Glastonbury is a fascinating place and since time immemorial, people have journeyed here to experience this rich place of legend, romance, myth and history. A centre of pilgrimage for millennia, Glastonbury has a strange and powerful 'pull' that today draws people from many different walks and paths of life, from all over the world.
This small market/pilgrimage town in the south-west of England sits beneath the intriguing Glastonbury Tor. Its potpourri of independent shops and organisations on a bustling High Street abounds with diversity. Glastonbury of the 21st century has emerged as a place that integrates many paths and beliefs and this is reflected in the wide and varied cultural experiences, activities and colourful personalities that can be found in this vibrant, captivating place.
Glastonbury Reception Centre is a unique and welcoming place, supporting visitors and seekers on all paths or none. Many are called to be here and often visit the town, and our centre, time and time again. Be warned though, once 'hooked', those that have had undergone the 'Glastonbury Experience' are known to feel a deep longing and yearning, hiraeth, to return 'Home'.
If this is your first time here, we offer you a warm welcome. Kick back, explore and enjoy our website. We look forward to welcoming you to our Centre when you arrive. We hope we can assist you, in person, to find out more about our colourful town, how you might experience it in a way that suits you best and what Glastonbury has to offer.
Hiraeth /hɪəraɪ̯θ/ is a Welsh word that has no direct English translation. The University of Wales, Lampeter attempts to define it as homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia and wistfulness. [Wikipedia]
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This 'snapshot' of Glastonbury
was made in 2012. As is the transformational nature of Glastonbury, things change very quickly and so not quite up-to-date. A new one will be added soon
but in the meantime, we welcome you to enjoy its flavour
Visit our online store and find unique and locally made items.
All proceeds go directly to
keeping our Centre open.
Celebrating our Unity Through Diversity
Unity Through Diversity is an expression which has been in use for thousands of years and in essence, implies a working together of all aspects of a community without losing the special personality and beliefs of the individual projects and people involved.
"In these changing times, I've recently felt that there must be a better way forward that leads away from a disjointed & separated society where everything is about the individual and not the community. My visit to Glastonbury has shown me that it is already on the way towards that aim!
Stephanie Nash - Florida, USA
"Building bridges between diverse beliefs is essential if we want to live in a community that has great social cohesion. It doesn’t have to mean we have to all become one homogenised blob of humanity, but it CAN mean that we can respect each other, even if we don’t agree. We can also take our acceptance one step further, by proactively encouraging and supporting people of good heart and intention on their own path through life. We know only too well that there is widespread agreement that bridge building can be successful in reducing prejudice and hostility between different groups and in helping people to live peacefully alongside each other."
Morgana West - Manager, Glastonbury Reception Centre