Getting A Ticket
Before you worry about the rain, the toilets, which bands you're going to see, what you're going to eat, where you're going to pitch camp, how you're going to get there etc etc there's one majorly difficult obstacle you muct overcome first.... getting a ticket.
They usually sell out within 3 hours of going on sale and tend to go on sale in April but the exact date is different each year. www.aloud.com is the best resource for purchasing tickets and will give information before hand. Basically though, getting a ticket is not an easy task.
They are available online and by phone. Basically, you have to be awake and ready to go when they go on sale and try persistently until you succeed. You can only buy two tickets and need to give the names and addresses of who the tickets are going to at time of purchase. Therefore you need to co-ordinate with your travelling companions who's buying who's ticket etc.
Esentially, work in a pair. One of you try continuously clicking the web link until you get lucky and reach the payment page (only a certain number of people can connect to the server at any one time) and the other try relentlessly ringing the phone number until you get through. It's tough... you may not get lucky but persistence will usually pay off and don't give up until the tickets are sold out... then relax!
Light a campfire when you've returned from all the music at night.
You won't be able to find much wood laying about but you can buy sacks of eco-friendly material that'll be good to keep a fire burning for a night or two for about a fiver. Just don't leave it out in the rain.
The buliding on top of the Tor...
The buliding on top of the Tor is St Michael's Tower built by the christians as usual to dominate what was a pagan site it suvived the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1539. There have been wonderful archaelogical finds which add to the history and mystery of this unique site. Flints from the palaeolithic, mesolithic and neolithic times have been found along with roman pottery remains.
At the bottom of the Tor is the Well Spring Cafe, a welcome respite on days like this.
High above the little town, Glastonbury Tor is considered a sacred site by many and thought to be home of Gwyn ap Nudd, King of the Underworld. Fantastic views over the surrounding countryside.
It was here that the last abbot and his treasurer were executed in 1539 for opposing Henry VIII.
It isn`t always this pictuesque.
In the summer months Glastonbury can get quite busy and for a small town this means congestion but in the early spring months you can almost have it all to yourselves. Here we are walking up the lanes towards the Tor, no hoardes of tourists or cars to bother us, we had the whole place to ourselves. It was well worth the effort to get pictures such as this and to enjoy the ancient Tor as it must have once been, quiet and alone with nature.