Running since the 1970s and a major cultural icon in the UK – and globally – since the 80s, Glastonbury Festival is a five-day celebration of music and performing arts that brings over 200,000 people to this historic corner of Somerset every June.
One of the most famous music festivals in the world, Glastonbury has welcomed pretty much everyone to its Pyramid stage over the years, including The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, David Bowie, Radiohead and Oasis, while thousands of bands, acts and DJs have performed on the countless other stages scattered across the festival grounds. There’s so much more to the festival than just live music, however. The festival has always had a thriving performing arts scene, meaning that over the five days of mud-splattered fun, you can take in dance, comedy, theatre, cabaret, circus skills and more.
The festival takes place near Pilton on Worthy Farm, around two miles east of Glastonbury and is held on the last weekend of June every year. Spread over 900-acres and with a near nine-mile perimeter fence, the festival is a huge undertaking with thousands of staff working across 500 food stands, 900 shops and hundreds of bars. The festival site essentially becomes a pop-up city for the week – nearly doubling the population in the county – with everything from medical services, ATMs, shops selling ponchos and wellies (essential if you’re there during a wet year) and pop up nightclubs onsite.
In keeping with the area’s spirituality, the festival is well-known for its green fields where you can take part in yoga, healing and therapists, while charity is a large part of the festival too, raising millions of pounds for good causes each year.
Tickets go on sale in the October before the festival and often sell out within an hour. You can pre-register your details on the official Glastonbury site and also apply for re-sell tickets later in the year. Tickets include camping for the five days, or you can go in style and book a yurt, hire a campervan or even stay at our Glastonbury hotel and travel in and out of the festival each day. That way, you won’t have to battle it out in one of the 5,000 onsite toilets or take a festival shower under a flurry of wet wipes.