Glastonbury Camping fields

Congratulation you’re going to Glastonbury festival. Means somehow you managed to get your tickets to the paradise. But once you get there, a small awkward situation arises – out of so many Glastonbury camping fields, which one is best for you to pitch your tent. Well don’t worry guys we got your back here. Here’s is our handy guide to all the Glastonbury camping fields, with their location, pros and cons.

Arriving on site and choosing a Camping field

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. Explore the whole area before the main 3 days of entertainment on the main stage start. Even if you have already been there, familiarize yourself to all the stages and area’s, as there are changes on site every year.  The main stages may not be open for 2 days but the bars and small venues offers alternative entertainment with a real party atmosphere.

Once you reach there choose a camping area and put up your tent, and let the fun begins..

Camping Tips

  • BBQs can cause carbon monoxide poisoning when left in your tent. Never put them in an enclosed space, even after they appear to have gone out.
  • Campsite stewards have a base in every camping field. Check out where the nearest one is to you. They can direct and advise you, and are first port of call in an emergency – be it a medical or security issue.
  • It is worth noting where you camp in relation to a numbered Fire Point or other fixed point, or clearly marking your pitch with a flag. It can be a nightmare to find your tent without a recognizable landmark.
  • Please do not take up too much space when setting up camp. And please, please do not bring a gazebo. They needlessly take up valuable camping space (and there are plenty of more interesting places to sit at the Festival than just outside your tent).
  • Say hello to your neighbors to build a community feeling and provide greater security. Look after each other and if someone is feeling ill, get help.
  • Don’t leave anything precious in tent. Use free 24-hour Property Lock-ups which are prominent around the site for all your essential valuables. They also provide free loo rolls and soap. And The Logo’s with keyhole on festival maps are the Property Lock-ups.
  • Postcode your valuables. UV pens are available at Property Lock-ups.
  • Bear in mind that the most commonly lost items in the camping fields are keys, wallets, phones and cameras. Please keep them safe!
  • Be inventive about hiding your money – and don’t keep it all in one place.
  • Love the farm – please do not leave any kit behind when you leave the farm.

Choosing A Camping Field

Different areas have different atmospheres. For example, Pennard Hill Ground, between The Park and The Healing Fields, is a popular, lively spot. It has a culture of its own with people returning year on year. Alternatively, camping zones on the periphery of the Festival, such as Limekilns and Hitchin Hill Ground, tend to be quieter. Some camping fields are very busy and fill up quickly. So choosing a camping field completely  depends on person’s interest. But here are some factors one should keep in mind.

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.

Glastonbury Camping Fields

Darble

The Darble is the first campsite you will come to if you enter via gate A  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. Pylon Ground is fairly near to the drop off point for the people traveling by coach .

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

Disadvantage

  • Long walk to naughty/night corner.
  • The pylons buzz gently at all times – not great if you’re a light sleeper (but, let’s face it, are you really going to Glastonbury to sleep?

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 these  Glastonbury camping fields have been used to show England’s 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 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

These Glastonbury camping fields are closest to The Other Stage and with about a 10 min walk to the Pyramid as well as The Park area this ground is one of the premium Glastonbury camping fields ! Arrive early to avoid disappointment and hope you get on with your neighbors 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.

Diary Ground

Possibly the biggest Glastonbury camping fields, 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 Glastonbury camping fields, 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

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 field known as Flagtopia.

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

Also read : Glastonbury Area and Stages

Pennard Hill Ground

The “Party” camp ground and probably the one of the most popular Glastonbury camping Fields 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 organizers, 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 Glastonbury camping Fields.

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 neighbors 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

One of the few Glastonbury camping Fields that offers you to 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

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 Glastonbury camping Fields 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.

That’s all for now about the Glastonbury Camping Fields. But you can read about Glastonbury Area and Stage from the article Glastonbury Area.

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