Glastonbury is a lively tourist town, attracting pilgrims and holidaymakers most of the year round. But it really comes into its own from Beltane onwards. This ancient Irish festival has become an important part of the Wheel of the Year in the Pagan Revival. Residents and visitors celebrate May Day or Beltane in various ways, and the festivities are so vivid that even the Guardian reported them at length!
Another more recent Glastonbury event is the Dragons parade (pictured above). We also have a Dragons Conference!
From Beltane onwards, Glastonbury enters the summer season. This weekend, for example, we have the International Alchemy Guild's Conference, an interesting first for Glastonbury. For those whose spiritual interests run more to the mysteries of interconnection and the green world of nature than to the alchemist's lab, there are various events which are hosted by or of interest to Druids.
Of course, there are plenty of ways for pilgrims to enjoy and experience the sacred landscape of Glastonbury without attending any organised meetings or groups. Why not come for the Summer Solstice and witness Sunrise or Sunset from on top of the Tor?
In all, there are so many events in town this summer that even the keenest spiritual seeker could not possibly attend them all. But one major fixture in Glastonbury's year that deserves mention is the Goddess Conference, which runs from the 28th of July to the 6th of August this year and is sure to bring visitors and seekers from all over the world.
Kylemore House will be open for the entire summer season. So whether you are visiting Glastonbury for festive celebration, spiritual education, or for retreat and contemplation, we look forward to welcoming you and affording you a pleasant stay!