Whenever you think about Glastonbury Festival, what’s the first thing you think of? A headliner act on the Pyramid Stage? Or perhaps dancing the night away in Silver Hayes? But, what about the other, less talked about areas of Worthy Farm? Here’s the lowdown on some of the areas you won’t see on the BBC Red Button, but are definitely worth a visit.
Theatre & Circus
Situated only a 5-minute walk from the Pyramid Stage, the Theatre & Circus Fields is a perfect place if you want a break from the music. The three fields are filled with walkabout character actors, incredible acrobats and clowns, daredevils and hilarious stand-up comedians. You don’t have to be at a particular stage area to be entertained, just sitting on the grass and watching the madness unfold around you is just as fun. With the walkabout actors wandering around throughout the day, and the all-day Circus Big Top, you don’t have to wait long to see something amazing and original. There is nowhere else in the world where you can see Brian Cox doing a talk on the Universe, dance with a portable village disco and receive a hug from a troll all in the space of 5 minutes.
Found south of the railway track is a magical area called the Green Fields. A renewable energy ran area dedicated to sustainable living, charity work and crafts. The meat-free fields offer a sanctuary of calm and relaxation away from the madness of the rest of the festival. Every festival goer needs some downtime during the cider-filled weekend, and the Green Fields give you that needed R&R time. What better way to get rid of the aches and pains from sleeping in a tent and partying the night away, than a bit of Yoga or a gorgeous massage. The Green Fields are one of the areas open on the Wednesday & Thursday of Glastonbury Festival so why not start your next festival crafting a wicker basket, having your Tarot Cards read or trying out some delicious Vegan food?
The Strummerville campfire is one of the places at Glasto that truly defines what festival spirit is. Set up by the Joe Strummer Foundation, Strummerville is a place to kick back and relax, and to share your love of music and the performing arts with your fellow festival-goers. The area is a free creative space and people are encouraged to jam around the campfire, regardless of their musical background or knowledge. If you’re looking for a chilled, welcoming and loving atmosphere, you have to give Strummerville a visit.
Found just behind West Holts is the Greenpeace Field. Dedicated to promoting the hard and necessary work the charity does, every year the field is transformed to highlight a particular issue. 2017’s Field was all about the deforestation of the Amazon, with the centrepiece being the Rave tree. The charm of the Greenpeace Field lies in the fun that is brought through education and activism. Learning about ‘Fair Fishing’ whilst dressed like a fish, going down a death slide is one of those moments that make you say – ‘Only at Glastonbury’. The field also has their own solar-powered showers, perfect for washing away that Glasto grime. Make sure to check out the 2019 field, and whilst you’re at it don’t forget to pay the Farmer’s Market a visit!
This is just a small list of the lesser talked about areas of the Festival. What makes Glastonbury so unique is the joy it brings in getting lost and creating unforgettable memories. Have a wander further afield next year, and open your mind to the adventures they have to offer.