Glastonbury 2013 – the shop fronts

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Most years, at the end of June, 200,000 people are steered to pass by or/and encouraged not to go into the town of Glastonbury (logistics I assume) to instead  revel at the makeshift Glastonbury Festival, which, in reality, is 7 miles away from the town. In fact the festival is only 3 miles from the larger town of Shepton Mallet,  but a very clever someone, sometime, somewhere decided that ‘Shepton Mallet Festival’ simply wouldn’t have the same mystical ring to it and therefore wouldn’t be anywhere near as marketable – so Glastonbury Festival it became.
If you visit the town during what is said to be the world’s largest festival of performing arts, you would find it at its quietest.
Glastonbury the town is celebrated for many things – the legends surrounding the mystical Tor, the belief that the cup of the last supper also known as ‘the holy grail’  by Arthurians is buried at chalice Well and that King Arthur and his bride Guinevere are buried in the ruined Abbey – indeed Glastonbury is the Ancient Isle of Avalon -but in the end a town is judged primarily and possibly quite sadly by its shops,  and millions of people over the decades truly miss the Diagon alleyesque of the town itself – something the Tourist Board has seemingly and quite ignorantly never fathomed – so without further ado I attach a portfolio of some, but by no means all, of the shop fronts and maybe the red pill that awaits you.
Most speak for themselves of what’s inside…
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Natural Earthling is mostly a yoga shop

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Nicholas Cage, who has a home in Glastonbury, is a regular visitor to Little Imps but is yet to buy the phenomenal wooden castle in the window.

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the former Woolworth building put to a very non-paraben use!

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and if you have a shop front in mind – buildings for sale can be had at

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not a shop front per se, but great art on a Glastonbury mall/arcade wall.

So don’t pass by, spend a weekend in Glastonbury proper. There are many more shops than those posted here but very few ‘normal’ ones, I’m happy to say 🙂

see also ‘Drugs on the West Highland Way’
https://kevollier.com/2012/09/21/west-highland-way/

and the first post of 25 about the author’s experience in North India on the ‘spiritual trip’
https://kevollier.com/2014/04/12/north-india-in-23-days-day-1-glastonbury-to-delhi/

plus much more at
https://kevollier.com/

43 thoughts on “Glastonbury 2013 – the shop fronts

    1. yes I know! I can’t believe the shop fronts have never been publicised. The Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce and the Tourist information people are seemingly out of touch in quite a big way.

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  1. Shame! You missed out the co-op, the three high street banks, the two newsagents, the butchers, the green grocers, the bakers, the two solicitors, the other three estate agents, the rest of the charity shops, the pound shop, and the eight pubs that are on or near the high street. Show me another town of the size of Glastonbury with such a healthy functioning ecosystem…

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  2. Well done Kev all the retailers really need this – town so quiet over festival and after – wonderful pics of shop fronts

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    1. many thanks Sue. The town’s shops are not celebrated enough with most ol the commerce focus going to Wells and Clarks Village but Glastonbury’s shops are what visitors love and remember most!

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  3. Lovely to see this – thankyou 🙂

    Can you add Zapps the Newsagents? They have been a fixture of Glastonbury high street for over 60 years!

    It would be fabulous to see a blogpost like this every season with all the changing shopfronts and displays 🙂

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  4. Thats great well done Kev….We’ve all have been saying it for years, thanx for compiling this. There is so much creativity and positivity in Glastonbury, there really is nowhere else quite like it. Come and visit, it will quench your thirst in many ways…..nourishing the mind, body and soul. xxx Tanya

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  5. This is excellent! A brilliant snapshot in time for the archives as well.

    Glastonbury only is what it is because of its many ambassadors….like your good self.

    Top work Sir. Much respect.

    Don’t forget Proper Job!

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  6. Great too see all the shops but you missed ours 😦 The Wonky Broomstick No 7 The Gauntlet you took a picture of the front of the Gauntlet and half way down it but I am second shop in from front selling all handcrafted witch and Wiccan items including Wonky Broomsticks so if you could add us next time be very much appreciated and thank you again as all publicity is brilliant especially being down one of the many alley ways in Glastonbury but reckon ours is very much like Diagon Alley 🙂

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  7. I am visiting one week after the festival, I’m told that there is life in the many courtyards and pubs where one can experience the “good old 60s” with wacky music and occasional Hippy.
    Hope I’m not dissapointed

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  8. Hi Kevin, great blog, my husband and I visited last September and were completely enchanted. We came across a gorgeous Christmas shop but can’t seem to find it anywhere,can anyone help?

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