What to do at Glastonbury apart from the music: some belated advice

So this is late, naturally.

In fact, this blog post is pretty much void until the next Glastonbury in 2019 (2018 is their rest year to give the farm time to breathe). Nevertheless, I’m writing it anyway because now I’m back at work, I want to relive the fun.

Don’t get me wrong, the music is a major part of the fun. The Foo Fighters (finally) headlining on the Saturday night was something I’m glad I didn’t miss. But there’s just so much more to it than that.

Just wandering around in the melting heat, we stumbled upon so many events we would never have found if we had religiously planned our days around the music. Sure, we had our artists we really wanted to see and weren’t going to miss, but if there was a gap where there wasn’t a lot on, exploring is your friend.

Here is a short list of some of the things we found ourselves doing in the sweltering sun of Glastonbury 2017:

  1. The Food

The food in itself is an event tbh. There is such an array of different styles – there really is something for everyone. From Oli’s famous Halloumi Cones, to the (sadly no longer) Pieminister, to Caribbean Vege Stew complete with dumplings, the options really are endless. Sure, you can still get an extremely decent burger and chips, but when you’re on a farm for 5 days, it’s nice to have the option for something more.

2. The Greencrafts Village

I think the craft field is one of my favourite areas in Glastonbury. There is so much going on there; whether you want to try your hand at wood working for an hour, or fashion yourself a felt headband, they have it all. Not only do you get a cute little Glastonbury souvenir, it’s cheap, and you’ve made it YOURSELF! I ended up doing 4 crafts this year and each one was under a fiver:

  • We started off with a handmade bath bomb (£3.50) where we picked our own scents and flowers to put in it before mixing it ourselves whilst sat cross-legged on a scattered array of cushions. It was as quaint as it sounds.
  • Anyone that knows me, knows about the wicker star (£3) I crafted with my pal Danni. We then went even further (and even more extra) by weaving smaller stars in the bigger ones. It is 100% going atop my Christmas tree come December.
  • We had a spare 15 minutes before Busted were on at the Avalon stage, and so ended up making a button bracelet (£an amount which I don’t remember), where we picked and weaved buttons onto a wax string. This may be my favourite because it’s actually adorable.
  • Following the tradition of last year, I ended with a handmade postcard (£0.70) (Pretty sure this is the cheapest craft in the field!) These postcards are made by rolling paint onto glass, and then indenting your design (#ohjeremycorbyn) with a tool through the card.

3. Circus

We didn’t actively seek out the circus, the circus stumbled upon us. As a quick side note, I don’t think anyone has ever personally sought out the circus because circus’ really do just appear overnight. But I digress. We had a free couple of hours so were heading to get our craft on, and just so happened to be walking past a workshop. Suddenly, we were spinning plates haphazardly and throwing diablos high into the air with no hope of catching them. By the time the professionals had appeared and showed us how to be fully functional circus people, we were diabloing and plate spinning all over the place. All ’cause we took a stroll.

4. Kids’ tent

I think the reason Glastonbury is so open is because it’s targeted at everyone, it’s truly great. (I promise I’m not being sponsored by Glastonbury, although can you imagine). It’s not uncommon to see a pair of grandmas dancing next to a woman holding a baby on her shoulders with noise cancelling headphones on. It’s the perfect festival for kids, and the kids’ field allows them to have a space to themselves. However, it is also really perfect for nostalgic 22 year olds who want to relive their childhood by watching The Basil Brush show. And it was amazing. #boomboom

And that’s definitely not an extensive list. Watching the fireworks from the sign on a warm Wednesday evening to open the festival is a must. And really, the best thing is that you can never see absolutely everything.

That’s kind of the beauty of it. It just means you have to keep coming back year after year.

 

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