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 :)
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.
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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.
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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!
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!
If you have to camp on a hill at a festival, try and remember to sleep with your head at the highest point and your body pointing down hill. This will help you sleep better - you may need all the help you can get to achieve a good nights sleep!
I always used to take far too much food to Glastonbury. This was heavy to carry the long distance from the car park to the campsites, and only lasted a day or so. My advice is to take only enough food for the first day and then sample the fab food on offer all around. If you do need to take lots of food and drink, invest in a wheelbarrow or small trolley to help cart it from car to tent.
Finally my festival essetials: very good walking boots (they keep your feet dry, and are better than wellies), wet wipes, and a couple of bottles of water to glug after a heavy cider/Perry session at the Brothers bar. A hat and sunscreen are good to have. And don't forget to have a warm jacket, as the nights can get chilly.
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Take sunscreen with you! Even if it's not so hot you'll be outside for a long time and it's surprising how quickly you can burn. One year I was the only person who brought any suncream, it was really hot and everyone was fighting over that tiny little pot!
If you are going to get a new tent for Glastonbury festival season, I would recommend getting one with a porch. This extra room will give you a place to shed all your muddy gear, so you can crawl into a lovely dry nest when it's finally time to sleep.
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If you have forgotten how it feels to let go - you know, lose yourself in the moment, not care (so much) about the mortgage, bills, school run and hair straightners, because life has all got a bit serious and respectable, then there are lots of opportunities this summer to steal back some of the summer love feeling that days gone by kept. Pack up a tent, and a bag of whatever makes you feel good - wine, chocolate, wetwipes,
and snug blanket and head for a weekend of freedom - even bring the kids. Camp Bestival offer hundreds of free things to do for children, music and even a pamper tent to really get loose. Go dance and frolic!
When taking the family to festivals don't forget the fancy dress outfits. I was so glad we took our two girls fairy outfits last year as most young children had some sort of fancy dress. You could buy outfits at the festival but they were expensive!
About a month before the festival buy a bottle of vodka, then decant it into a plastic bottle, add loads of fresh strawberries and a bit of sugar (to taste) then hey presto a great drink for the festival - tastes great and is neat vodka so you wont have to drink loads and face squeezing out of a horrific crowd for another wee!! (ps. you can sieve the strawberrys out but i like to leave them in as it adds to the whole festival experience!
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