- Created: Thursday, 06 June 2019 11:23
If you're arriving early for Glastonbury Festival, you may, after scouring the festival map and touring the site to get your bearings, find yourself with a little time on your hands.
Now you're very welcome to stay at the The Pop-Up Hotel and enjoy the spa and salon, relax, do a little people watching maybe (you never know who you might spot staying with us), or just put your feet up and conserve your energy for the weekend to come. But if it's your first time in our lovely neck of the woods, you might well fancy a little local exploring, so we thought you might find it useful to have a few ideas on where to spend a happy hour or so.
You really shouldn't come and go without seeing Glastonbury Tor, one of the UK's most iconic mystical locations. If you're feeling up to the climb, the views from the top are stunning, you're on the Dragon Path and will find shade on a sunny day in St Michael's tower. Rich in otherworldly lore, it's worth reading up some of the theories and stories before you get there.
Close to the foot of the Tor is the sunlit gardens and Chalice Well which is said to be where the Holy Grail was hidden and just around the corner, the candle-lit White Spring; water from both is said to have healing benefits.
The high street in Glastonbury has to be experienced; it's a high street like no other. Colourful in so many ways. Visit the Goddess Temple, enjoy tunes in the street by local musicians, stop for a drink in the Pilgrims (built in the 1400s to accommodate visitors to Glastonbury Abbey), browse its quirky shops, and to finish, take a stroll around the beautiful and impressive abbey ruins at the bottom of the street.
If you really can't go a full weekend without a full blown retail therapy session, award winning Kilver Court Designer Village is "where it's to" (as we say in Somerset). Set in beautiful old stone buildings, you'll find designer shopping, restaurants, gardens and nursery, and the Mulberry shop is just a stroll up the hill.
A little further afield but Wells, often called Britain's smallest city, is worth a wander. It is a compact, picturesque, lively place that may look familiar if you've seen Hot Fuzz. At one end of town, there's a cobbled market square that leads to the moated Medieval Bishops Palace and at the other you'll find the Gothic style Cathedral, its astronomical clock and the green. The high street has coffee shops and cafe's and an ice cream bar that's hard to pass by.
Don't forget though if you are heading out and about to take a quick traffic check as festival traffic can mean it takes a little longer to get where you're going. Happy travels.