Glastonbury Festival! Where to begin? I’ll break my posts up so I don’t bombard you with all the photographs at once. All I can say for now is that it was, as always, inspiring, magical and brilliant.
Our journey down by coach was an absolute breeze (organised by See as part of our ticket deal) and most of the traffic had gone by the time we arrived on site (thank you early commuters!) which made the journey to find our little patch of home not too stressful. If you’ve never been to the festival, nothing prepares you for the actual scale of it. In essence it’s a city, so it’s best to travel light my friends.
We arrived on the Wednesday evening, thinking that would leave plenty of time to find our perfect spot on Worthy Farm and make camp. Little did we realise in the past 5 years, since we last attended, everyone arrives at the gates as soon as the doors open, early Wednesday morning. Long gone are the days where people turn up on the Thursday evening, everyone is making a proper holiday out of it now!
This view. How I miss this view.
We ended up camping in the Dairy Ground a little further out but close to The Park Stage and Arcadia. Our polyester home for the duration of our fun-filled stay was the Phantom 500 Easy Camp Tent c/o Blacks. I prefer to stay in a bigger size tent, not to be greedy, but to be comfortable. I’ve found 2 man tents aren’t comfortable enough for 2 people, especially when you have a double air bed too (our saviour this year!). This 5 man tent is made up of an outer and inner (bedroom) tent, plus a porch area to store those muddy boots and camping chairs. And you can stand up in it my friends. THE CAMPING DREAM.
So how did it cope at lovely ol’ Glastonbury?
Keeps Out Insects and Water | I can’t resist a meadow so when we saw this charming spot (complete with neighbouring bell tents) we knew it was the one. Plus we couldn’t be bothered to walk anymore. Ahem.
However meadow = ALL THE INSECTS. They made it perfectly clear from the get-go we were in their neighbourhood and continued to have their own little festival right outside our front door. Although our porch area soon became filled with midges galore, our inner tent sealed out all the bugs. I needn’t have worried, and I didn’t need to use my insect bite cream once!
The same applied with water. It rained twice during the festival. Our porch let in water the first time, but only into the porch area because we didn’t zip it up correctly (we were in a hurry to watch Alabama Shakes). The second time we were fine, and sleeping soundly too. Hurrah for passing the weather and insect test!
Practicality| The tent, as the name suggests was super easy to pitch, although we did do a mini trial run at home beforehand and watched this pitching video. However, we did have 4 pegs missing which meant we couldn’t use the guy ropes for the porch but it fared well without them. Must remember to top our peg bag up! P.S I’ve only just discovered guy ropes aren’t called guide ropes. Oops.
Storage | I like storage. Storage in my clothes (pockets make me happy) and storage in my home. Therefore I was a little disappointed there were only two pockets in the tent to store bits and bobs in; two more pockets would have been perfect. Maybe I’m being a tad fussy though.
Cost | The Easy Camp Phantom 500 is now in the sale, reduced from £150 to £90! I can’t wait to use it again on our other camping trips planned for the summer! A big thank you to Blacks for making our stay at Glastonbury a comfortable and happy one!
We had our own meadow driveway!
The OH carried our Eurohike Rucksack c/0 Blacks from Hebden Bridge to Leeds and from Pedestrian Gate A across the site to our home at one of the Dairy Camp Sites. He had no complaints, only praises. The 65L rucksack contained all our festival essentials and more importantly, the straps didn’t dig into his shoulders. At £45, it’s a great value rucksack ideal for camping and festival adventures. Its pockets were very pleasing too!
All the tents!
Admiring the colours at the Ribbon Tower at The Park Stage.
My favourite spot just behind the Ribbon Tower
The Pyramid Stage.
Our favourite spot for shelter, great music, Pimm’s and cake; with great views of the Park Stage site.
Heading out for the evening.
I’ll share more Glastonbury joy over the week, including what I wore, what we saw and what I learned in those precious 5 days.
So, how are things in your world?
Disclosure: In collaboration with Blacks