Worthy Farm, the site of the UK’s renowned Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury, Somerset, is to be given a make over this summer. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic preventing the festival from taking place, the area will be transformed into a “family-friendly campsite” welcoming visitors throughout the school holidays. ‘Worthy Pastures‘ campsite will offer ‘a tranquil, family-friendly campsite which will welcome guests to get back to basics in nature’.
⛺️ This summer, for one year only, Worthy Farm becomes @WorthyPastures – a family-friendly campsite.— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) April 29, 2021
Booking opens 10am, Saturday 1st May. Full details at https://t.co/IvI9hEOSvl pic.twitter.com/6XLbubJ9cb
1. Facilities and attractions
According to the official website, the site will have a range of pre-erected, unfurnished bell tents and scout tents which are available to hire for 3-, 4- and 5-night stays, all of which will be well-spaced and spread across Worthy Farm. A central village green at Williams Green will host the best of local food traders selected by the Glastonbury Festival markets team, along with speciality coffees, a campsite bar and village store selling local produce and freshly baked bread. The Kidz’ Field Pink Castle and Green Kids Cadmus Ship will be available for children to enjoy, and the Pyramid field, instead of housing the main Pyramid Stage as it usually does, will be open for picnics and bike rides.
Guests are also welcome to roam the farm, whilst the site in general will have ‘a distinct festival flavour, delivered with a family-friendly audience in mind’, and each week will see a new programme of additional activities published. There will also be showers and property lock-up facilities available onsite, with Glastonbury’s three main supported causes, Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid present at the site, ‘with a shared focus on tackling climate change’.
Glastonbury organisers and owners of the farm, Michael and Emily Eavis, highlight that ‘Worthy Pastures is not a party venue: there will not be any live music, soundsystems will not be allowed and a noise curfew will be in place after 11pm.’ They encourage people to ‘Instead, come for nature, fresh air, calm and tranquillity.’ Bookings for short breaks will open from 1st May.
2. Glastonbury Festival
Since 1981 Glastonbury Festival has been held most years, except for ‘fallow years’ (such as 2018) which are taken mostly at five-year intervals in order to give the land, local population, and organisers a break. This year is the second postponing of the festival, which is usually in June, due to the pandemic. It was announced in early April that Glastonbury Festival will receive £900,000 as part of the Culture Recovery Fund, a pot of £400m emergency government culture funding.