‘An extravaganza of seasonal magnificence’ was promised for this years annual Glastonbury Frost Fayre and it certainly delivered.
Approaching the High Street was a delight for all the senses. The smells of incense, mulled cider, hog roast and exotic street food filled the cold air, sounds of happy people and musicians coming from all corners. There was a rainbow of colours from shop fronts, stalls, performers and the Glastonbury crowd itself.
It was a perfect cold crisp day with the winter sun hanging low in the sky and a festive feel to Glastonbury as folk swished about in their cloaks offering seasonal greetings. Morris dancers jingled as they walked and a posse of elves roamed amid the crowds. I didn’t see Santa myself but there were whispers that he was about…
Stalls were selling an enormous range of clothes and crafts, candles and crystals, curiosities and confectionery. We saw amazing cupcakes, local ales, perfect presents and gorgeous gifts.
Four stages showcased performers singing and playing, the Abbey was open with free entry and children’s activities and a car park full of vintage cars were on display at St Dunstans car park. Children’s fairground rides and face painting and a Santa’s Grotto. There was a Farmers Market and Christmas Markets to browse and buy from.
The best thing about the whole day though was just being there as part of the crowd. Happy, shiny Glastonbury people. Dreadlocks and velvet, cloaks and fur robes, stomping boots and fairy wings. As darkness fell the Christmas tree lights were switched on. It truly felt like the start of Christmas in Glastonbury.
The Glastonbury Frost Fayre is an annual event and well worth marking on your calendar for next year. Why not think about a trip to start your festive season, check out our what’s on page for local events. Middlewick is just a short 25 minute walk into the town centre and the perfect base to explore.