There is nothing lovelier then a climb up Glastonbury Tor to when it is all white outside with snowflakes softly falling. At the top is the roofless St Michael's Tower and myth-inspiring views. At the bottom is a short walk to town to warm with a pint of ale by the fire at the 15th century pilgrim's inn, the George Hotel.
Well, you'll need a ticket first off. But what better way to watch England's last group stage game on the big screens in front of the Pyramid Stage! Last time they showed a World Cup game I believe they had the biggest audience anywhere in the world - including the actual football stadium the game was played in! A diverse crowd with people of all ages travelling from far and wide. I'm sure there'll be great banter between the English, Scots, Irish, and Welsh, amongst other international visitors! Let's hope the sun is out :)
Get your self an old telescopic fishing pole and attach "individually made" flag / cuddly toy / inflatable banana... Anything that takes your fancy and parade yourself round the festival in the knowledge that your friends will always find you. Can also be stuck outside your tent to draw back your friends after hours of dancing / trudging (in mud) and general festival antics.
Also check out the Oxford Cowley Rd Festival. A day of great music, authentic food from a huge number of places, arts and crafts and loads more... Check it out - Sunday 6th July!
Make your own bunting or flags to mark out your tent amongst the others. Buy some and the chances are others will have too - this leaves you open to flayling into the wrong tent after a hard days festivalling having confidently 'identified' it as yours. Make your own and no-one will have the same! Personally i'm aiming for flamingo and poodle bunting this year.
An umbrella at a festival can be handy for rainy days (and nights) but can also double up as a parasol. Being in the sun all day is lovely but there comes a point when you can not take any more, and some festivals have more shade than others.
Any festival, Glastonbury Festival
Paint your tent in heavy duty supreme glow in the dark/ day-glo paint so you'll never miss your alien spaceship (tent)! and if theres any paint left paint yourself (not eyes or teeth) and become a space man/woman.
in a bottle or a tube or a tin.
Glastonbury festival has something for everyone. Particular favourites of mine are the tiny tea tent because you can relax in a yurt or on wooden hand crafted furniture while drinking any kind of tea or chai under the sun. Also Henry's Beard cafe in the Green fields has yummy vegetarian curry which is hearty and warm making it a great choice when cold and wet.
I have two words with what I recommend you need to take with you when you visit the Glastonbury Festival and you are a girl. She Wee.
This is a must-have for using the toilets, a contraption that means every girl can stand while peeing.
No more sitting on horrible seats and more importantly no more problems when faced with the famous long drops.
Although the British summer can be pretty chilly, you should always take skirts and dresses to the festivals. After all, it's a given that things are going to get muddy, and legs are much easier to clean than a pair of rock-hard jeans! They'll also take up much less room in your bag - just make sure you take plenty of tights too ... you don't want to end up with corned beef legs!
Spray on shampoo which washes your hair without water and without ruining your hair. Small light bottle which beats talcum powder (if you use that). Doesn't leave your hair white and makes it smell nice and gets rid of grease!
At most Boots or Superdrug or whatever. 2 quid a bottle and lasts you all summer.
Socks, being the most vital part of your festival attire (apart from your undies... and maybe your wellies), take up loads of room, but are actually brilliant for protecting bottles in luggage and make up and toiletries, so ditch make up bags and use your socks!
In your drawer at home
Keep it dry in a sealed plastic bag - when everything else gets soaked at least you have something to dry yourself with and can be used as a blanket.
(Acknowledgement to Hitch Hikers Guide)
In the airing cupboard maybe?
A truly great camping experience requires no old wives truths or well-seasoned tips. There really is no hidden secret to ensure a comfortable sleep or hangover-cure-on-the-run; (well, there certainly isn’t for rejuvenation after a night at the infamous Lost Vagueness – adieu!). That is, apart from that which can’t be bought or borrowed. The only thing needed for a British festival is nothing other than sheer determination, a large portion of PMA and on very rare occasions a gritted smile.
Think Bestival 2008, even worse Glastonbury 2006. Trust me, there is no rain mac I haven’t tried or wellies I haven’t bought, only to be soaked to the skin and bone-shivering cold.
No, there really is nothing that can equip you, apart from that solid British determinism true to us all ( see September 1940). UK festivals are certainly not for the fainthearted, but when thawing out the trench foot in a hot bath on return, there really is no greater sense of achievement.
Most people plan to camp nearest the stage with the best line-up, or perhaps near the gates for less of a walk, or near the toilets for midnight emergencies or perhaps near food stalls etc… this is wrong!
The only thing you should be considering when planning a potential festival campsite is where you will end up at the end of the night. There is nothing worse than dragging your drunken wreck of a body half way across a dark campsite riddled with pitfalls, guide ropes and other hazards at 3am.
Think about it and find the tent area that will be open the longest. Camp nearby. This way at that ungodly hour when you finally decide to head to bed you can even crawl your way back if need be.
This is genius. I camped next to a family last year at Glastonbury who seemed to have bought everything with them but the kitchen sink: portable loo, mini fridge and enough food to feed the entire site. The first thing they did when they arrived was build a family size dining table out of the fire wood. I don't think they ever left their camp, all they seemed to do was eat and drink. When it came to packing up they pulled out their workmans loading trolley, stacked up all their stuff and wrapped the whole lot up in clingfilm, firmly securing it for the long walk back to the car. The only thing they had to carry was their packed lunch for the journey home. Brilliant!
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