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Hi all, just looking for some advice please. This is our first year in a campervan at Glastonbury, and we're coming in our 80s VW van. She's not the best at sitting in traffic for long periods of time so just wondering if we arrive when the field opens on the Tuesday will we be likely to get straight in or will there be lots of queuing? Happy to come a bit later if the traffic flows a bit better then. Thanks all! 

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On 6/15/2019 at 9:05 AM, Tarnishedglitter said:

Hi all, just looking for some advice please. This is our first year in a campervan at Glastonbury, and we're coming in our 80s VW van. She's not the best at sitting in traffic for long periods of time so just wondering if we arrive when the field opens on the Tuesday will we be likely to get straight in or will there be lots of queuing? Happy to come a bit later if the traffic flows a bit better then. Thanks all! 

In the past we have hit the site around 3–4 am , there is hardly any traffic on the road and in 2017 I think we were one of only three vans at the ticket check for CV East.

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We usually arrive at about 2-3pm and get in with minimal hanging around. I'd say if you come as the gates open that will be the worst and then between 1pm to 7pm ish you should be ok. After that you may start getting caught up in traffic of cars coming. 

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8 hours ago, ivan said:

In the past we have hit the site around 3–4 am , there is hardly any traffic on the road and in 2017 I think we were one of only three vans at the ticket check for CV East.

I thought in 2017, apart from a handful of vans that were let in by accident, were the fields not closed until around 6pm?

 

 

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2 hours ago, EasyUserName said:

I thought in 2017, apart from a handful of vans that were let in by accident, were the fields not closed until around 6pm?

 

 

It says on the glasto website camper fields open at noon. There are reports of people getting gin as early as 9:30/10. But then counter claims of being turned away at the same time 

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59 minutes ago, daclown28 said:

It says on the glasto website camper fields open at noon. There are reports of people getting gin as early as 9:30/10. But then counter claims of being turned away at the same time 

Sorry I meant 3-4am Weds morning 

 

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Are the roads relatively quiet around mid to late afternoon on the tuesday ? we're heading down in a campervan from the north east but have to get to the west side. unsure which way to go

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19 hours ago, EasyUserName said:

I thought in 2017, apart from a handful of vans that were let in by accident, were the fields not closed until around 6pm?

 

 

Ah, that was 2016. I was one of the lucky few, and had plenty of campervan stewards for company in m y motorhome sheltering from the weather that day

it was purely because the weather/ ground conditions were so bad that opening was delayed.

They let maybe 15-20 vans in by mistake thinking we were staff. Wondered why we weren't subject to the usual entrance scrutiny but once in they let us stay, and came and checked tickets once parked up, and shared a beer or 2 , as they had nothing to do but stand around all day.:)

Generally the site opens a bit earlier than advertised. 2017 from memory was around 8am ?...I was still asleep in a layby and got honked at to get up.....:D

 

 

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Glastonbury will have a delicate balancing act between what the licence says and what is practical on the day.

So if their head of Health & Safety thinks they are good to go and traffic is building up outside the site they will make the decision to open the gates earlier.

That's why in 2017 with a heatwave forecast that day they opened the Pedestrian gates an hour earlier on the Weds to get people through to the camp sites and facilities rather having them sat in the baking heat in a bare field.

Funny as that was the year we were supposed to be subjected to serious security checks , but in the end  poorly  dehydrated sun burnt festival goers , stood queing for hours in the baking sun  took preference over what may be in their rucksacks !

 

 

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51 minutes ago, ivan said:

 ...That's why in 2017 with a heatwave forecast that day they opened the Pedestrian gates an hour earlier on the Weds to get people through to the camp sites and facilities rather having them sat in the baking heat in a bare field. ...

 

 

Did they open the gates (pedestrian) an hour early in 2017!?  That's impressive, as Gate C was terribly painful when I went in around lunchtime in 2017. 

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1 hour ago, EasyUserName said:

Did they open the gates (pedestrian) an hour early in 2017!?  That's impressive, as Gate C was terribly painful when I went in around lunchtime in 2017. 

Yes i was in the East CV fields had got there about 4.00 am and set up , friends coming by car contacted me around 7 saying where they were in the Q down to Gate C ( to have a meet up and extra pair of hands to carry stuff )  , for them to tell me not long later  they were already on the move and the gates were open.

 

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On 6/15/2019 at 9:05 AM, Tarnishedglitter said:

Hi all, just looking for some advice please. This is our first year in a campervan at Glastonbury, and we're coming in our 80s VW van. She's not the best at sitting in traffic for long periods of time so just wondering if we arrive when the field opens on the Tuesday will we be likely to get straight in or will there be lots of queuing? Happy to come a bit later if the traffic flows a bit better then. Thanks all! 

We've arrived at various times between 3 and 11pm and drove straight in. I drive a T25 and know the pain of a quickly overheating van!

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On 6/18/2019 at 4:40 AM, ivan said:

Yes i was in the East CV fields had got there about 4.00 am and set up , friends coming by car contacted me around 7 saying where they were in the Q down to Gate C ( to have a meet up and extra pair of hands to carry stuff )  , for them to tell me not long later  they were already on the move and the gates were open.

 

Its a good job they did open the gates early then as the queue didn't did down until around 2pm as it was.

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