Here in Somerset we keep a few surprises up our sleeve!
You’d never expect that our peaceful pastures would give rise to the world’s biggest and best known long-running pop festival. But you’ll find the Glastonbury Festival – Glasto to friends – springing up each June at Worthy Farm.
This is actually at Pilton, just down the road from Glastonbury, and you might hear old-timers speak of the Pilton Pop Festival, so don’t get confused.
Tourism owes much to farmers who have diversified with different ways of welcoming visitors onto their land, and Somerset’s most famous farmer, Michael Eavis, has certainly diversified.
In 1970 he got the idea for the first festival, and the Glastonbury Festival been running most years since then.
While Michael still raises fine dairy cattle, you could say that he’s running a music farm, or a people farm, as well, and we’re all very glad of it.
He and his family, especially daughter Emily, have been very active in promoting Somerset tourism for decades.
He’s a well known and distinctive local figure, legendary for wearing shorts in all weathers.
A list of all the acts and performers who have entertained packed crowds at the five-day Glastonbury Festival reads like a roll call of modern music.
Every year anything up to 200,000 people turn up to see them, creating a substantial tented city at Pilton for one week a year.
Every kind of alternative lifestyle is also represented - It’s a wonderful scene!
The only problem is that tickets sell out in minutes, and I’m afraid we can’t arrange them for you but it’s quite a spectacle just being around the area.
Worthy Farm’s also quite close to the Royal Bath & West Showground, where there are big events going on most weeks of the year.
The two sites between them bring a tremendous amount of entertainment to this very dynamic corner of Somerset!