- Location: In Somerset in southwest England
- Attraction Type: Festival
- Significance: Attended by 100,000 visitors and 35,000 participants and organizing staff
- Best Time to Visit: End June
- Visiting Hours: 10 am to 12 midnight
- How to Reach: Reach Castle Cary, Bridgwater, or Highbridge and Burnham railway stations and then travel by road
- Nearest International Airport: Bristol International Airport
Glastonbury Festival is considered the mother of all festivals in the United Kingdom. UK Glastonbury festival is a magnificent platform for performing artists from all parts of the globe. Glastonbury Music Festival is famous for its participation level of even the visitors. Its all like within a family as the participation is universal and the involvement whole-hearted.
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is organized by Michael Eavis, a Scottish farmer since 1970 in Pilton Worthy Farm in Somerset. Its popularity gradually increased and after 2000 significant improvements in security arrangements and general organization were brought about. Today in addition to more than 100,000 visitors there are nearly 35,000 participants and organizing members.
The performances in Glastonbury are held across forty venues each with its own individual appeal. Stages come in shapes of pyramids to cafes and open at 10 o’clock in the morning. The important stages like Avalon and Bandstand remain open till past midnight, while the likes of Shangri-La and The Park remain awake till 5 or 6 in the morning. Performances range from theatrical displays, music concertos, jazz sessions, circus shows, and DJ shows.
Glastonbury Festival 2009
In 2009, the Glastonbury Festival is scheduled from 26th June to 28th June and would feature the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Myleene Klass, Status Quo, soprano Jo Appleby, Andrew Rees, Neil Diamond, Leonard Cohen, Kate Nash, John Mayer, and Gilbert O’Sullivan.
At Glastonbury Store collect memorabilia and attractive dress items according to your choice.
Glastonbury Accommodation and Dining
Tipis are a peculiar yet popular form of accommodation preferred by visitors attending the Glastonbury Festival in England. A typical tipi accommodating about six adults comes complete with a rain catcher and groundsheet together with discounted use of yurt sauna and solar showers. These tipis are in great demand and should be booked well in advance.
Putting up in tents is another attraction of this Somerset festival. Camping zones are spread out all over the location from next to performance stages to the middle of market areas. The Park, Hitchin Hill Ground and Pennard Hill Ground are favorite camping areas. Families with children are designated a separate camping area in Cockmill Meadow. Round the clock stewards and sufficient lighting allow a safe stay for the families.
Glastonbury in Somerset would never fail to satisfy your Epicurean needs. Eateries in all decors imaginable and all cuisines conceivable are lined up along streets of Glastonbury to cater to your culinary needs. Brown and Forest specialize in smoked items, while Assembly Rooms of Glastonbury serves tempting vegetarian and organic food recipes. If you love Indian cuisine then Aysha’s Indian Restaurant is the place to be in. Other notable restaurants include Heaphy’s Cafíé, the Food Factory, Benvenuto, and New Miahs Tandoori Restaurant.