We went last year and stayed at Cherry Hinton - it was great. Didn’t miss having showers even though the weather was really hot. Just had a bit of a wash with a flannel and a bit of water in a basin every morning and washed hair - organic shampoo obviously - outside of the tent in water with we’d left to warm up in the sun.
The walk from the car park to the site was maybe 10 minutes though we pitched our tents really quite close to the entrance. Probably wouldn’t do that again as it would have been better to be a bit closer to the loos (though not too close obviously).
There was quite a long queue to get in on the first day but we were in and the tent up in about an hour and a half - then we went to get our wristbands etc. It is important to get the tag for your tent and make sure it’s visible to security; they do remove tents without them (assuming the same rules apply this year as last).
The chairs are less of an issue than I had thought they might have been. Yes, there are rows and rows and rows of them - god knows what time people get up to select their spot but the fields were full by the time we got there each day - luckily we didn’t have chairs with us, so really didn’t care. There are no chairs allowed in the tents and that rule is strictly enforced so they didn’t spoil our enjoyment of any of the acts we went to see.
Overall, we thought it was a really lovely festival. Great selection of both drink and food and, mostly, really friendly people (some notable exceptions but maybe they stood out so much because they were in such a minority). We would definitely have been there again this year if the line up had been more to our taste - there isn’t enough else to do there if the line-up doesn’t suit.
Hope you have a fabulous time.