Whats on in Glastonbury and Somerset

There is always a really wonderful and varied calendar of events around us here in Glastonbury catering for an amazing range of interests. We are sure you will find something special to do while you are staying with us. Of course you are more than welcome to do nothing and just relax as well!

Monthly Calendar

February 2020

Saturday 1st February

Imbolc Celebrations with the Friends of Bride’s Mound
The Friends of Brides Mound invite you to join us for the day, traditionally known as Imbolc, the feast day of St. Brigid.

For further information follow this link

Saturday and Sunday 8th - 23rd February

Snowdrop weekends at the Bishops Palace
Our “Snowdrop Celebrations” are set to return in 2020, but this year, will run for three consecutive weekends.

A variety of craft stalls and spring plants and snowdrops will be for sale in the Stable Yard and free area. So, head over to the Palace this February to celebrate the beginning of Spring and to enjoy these beautiful flowers in a stunning setting.

Monday 10th February

Godney Wassail
Join our secret garden wassail. One of the best around. Cider. Entertainment. Band. Lantern Parade. Mummers. Food included. All proceeds go the the village hall fund. £10, children £3


Saturday and Sunday 15th - 16th February

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival
A Festival For The Whole Community
Join us for the 2019 Snowdrop Festival, celebrating all that is good about Shepton Mallet and this beautiful winter flower
Arts & Crafts Workshops – Exhibitions – Window Displays – Rambles & Trails – Plantings – Tea & Cake – Talks – Competitions

Saturday to Sunday 15th - 23rd February

Half Term Trail at the Bishops Palace
This February Half Term, the family activities will be based around a “Nature” theme, with a children’s themed trail running throughout the holiday week.

Little ones can take a journey following images of flowers in bud around the site, discovering different locations within the Gardens.

Tuesday 18th February

Crafty Cats at the Bishops Palace
Join us at The Bishop’s Palace in 2020 for our popular “Crafty Cats” sessions, taking place on Tuesdays during school holidays in the medieval Undercroft.

On Tuesday 18th February, Crafty Cats will be doing some snowdrop finger painting, snowman biscuit decorating, paper pancake-making and a pancake word search! The session will run from 10:30am-3pm and families can drop in at any time.

Friday 21st February

Paint a bug sun catcher – At Glastonbury Abbey
Pop along to this fun session, choose a bug sun catcher then get creative as you use the paint pens to colour it in. Then add your hemp string and its ready to take home and hang in your window.
Why not go off on an adventure into the abbeys wildlife area with a trail sheet and visit the bug mansion too.

This family activity will take place between 11am-1pm on Friday 21st February in the Abbey Museum.

Friday and Saturday 28th and 29th February

Glastonbury Calling 2020
Glastonbury Calling is now a two-day festival on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th February, hitting its 5th year! Run by the people and venues from the town, we want to highlight the variety of great new music from the west and show off the cracking venues in the town, reinforcing the fact the town is always full of great music!

Saturday 29th February

Glastonbury Mind Body Spirit Fair
45 stallholders including readers, mediums, healers,artisans and retail stalls.
Free entry includes 4 workshops:
Animal Healing with Ali Protheroe
Working with the Violet Flame with Caroline Lewis
Mystical Shamaness Demonstration with Wildkatt
Soul Healing with Crystal Sound Activation with Priestess Bee of Avalon

Plus quality food provided by Cherished Events Catering

March 2020

Thursday 5th March

World Book Day at the Glastonbury Abbey
Its world book day, so come along to the museum between 4pm-5pm on Thursday 5th March, get comfortable on the rugs and cushions and listen to an interactive story.
Don’t forget to dress up as your favourite character and that includes the grownups too!

Saturday to Sunday 7th to 8th March

The Wedding Showcase at the Royal Bath and West
The Wedding Showcase is dubbed “the best in the west” by many of our suppliers and visiting couples, so you can be guaranteed a GREAT day out! Our family friendly event offers couples, along with their family and friends the chance to plan the day of their dreams and enjoy the entire experience!

Wednesday 11th March

The Art of Brilliance
Middlewick and the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce preset
The Art of Brilliance with Andy Cope.
Come and Get Your Shine On.
Art of Brilliance is a 90 minute blast of positivity
Early twilight start at 6.30pm makes it ideal for students, business owners, employees, teachers, – oh just about anyone who wants to find out How to be Briliant in Work and in Life.
tickets are £10 each (plus 50p booking fee if booked online)

Thursday 12th March

Children’s World Charity Ball at Sparkford Hall
Children’s World Charity Ball at Sparkford Hall
Thursday 12th March 2020 7pm

Join the Children’s World team for an evening of music, entertainment and delicious food in a stunning setting.
Welcome drinks
Three Course ‘walkabout’ Supper from THE TABLE Bruton
An intimate acoustic set from the Nick Parker Duo
A bespoke auction of Extraordinary Items
DJ set from Gloworm
Cash Bar

Sunday 22nd March

Rare Plant Fair at the Bishops Palace
There are 14 acres of gardens to explore, including the beautiful well-pools from which the city takes its name. There is evidence that a garden existed here even before Bishop Jocelin began work on the Palace c.1206. Over the years the gardens have changed as successive bishops have added their legacy.

April 2020

Saturday to Sunday 18th - 19th April

Glastonbury Abbey Medieval Fayre 2020
Glastonbury Abbey Medieval Fayre will be held across the weekend of the 18th and 19th of April 2020. Winner of the silver award in the Tourism event of the year category at the recent Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards for 2019, the Glastonbury Abbey Medieval Fayre will be bigger and better in 2020.

The fayre opens from 10am to 5pm each day and your ticket includes access to the abbey ruins as well as the medieval fayre.

Friday 24th April

Wells Festival of Film
In April 2020, join The Bishop’s Palace for a fabulous outdoor screening of the classic 1978 film ‘Grease’ in its sing-along version.

Join in with well-loved numbers such as ‘Grease Lightning’, ‘Summer Lovin’’ and of course ‘You’re the One That I Want’.

This event is part of Wells Festival of Film, in collaboration with the Wells Film Centre. Fancy dress is encouraged!

Bring your own blanket or low-backed seating (seating not provided) and an umbrella, as the show will go on whatever the weather.
This event usually sells out quickly – tickets now available from www.wellsfilmcentre.co.uk

May 2020

Sunday 3rd May

Glastonbury Road Run

Cheer on this years road runners for Glastonbury road run, running through Glastonbury high street.


Glastonbury Fringe Festival 2019
2019 will be the 8th year of the Fringe Festivals annual opening event at Glastonbury Abbey. This year the lineup features:

Tankus the Henge
Noel & Webb
Break Beat Bandits

Tickets are on sale from March 1st

Thursday to Saturday 28th - 30th May

Royal Bath and West Show The Royal Bath & West Show is England’s Biggest Celebration of Rural Life and England’s only 4 day Royal Show. A Celebration of Great British Agriculture, Entertainment, Food & Drink

June 2020

TBC June

Weston Air Festival
Weston Air Festival will return this summer with breathtaking air displays over the stunning seafront and beach lawns at Weston-Super-Mare. Offering free entertainment for all the family.

Friday 12th June

Top of the Gorge Festival 2020
Join us for our third visit to the Top of the Gorge this summer, for a festival filled with outdoor adventure, inspirational speakers and plenty of challenges and activities to take part in.

July 2020

Friday 17th July

Godney Gathering
The Godney Gathering is one of the best single day micro festivals in the country.  With Seven stages featuring over 50 individual stage performances.

August 2020

TBC August

Glastonbury Extravaganza
This years Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza will take place on Saturday 3 August, 2019, when the event will return to the Abbey’s spectacular surroundings for the 23rd time.

TBC August

Pop Up Pub and BBQ

Our Pop Up Pub and BBQ will be back in action over the summer months starting the 20th of July. Cooking up our delicious Wick burgers (meat or veggie) alongside our Pop Up Pub selling Cider, Beer, Wines and soft drinks. Join us for good food, good drink and good fun. If it rains(which it won’t) we will move it inside.

TBC August

Pizza Night-
All you can make and eat pizza buffet-
We make and supply all the dough and toppings for you to roll out and create your own pizza. Our pizza chef than cooks it up for you in our outdoor wood burning pizza oven.
Our pizza nights are great social events open to both the guests staying with us here at Middlewick as well as locals and visitors to Glastonbury.
Children and Dogs very welcome.
We can cater to most dietary requirements including gluten Free and Dairy Free(just let us know when you book)
£12.50 per person includes All you can Eat Pizza, Salads and Dessert Pizzas.
Children Under 12 Half Price.
Runs from 5.30pm – 8.30pm.

September 2020

Sunday 13th September

Rare Plant Fair at the Bishops Palace
Building on the success of our popular Spring Fair at The Bishop’s Palace, we return in September for our Autumn Fair.

Saturday to Sunday 19th - 20th September

October 2020

TBC October

Glastonbury Festival Run 2019
The Festival Run will be returning on 20th October 2019.
There will be a choice of 2k, 5k and 10k distances for everyone to enjoy. We will be opening entries soon.

November 2019

Saturday 2nd November

Guy Fawkes Bridgwater Carnival.
For more information visit our blog post. Bridgwater Carnival

Saturday TBC November

North Petherton Carnival
Part of the Somerset Carnival series.  One of the best towns to watch the event as it has great parking and easy access.

Wednesday TBC November

Shepton Mallet Carnival
Part of the Guy Fawkes Somerset Carnival Series. Read about the origins on our blog post. Guy Fawkes Carnival

Friday TBC November

Wells City Carnival
Part of the Somerset Series of Carnivals.

Saturday TBC November

Glastonbury Illuminated Carnival The Somerset Carnivals are widely regarded as the largest illuminated processions in the UK and Europe, and here they, are right on our doorstep! And guess what? The carnivals are free! However, please do give generously to the collection floats, which benefit many local charities. – See more

Saturday 28th November

Glastonbury Frost Fayre. A seasonal event on the High St in Glastonbury. Food, Music, and many stalls selling everything wonderful from Glastonbury and Somerset. Always fun.

Saturday TBC November

Frost Fayre at Glastonbury Abbey
This year for Frost fayre Glastonbury Abbey will be free entry between midday and 15:30 so if you fancy a bit of quiet time during the day come along to the abbey and wander the grounds for free or visit the cafe for a nice sit down and warm beverage.

There will be four choirs performing in the Lady Chapel from 2pm also.

December 2020

TBC from 1st December

Longleat Festival of Light
Showcasing a brand new theme, the unmissable Festival of Light will return!

Selected dates from the 9th November til the 5th January

TBC December

Bath Christmas Market
Over 200 chalets spread out across the streets of Bath each year selling handmade and local Christmas gifts.  Starts the 28th of November and runs until the 15th of December.

TBC December

Christmas at Bishops Palace
The rooms of the medieval Palace building will each be adorned with decorations on a different theme, from medieval through Victorian to Nordic. The Entrance Hall will be warmed by a roaring fire, and seasonal greenery and foliage from the Palace Gardens will be used to create stunning adornments to complement the historic interiors.

There will also be a Christmas-themed family trail which will take visitors through the Palace & Gardens, leading to a traditional nativity scene at the end. Family Christmas craft sessions will be taking place, giving children the chance to create handmade decorations, perfect as a gift to granny or to adorn their own tree.

TBC December

Father Christmas at Bishops Palace
For younger visitors, a ticket can be bought to visit Father and Mother Christmas who will be meeting children in the Palace on selected dates throughout December. Each child will get individual time with Father Christmas, and of course, a gift!


TBC December

Glastonbury Abbey Christmas Market
To celebrate Christmas this year we are offering a Christmas Market in the Abbot’s Kitchen. There will be choir performances from Street sings choir and the Avalonian free state choir, food and drink and a variety of stalls to visit.

The market starts at midday and closes at 7pm each day. Entry to the market and abbey grounds between midday and 4pm is by donation. Entry to the market after 4pm is free.

TBC December

Wells Christmas Market
The regular Wells Saturday Market will host additional stalls to create a festive atmosphere in the historic city. The extended seasonal market will be located through the Bishop’s Eye in the Bishop’s Palace Green.

January 2021

TBC TBC January

Glastonbury Body Art Festival 2020 …The Realm Of Psychedelia
30 talented artists and models from around the country let their imaginations run wild to create fantastical bright colourful creatures and beings that live in a realm called Psychedelia

Daytime entry 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Come and see the artwork being created throughout the day, talk with the artists and models. £3.00 on the door.
Evening 7.30pm Tickets available from The Bristol Ticket Office £11.00 ( walk-in tickets will also be available in Glastonbury Town, details to follow shortly)