The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Arts, which is held annually in Somerset, England, is a festival to promote Performing Arts like dancing, singing, theater and circus. It is the largest open air music concert in the world attracting almost 150,500 visitors from all parts of the world. This world famous music festival is a must see destination held in an enclosed space of 900 acres which can give you a fair idea of the immense participation and arrangement.
Glastonbury in Somerset County has a population of over 8000 and is a honey pot tourist attraction for tourists from Wales, Scotland, Ireland and several other parts of the world like Italy, Spain, France and Australia. The reason for its popularity is because of the list of top music celebrities who have been performing there for many years. Tourists and locals are equally thrilled to see them in live performances. The top celebrity list includes big names like Led Zeppelin, Beyonce, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and many more.
Another enticing reason which makes this festival so wonderful is that it is not just about another music festival starting on Fridays and ending on Sunday nights. People like to come earlier in the week, set up their tents in the middle of Somerset fields and enjoy picnicking in the picturesque English countryside. Glastonbury, a historical place dating back to the days of King Arthur, IS crowded every year at the end of June with campers lined up for the Music Festival.
Although England’s weather is unpredictable, it does not deter tourists and locals from enjoying and relishing this occasion. Besides the festival, other attractions like Kid’s Field and the Park and Dance Village are there to entertain you.
Visitors can be categorized according to campers, people in caravans and those in motor homes. There are several other reasons to make this small town, close to Bath and Bristol a tourist’s destination. Glastonbury is steeped in history and has many historical sites to attract visitors.
Glastonbury Abbey is famous for its antiquity and is considered among the oldest churches in the world. Worthy of mention are the myths surrounding this early place of worship such as the visit from Joseph of Arimathea and it is also considered to be the burial place of King Arthur.
Glastonbury Lake Village
A small village famous for its ancient Stone Age art crafts including jewellery, pottery and bones. These artifacts are of the finest craftsmanship but the village was later abandoned in 100 AD due to a water shortage.
The Tor is believed to be one of the most ancient places in human prehistory due to the primitive relics discovered on this tear-drop shaped hill and the frequent mention of the Tor in many fictional stories.
These historic and cultural edifices which attract tourists to Glastonbury are an additional reason to visit Glastonbury, but music festival remains the most popular and enthralling event to make Glastonbury the most desired destination. The festival takes place every year the last week of June.