'Mostly Crystals' stall, which was one of many thronging the lower half of the High Street. It is on my desk as I write this now, as a happy reminder of our visit today. I hope to return very soon, to make more happy memories.

Happy healing, the Glastonbury way
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Why? Wonderful, creative, inspiring town
When: Always
Phone: 01458 833386
Where: 26 miles from Bath Spa Station
Cost: Entirely up to you
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