The Best Places To Pitch Your TentCamping

Arriving on Site and Camping

Arrive on site as early as you possibly can. The site opens on Wednesday and in recent years around 3/4 (up to 100,000) of the ticket holders have arrived on site in the first 24 hours of the gates being open. You will have 2 full days to explore the site before the main 3 days of entertainment on the main stages start. Familiarise yourself where all the stages and areas are. Even if you have already attended the festival there are changes on site every year.  The main stages may not be open on the Wednesday and Thursday but the Bars and small venues will offer alternative entertainment with a real party atmosphere.

As soon as you arrive on site choose a camping area and put up your tent, then the fun can begin…

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Choosing a tent

After securing your ticket one of the most important things can be your tent. Even though you might not spend much time in it, your festival tent will be your home away from home as you catch up with friends, after seeing bands and enjoying the night life.

If the notorious festival rain comes down, a good tent can be a godsend. Maybe you want a luxury tent that you can use again and again, or perhaps you need to adhere to a strict budget after forking out for the tickets themselves. We would suggests saying clear of single layered pop up tents, they have flimsy poles, poor waterproofing, weak zips and insufficient anchorage.  Your tent will have to put up with a lot of abuse (from rain, wind, mud, to unsteady drunken festival goers that may lean or fall on tent).

You want to have a tent that suits your level of experience when it comes to pitching, as well as your budget and your party size. Consider your rucksack and gear as a person when choosing a tent, so if you have 2 people, you need the space for 2 people as well as 2 rucksacks. In this instance, a 4 berth tent will suffice for the minimum amount of room.

As well as the berth of your festival tent, also look at the height. Its always nice to stand up in the tent, as this makes is easier to get ready in the morning. Another bonus is a porch area, if the festival is a muddy one its a good place to put damp and muddy gear. 

Choosing a Camping area/ground

Glastonbury differs from “arena” style festivals like Reading/Leeds and V in that,  the whole festival is entirely within the main fence. There is not a separate camping and “arena” / main stage area. Returning festival goers tend to return to the same camping spot every year.

Glastonbury 2014 Map

Glastonbury 2014 Map

 

The most common and probably the best way to choose a camping area is to pick the stage or area that you will be sending most time at. Other factors can be where you park your car, or get dropped off as there can be a massive walk to camping areas, as well as thinking about how much sleep you’d like. Although there is no separate “arena” and camp-site there are areas where tents are off limits. These off limit areas tend to be near high traffic areas.

 

Camping Areas

Darble

The first field you come to if you enter via Gate A is called Darble and it is therefore perfect for those who arrive by public transport/coach. There is also a designated area specifically reserved for people who cycle to the festival.

Nearest Area: Silverhayes (Dance Village)
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 15 Mins

Disadvantage – Long walk to naughty/night corner 

Pylon Ground

The name comes from the pylons that run through the grounds. There always seems to be plenty of space on this site and there is room between tents to comfortable walk. They introduced compost toilets near this site and for festival toilets these can be quite pleasant. If you have travelled by coach this campsite is fairly near to the drop off point.  

Nearest Area: Silverhayes (Dance Village)
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 15 Mins

Disadvantage – Long walk to naughty/night corner 

Rivermead

The field is fairly flat so easy camping, but on a wet year with the camp grounds proximity to the river it can make it rather muddy underfoot. There is usually plenty of space here for late arrivals. 

Nearest Area: Silverhayes (Dance Village)
Nearest Stage: The Blues
Walk to Pyramid: 15  Min

Disadvantage: Can get muddy in damp whether, and fairly long walk to the naughty/night corner 

Bushy Ground

In the past this field has been used to show Englands World Cup football games. With 2014 being a world cup year its hard to say if it will be used as a camping ground or for the large tv screens 

The large field has is plenty of space and saw 40,000 people watching football in years gone by. The campsite is behind some restricted areas so remember you will have to navigate around the area to find your tent and to walk to the pyramid/main stage areas. 

Nearest Area: Silverhayes (Dance Village)
Nearest Stage: The Blues
Walk to Pyramid:  20 Min

Disadvantage: Navigating around restricted area to find your tent in the evening

Oxlyers

The camp ground  closest to The Other Stage and with about a 10 min walk to the Pyramid as well as The Park area this ground is a premium! Arrive early to avoid disappointment and hope you get on with your neighbours as you may be more or less on top of each other. Arrive via Gate A, and its a downhill walk through Silver Hayes.

Nearest Area: Silverhayes (Dance Village)
Nearest Stage: Other Stage
Walk to Pyramid:  10 to 15 Min

Disadvantage: Can get a little cramped and fills up by Wednesday afternoon 

Baileys

This camp ground is relatively small and secluded, surrounded by the super fence and a bunch of hedgerows. The campsite is about a 10 to 15 walk to The Park area, but is a considerable distance to most other areas and stages. 

Nearest Area: The Park
Nearest Stage: The Park Stage
Walk to Pyramid:  20 Min

Disadvantage: Walking distance to most areas other than the park 

Dairy Ground

Possibly the biggest camp ground at Glastonbury, Dairy Ground offers lots of space but be warned in recent years this ground has got more and more popular. It may be due how close it is to The Park with its fantastic night life and bars. Best advice would be to get here before Wednesday evening

Nearest Area: The Park
Nearest Stage: The Park Stage
Walk to Pyramid:  20 to 25 Min

Disadvantage: Gentle slopes, and to get to the Pyramid will have to walk through some high traffic areas

South Park

The southern most camp ground at Glasto, look north and you can see most of the festival from the comfort of your tent. The site is on a bit of a slope in places but don’t let that put your off, its not that bad.  

Nearest Area: The Park
Nearest Stage: The Park Stage
Walk to Pyramid:  25 Min

Disadvantage: some slopes and the distance from the main stages 

Park Ground Home

Please note Arcadia now uses this field

As the name suggests the camp ground is the nearest site to The Park area and stage.  Can offer great views of the site from the higher ground, but the down side can be some of the slopes around this area. If you like a few bands playing the Park 

Nearest Area: The Park
Nearest Stage: The Other Stage
Walk to Pyramid:  20 Min

Disadvantage: some slopes and the distance from the main stages 

Tipi Village

Does what it says on the tin! This is where you will find the pre-pitched Tipi’s. This is also where you will find the beautiful feild known as Flagtopia 

Nearest Area: The Park
Nearest Stage: The Park Stage
Walk to Pyramid:  25 Min

Pennard Hill Ground

The “Party” camp ground and probably the most popular ground to pitch a tent, for people that don’t park themselves at the Pyramid all weekend. Most full by Wednesday early afternoon . The area is fairly central to a lot of the main areas and stages. If you like a good few hours sleep at a festival then this is not the camp ground for you. Noise will be coming at you from all angles.  

In previous years the bottom of this camping area as seen some pretty bad floods/soggy/muddy areas. But more recently a lot of work has been done by the festival organisers, adding drainage systems

Nearest Area: Green Fields
Nearest Stage: Spirit of 71 Stage
Walk to Pyramid:  10 Min

Disadvantage: (may not be seen as a negative for some) Noise all night from Stone Circle and The Park revellers and possible soggy/wet ground in certain areas 

Kidney Mead

If you have ever watched BBC coverage of Glastonbury you will have seen this campsite when the camera pans out on the crowd at the Pyramid Stage. 

Nearest Area: Williams Green
Nearest Stage: Pyramid/Williams Green/Band Stand (demanding on side of field you camp)
Walk to Pyramid:  1 Min

 Disadvantage: The busiest and most cramped campsite 

Big Ground

The campsite shares the best access to the main stage as well as some amazing views to the southern part of the site. You can see and hear acts on the Pyramid stage from outside the tent. Big Ground also has the benefit of flushing loos.

Nearest Area: Williams Green / Kidz Field
Nearest Stage: Pyramid 
Walk to Pyramid: 2 Mins

Disadvantage: Fills up quickly on the Wednesday and can get cramped

Cockmill Meadow

In the north-eastern corner of the site you can find the family camping

Nearest Area: Acoustic /Williams Green
Nearest Stage: Acoustic, Pyramid a close second. 
Walk to Pyramid: 5 Mins

Disadvantage: please bear in mind this area is aimed at groups with children 

Row Mead

Perfect for those that like to watch the sights and sounds of the Pyramid bands while treating themselves to a baby wipe wash, or just chilling by their tents. 2013 saw a massive performance from the Rolling Stones , glasto was prepared for this by making extra space for people wanting to catch one of the greatest rock n roll bands. To make room for the enormous crowd, space was taken away from the Row Mead campsite. Over 100,000 people were estimated to be in that crowd (and we loved every minute of it!). Currently not sure if this is a permanent move or whether the space will be given back to Row Mead

Nearest Area: Acoustic / Williams Green
Nearest Stage: Pyramid 
Walk to Pyramid: 1 Min

Disadvantage: fills up quickly, must like neighbours as you will be more or less on top of each other

Hawkwell

Great if your torn spending most of the time between Pyramid and John Peel Stage. 

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes
Nearest Stage: Pyramid, John Peel also near by. 
Walk to Pyramid: 3 Mins

Disadvantage: Slopes! 

Webbs Ash

Another campsite that you can see and hear the Pyramid Acts from your tent.

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: Pyramid
Walk to Pyramid: 3 Mins

Disadvantage: Walk to The Park / Greenfield areas 

Michaels Mead

Located behind Webbs Ash, away from the Pyramid Stage. Fairly central if you don’t use The Park / Greenfields as much as other areas. 

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: Pyramid
Walk to Pyramid: 5 Mins

Disadvantage: Steep in places 

Spring Ground / Disabled Camping

Home to Disabled Camping with ramps making it easier access than most other camping areas. This area is reserved for the disabled and their carers. Be sure to register for access, details can be found on the Glastonbury Website about these facilities   

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: Pyramid or John Peel depending on which side camp on
Walk to Pyramid: 10 Mins

Disadvantage: Make sure you register, closing date in normally end of May 

Hitching Hill Ground

If you want to be fairly close to the Pyramid and Other stage but arriving later on Wednesday or Thursday this site maybe your best option 

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: Pyramid or John Peel depending on which side camp on
Walk to Pyramid: 10 Mins

Disadvantage: Slopes in areas  

Lime Kln Ground

The most northerly point of the site with an amazing view of the legendary Glastonbury Tor. Located on top of a hill, it can feel like a few days walking to the night life areas of the festival. This can be an advantage if the night life isn’t your thing, it can be quieter than other campsites because of its location.  

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 10/15 Mins

Disadvantage: Hilly and the walk to the night life

Wicket Ground

This campsite is reserved for families, surrounded by a fence and with stewards at the entrance 

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 10 Mins

Disadvantage: families with young children only

Long Ground

Mostly hospitality camping 

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 10 Mins

Disadvantage: special pass needed 

Lower Mead

Perfect if you prefer the main stages especially John Peel. Pyramid, Other and Dance area all nearby. Not ideal if you like a lot of sleep, as it’s a fairly lively area. 

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 5 Mins

Disadvantage: High traffic area

Woodsies

Also very close to the John Peel stage and not too far to the Other Stage. If you have travelled by coach this campsite is fairly near to the drop off point. 

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 10 Mins

Disadvantage: Fairly long walk to the naughty/night/south east corner 

Manor Ground

The smallest camp ground on site, if you have travelled by coach this campsite is fairly near to the drop off point. 

Nearest Area: Silver Hayes aka Dance Village
Nearest Stage: John Peel
Walk to Pyramid: 10 Mins

Disadvantage: Epic walk to the late night naughty area 

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