Getting to Glastonbury
You know it must be good when thousands of festival-goers head for a teeny dot that’s barely visible on a map. So, where is Glastonbury Festival actually held? The short answer is: Pilton. But it’s more accurate to say that it all unfolds on the green fields of Worthy Farm near the small town of Shepton Mallet between the teeny villages of Pilton and Pylle in Somerset county, South West England. Glastonbury itself is a teeny town 10 km from the festival site and Castle Cary is 13 km from Shepton Mallet where you’ll find the bus and train stations. Bristol, which is the nearest city with an international airport, is 45 km from Castle Cary.
Green Travel Options
Camping included, VIP options, Payment plan
Prices in the table are quoted in GBP
Worthy Farm, Worthy Lane
type of festival
electronic, blues, jazz, pop, rock, folk, world, edm / drum & bass / dubstep, techno / house / garage, hip-hop & rap, reggae & dub, r&b / soul / funk, rock & roll, acoustic & instrumental
dance: dancing; film: animation, shorts; art: creative, visual arts & installations, multimedia; theatre: street performance, circus & acrobatics, comedy & cabaret, experimental
start Wed, 21 June 2017
end Sun, 25 June 2017
Glastonbury: Stages, Tents & Circus
Glastonbury Festival is four days of euphoric open-air carnivalesque mayhem for throngs of ecstatic revellers to imbibe contemporary rock, pop, folk, electro, hip-hop, blues, soul, funk, bass, dance and world music by top international artists performing from tents and outdoor stages on the green fields of Worthy Farm near Pilton village in Somerset, England. It’s one of the best UK music festivals, one of the most popular contemporary performing arts events in Europe, and considered the largest greenfield festival in the world, with an annual attendance surpassing 175,000.
While not forgetting its natural freedom-loving, hippie-ethic roots, Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm accommodates over 100 outdoor stages & tents, late-night bars, lounges, clubs, a cabaret, a circus big top (replete with highflying acrobatic performances), a theatre, a comedy club, the Pilton Palais cinema tent, giant art installations and a gargantuan Pyramid Stage that’s been graced by the likes of Mick Jagger, Bobby Womack, David Bowie, Van Morrison, The Cure, Radiohead, The Who, Lenny Kravitz, Paul McCartney, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Mumford & Sons, Arctic Monkeys and Primal Scream.
Although all events are on Worthy Farm, Glastonbury Festivals are a series of separate celebrations spread throughout the green fields, which are divided into over 20 zones, and range from spaces for debauchery and wild parties to areas designed for spiritual introspection, quiet relaxation and children’s play.
Let loose with thousands of writhing bodies at Silver Hayes – the massive newly-renovated dance village, indulge in revelry at the legendary after-hour parties in Shangri-La pleasure city, share ideas where joie de vie meets raison d’être with radical debates and comedy at Left Field, or join family events where eco-friendly technology convenes with nature’s inspiration at Green Fields, the Healing Field and Kidz Field.
Glastonbury Festival is the UK’s not to be missed summer event!
Glastonbury Festival bridges the musical generation & genre gap by serving up a feast of contradictions, from the British pop-indie-post-punk of The Vaccines to the lyrical sagas of American country music hall of famer Kenny Rogers. It may be as English as its green fields, but the stages are as multicultural as the genre-bending rumba-madiaba-folk-pop musician Jupiter Bokondji and his band Okwess International (originally from the Congo), and Mali-born ngoni master (traditional lute player) Bassekou Kouyate.
Each year Glastonbury Music Festival finds a way of topping itself with first time headline acts that began in the 1970s with T. Rex, followed by David Bowie Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison, The Cure, Joe Cocker, R.E.M., Moby, The Who, Paul McCartney and continued the WOW-factor tradition with Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Primal Scream, and finally The Rolling Stones – with Mick Jagger singing Glastonbury Girl from the Pyramid Stage! But the festival line-up also tops itself under the Big Top with eye-popping presentations of acrobatics & circus feats such as the Incandescence Night Circus and the blazing interpretations of folk tales by Australian fire performers, Will-o’-the-Wisp. How can Glastonbury continue to top itself? Festival founder, Michael Eavis, assures fans he’s up to the challenge and won’t “give up trying to make the next one better”.
Aside from the booming beats on the main stages and the alluring stunts in the theatre and circus venues, the worthiness of Worthy Farm is open to discovery. Saunter over to the more secret areas like the Glasto Latino and partake of salsa dance classes and wiggle your merengue-loving hips to Latin rhythms with groups such as Alma de Cuba y Los Guanches, or sit back and watch a film at the Pilton Palais or voice your opinions in a debate at the Speakers Forum.
Glastonbury culture is about bopping to pop, jazz, folk, alternative, electronic, rock’n’roll & world music; celebrating life through art, theatre, circus, cinema, poetry and self-expression while ecstatically engaging in eco-friendly parting on the green expanses of Worthy Farm in England.
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Pitching your tent on the grounds in designated zones is not only allowed but included in the standard ticket price. Numerous camping areas are well marked throughout the fields, some at the heart of the action near the Pyramid Stage, and others in quiet spots on the fringes of the festival grounds. Choose from:
Two Family Camp Zones
Pre-erected Tents at Worthy View
If you don’t want to haul gear to and from the festival, or are coming from abroad, there’s an option of hiring a pre-erected tent at Worthy View. All the tents are ready to move into. Just unzip and unpack! Worthy View is situated off-site, but not far the main area, just 250m from Pennard Hill Gate, above Stone Circle field. One of the perks is a panoramic view of the festival grounds below.
Tipis in the Tipi Field
One of the most unique experiences at Glastonbury is hiring a tipi in the Tipi Field. Tipi Field is situated close to Stone Circle, near the main Park. Hiring a Glastonbury Tipi doesn’t include bedding but allows the use of:
Eats & Drinks: Bars, Restaurants, Food Stalls, Food BYO, BYOB, BBQ, Water
Fresh & Clean: Toilets, Shower
Cash & Shops: Cash, Shops
Zone In & Out: Wi-Fi Zone, VIP Zone, Kids Zone, Chill Zone
Glastonbury Amenities include:
Guides & Maps
The grounds are extensive. View the official Glastonbury Festival Map to cross-reference where amenities are located in relation to your camping area and to browse specific Areas by name.
Datesstart Wed, 21 June 2017
end Sun, 25 June 2017
Glastonbury opens the UK summer festival season every year at the end of June.
Season & Weather
Temperature: 10 to 18 °C
Glastonbury weather can be unpredictable. Temperatures range from cool to hot with daytime highs that can reach up to 30 °C. Prepare for rain, possible mud and cool nights!
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