With no Glastonbury Festival taking place on Worthy Farm, Pilton for a second consecutive year in 2021, organisers Michael and Emily Eavis are inviting campers, for one year only, to experience the farm and celebrate the outdoor life in a way Festivalgoers rarely have been able to before - in tranquility.
Over the school holidays, Worthy Farm will become Worthy Pastures – a family-friendly rural getaway which will welcome guests to get back to basics in nature, with a range of pre-erected, unfurnished bell tents and scout tents available to hire for 3-, 4- and 5-night stays. It is not possible to bring your own accommodation (tent/caravan/campervan).
The opportunity to spend time under canvas in nature, and the pastoral outdoor life, lies at the root of why we believe Glastonbury Festival has been so successful. Ask any Festival veteran what brings them back and it’s not the bands on the Pyramid Stage, the performers, the late night areas, or the mud - it’s the natural magic that the farm exudes from it’s idyllic fields. It’s that setting that keeps people coming back year after year. It’s the valley, that Tor in the distance, those sunsets, the trees, the birdsong on a peaceful morning, the sun beams, the slow rural pace, the grass in moonlight, even in the rain - it’s the chance to immerse yourself in the natural world Somerset has to offer. At Worthy Pastures familiar Festival sights will still be there to add to the mystique - the kids areas, the catering, the causes, the dragon (pictured), the stone circle, the painted bins, and site décor.
The camping venture will provide work for regular Festival Crew workers including site crew, stewards, tent erectors, site decorators, toilet cleaners, Festival caterers and the three main supported causes, Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid will be there to provide a shared focus on tackling climate change.
The Festival organisers said: “After what has been a challenging year for so many, we’re so pleased to be able to provide the opportunity for our crew to do what they do best, and we can’t wait to welcome our first guests back onto the Farm. It will be a much-needed boost to morale all round!”
They add: “Worthy Pastures will be set up sympathetically to reflect the rural, farming activities of the existing site, as well as capturing the essence of the Glastonbury Festival with its familiar style of signage, painted bins and décor.”
This pre-erected well-spaced campsite will provide a chance to recharge in Somerset countryside, with a central village green at Williams Green, hosting 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 organisers said: “Family Festival-favourites the Kidz’ Field Pink Castle and Green Kids Cadmus Ship will be available to enjoy, whilst the Pyramid field will be open for picnics, bike rides and generally enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings in the Vale of Avalon, close to Glastonbury Tor and all of Somerset’s magical attractions.”
For those requiring accessibility the campsite will have festoon lighting to light the paths at night. Camping Pitches are 10m x 10m with tents pitched central to this area. There will be wheelchair accessible toilets and shower facilities with ramps. These are located in the flatter fields. Camping near to these facilities is an option to highlight at the point of booking. There will be charging facilities on offer for mobile scooters in a designated charging area as the tents do not come with power in them. Medicine can be safely stored in the campsite hub areas. Those with other specific requirements, are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Showers and property lock-up facilities will be available onsite, and Glastonbury’s three main supported causes, Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid will be there too. A programme of additional activities will be published on a weekly basis as campers arrive (please visit the campsite hubs on arrival for more information).
In line with the Festival’s environmental ethos, single-use plastic drinks bottles will not be available onsite, and the use of a reusable water bottle is recommended - there will be taps for drinking water across the site. Whilst you will not be prevented from bringing plastic bottles on to the site, Emily and Michael strongly encourage everyone to join the effort by bringing as little single-use plastic as possible.
The tranquility and sense of wellbeing, like the Festival’s own Healing Fields means that Worthy Pastures will have no live music, soundsystems will not be allowed and a noise curfew will be in place after 11pm. Off the ground small fires and BBQs are permitted in the campsite, and there will be communal fires in Kings Meadow and Williams Green - a chance to sit around a fire making friends of strangers at Glastonbury - what more could you ask for?
For those wanting pop with their nature, a September event over two consecutive days, including live music, is still being planned for Worthy Farm.
Bookings for short breaks will open at 10am on Saturday 1st May, priced from £195 for a two people tent for 3 nights.
See worthypastures.com for all the info.
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