Spend a nostalgic holiday at Worthy Farm in exchange for the vibrant voice of Glastonbury
Gaze at the enchanting sunset at the famous Stone Circle high above the southern end of Worthy Farm. It will feel familiar and unfamiliar in 2021.
During our previous visits to this place many times, we marveled at the vast landscape with bright colors, the 1,100-acre stage, tents and flags, where 200,000 people enjoyed unrestrained freedom.
Harmony-From the power chords of the rock giants on the pyramid stage to the enthusiastic applause of the up-and-coming performances in the park, and the cheers of old friends who occasionally reunited while waiting in line for the toilet. The rotating soundscape of DJ beats and the fire-breathing robot shuttle in the mist of Somerset. The hippies play the drums, and the lovers laugh.the sound of Glastonbury Music Festival.
However, today, the fields under our feet are basically empty, with only dozens of neat rows of light-colored tents. The only voice is the low-pitched chatter of parents using their favorite Glasto memories to entertain the children.
This Coronavirus The pandemic has disrupted the festival twice in a row. The only music played here was a heartbreaking live broadcast event last May, in which the Coldplay, Damon Albarn, and Kano performed in this abandoned venue.
Therefore, in order to make up for the loss of income, keep the staff employed and provide fans with much-needed Glasto repairs, the founder Michael Ives And his daughter Emily turned the most famous farm on earth into Worthy Pastures for family vacations. My family, including two teenagers and my mother who loves Glasto, were the first to arrive.
The metal skeleton of the iconic pyramid stage is open all year round, and the route to the campsite takes us below it. For Glasto veterans, this is creepy.We stopped and ran to where the stage was and stood there Bowie, Beyonce, Springsteen and Stone Performed legendary headlines.
We surveyed the vast venue in front of us, where millions of revellers have spent their lives here since the beginning of the music festival in 1970. Whether you are whole-hearted or not, you can’t help feeling the “energy” emanating from Glastonbury’s mysterious things about the magic net and King Arthur.
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‘A happy and nostalgic weekend’
Generations of festival audiences may come and go—according to the anti-spam requirements of the festival, “leave no traces”—but their interest is still dancing in the breeze.
The all-out man Michael Eavis drove the Land Rover past us and waved happily, while the butler guided us to the designated campsite.
Guests can stay in pre-built tents of various sizes for three to five nights, or bring their own campervan. But unlike festivals, campers cannot set up their own tents to ensure a venue that meets Covid standards and color coordination. This is a world away from the organized chaos of festivals. The five-night limit means that the farm is emptied once a week for thorough cleaning.
The tents are distributed in several areas familiar to Glasto regulars, centered on the food center of William’s Green, which is usually the location of the festival meeting point and one of many smaller music stages.
All tents are unfurnished, so you need to bring bedding and anything else you may need, including cooking equipment. There is a small selection of food stalls to choose from, including breakfast, burgers, pizza, pasta and vegetarian food. Prices range from £4 to £12, so the cost of food for a family will rise rapidly. There is also a bar open from 12pm to 10:30pm (£4 per pint and £7 for cocktails) and a grocery store selling basic supplies and camping supplies.
Since our 19-year-old daughter has a disability, we have a campervan site in a barrier-free site near the center of the site. It has great hot showers, and the composting toilet is a huge improvement over the famous dirty festival facilities. They even have toilets!
The tents are distributed in several areas familiar to Glasto regulars.
It must be emphasized that Worthy Pastures is not a music festival. There was no live entertainment, and the only music we heard throughout the weekend was the black Sabbath played repeatedly at the pizza booth. There is nothing to stop campers from playing their own tunes, but it is expected to be quiet after 11pm. It’s a far cry from the madness of the Shangri-La region.
But despite its calm and relatively small capacity, with only 3,000 people, the Glastonbury Festival still managed to become the star of Worthy Pastures. As a campsite, it’s spacious and pleasant, but most of the guests are there to see Glasto in a new light, waddling around in familiar areas, discovering where the stage is usually located, and tracing the steps from previous visits without having to Struggling in the crowd.
There was no famous muddy when we visited—despite thunderstorms and heavy rain overnight—thanks to the usual number of rain boots and vehicles rolling on the ground.
Young children are well taken care of. There is a huge pirate ship and castle for kids to climb. Although there are fewer options for the disabled, the best is the storytelling area and some antique outdoor games.
If holiday sightseeing sounds a bit too niche, Worthy Pastures is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful regions of England.
The joint charity field sponsored by Greenpeace, Water Aid and Oxfam focuses on climate change and water scarcity, and encourages children to learn about the earth.
It is also the location of BEAM, a wooden art installation that used to be the venue for some live performances in May. If holiday sightseeing sounds a bit too niche, Worthy Pastures is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful regions of England.
There are many places worth visiting within a 20-minute drive, such as the quirky Shepton Mallet village, Wells Cathedral and the town of Glastonbury itself, steeped in history and mythology, as well as the location of the famous Tor, situated high up Avalon Valley on the top of the mountain. The caves at Wookey Hole and Longleat Safari Park are also nearby and are well worth exploring.
When we left the scene after a happy and nostalgic weekend, we drove past the frame of the pyramid stage, sitting like a modern Stonehenge, with vacationers posing for selfies in front.
Prove that no matter what Covid throws at us, it will not defeat the spirit of freedom synonymous with the greatest music festival in the world.
- Worthy Pastures is open throughout the school summer. Two adults and two children stay for three nights, with accommodation starting at £195.Booking WorthyPastures.com.