Things to do in Glastonbury – a day out in pictures

After revelations last week that Bee has been to Wookey Hole, I thought she might also be interested to know, (although I think she does already), that her first proper outing, aged about a week old, was to Glastonbury.

I’ve always liked Glastonbury and although I wouldn’t consider myself a particularly spiritual person there is something about it that draws me in when I’m feeling a little restless or like I need to recharge or refocus. It has a soothing effect on me, calming me and making me feeling more positive about things.

Like with all places you’ve been visiting since a child, certain rituals and routines become established, and a visit to Glastonbury for us always means lunch at the Blue Note Cafe. I’m pretty sure it’s not the best cafe in Glastonbury, but it’s just where we have always gone. As a child, I particularly enjoyed asking for the code for the toilets and going out to the courtyard, around the corner past the dragon holding a ball, and feeling like a spy, inputting the numbers on the metal panel.

Things to do in Glastonbury

Things to do in Glastonbury

Things to do in GlastonburyIn the courtyard is Star Child. Lured in by the amazing smell, you’ll find candles (beautifully arranged in colour order), essential oils, books and incense and, behind the counter, rows and rows of plastic jars full of herbs, a bit like an old fashioned sweet shop for hippies.

I love their large astrological candles as the colours are beautiful and they burn for what feels like weeks.

Star Child Glastonbury

Star Child Glastonbury

Star Child GlastonburyThen we like to mooch up and down the main street for a bit. It’s basically crystal shops in various guises, but it’s full of colour and wonderful smells. One of my favourites is a three storey, red fronted shop, with a name I can’t remember, about half way up the hill on the left hand side. All three floors are full of lanterns and throws and beautiful painted furniture, and I love the mix of wood and colour.

Things to do in Glastonbury

Things to do in GlastonburyRemember to explore the alleyways off the main street, as there are plenty of treasures to be found here too.

Are you a Glastonbury fan? Do you have somewhere you like to visit to bring a bit of colour into your life?

Things to do in Glastonbury




  1. Louisa Bassett
    9 April, 2015 / 1:24 pm

    I love Glastonbury. One of my best friends moved there when we left school and I make sure that I pop down to see her at least once a year. It is a good stop off for us on the way down to Cornwall and my children the love the November carnival. Looking forward to my trip down to Glastonbury in May.

  2. 9 April, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    Glastonbury is a special place, with a great feel to it. Its so laid back. We like the ‘Burns the bread’ bakery.

    • Jo Middleton
      9 April, 2015 / 7:41 pm

      Haha! Yes, we love that one :-)

  3. 9 April, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    Ah good old Glasto. I grew up there, in fact I used to work in the Blue Note, I can still remember making those honey, lemon and ginger drinks! I had such a good time growing up there, we used to go up the tor every Friday night with a bottle of vodka! And before the festival the town would come alive with loads of hippies hanging around for weeks before, it’s all a bit different now though as only students ever get tickets. Def worth a visit though! x

  4. 9 April, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    My wife works in Glastonbury and is always coming home with strange tails. Often when she goes shopping in Morrison’s on the way home there’s an owl tied up outside.

  5. Effy
    10 April, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    I love Glastonbury, its one of my dreams to live there or retire there, I also find it very healing. :)

  6. 11 April, 2015 / 3:22 pm

    I LOVE Glastonbury! My Hometown. ❤
    The sites, smells, sounds are just so amazing.
    DId you visit the Tor, or the Well? :)
    Sarah xx

  7. 13 April, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    yay a fellow somerset local! I love going into glastonbury.. but La Terre is my choice for a coffee stop off and you cant miss going into that divine shop Dilliway & Dilliway on the high street for a beautiful assortment of important INdian furniture and homewares.

    • Jo Middleton
      14 April, 2015 / 9:53 am

      Hooray, we should be friends! La Terre is lovely and I think Dilliway & Dilliway may actually be the shop with the red front that I couldn’t remember the name of?? It’s over three floors and has lovely wooden/painted staircases and floors? I love it in there.

  8. 23 April, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    Ahh, I grew up in Wells, so glad to hear the Blue Note and Star Child are still there! Used to love their incense and oils. Teenage memories of buying joss sticks, funny herbal cigarettes, patchwork trousers (the 90s, OK) and tarot cards (I still have mine).

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