The essential guide for the best place to camp at Glastonbury 2024

Camping Guide: For the best place to Camp at Glastonbury Festival

A detailed breakdown of campsites and fields to help you make the right decision on where is the best place to camp at Glastonbury Festival

By GFF
Choosing the best place to camp at Glastonbury Festival.
Choosing the best place to camp at Glastonbury · Credit: Mark Ayres

Introduction

Hello there and welcome to our comprehensive guide to choosing the best place for you to camp at Glastonbury Festival — summarised conveniently and broken down by grouping locations on the map (north, south, east, west).

Take the time to read thoroughly through the entire page, or click on a specific campsite (below), which will take you to a dedicated page of that zone — including a detailed summary of the campsite, alongside a photo of the field and its location on the map, as well as its pros and cons, and more.

Where is the best place to camp at Glastonbury?

Ok, so before we delve into all the camping sites which are on offer (as listed below), let us just say that choosing the best place to camp at Glastonbury, or rather, the right camping field for you, is one of the most important decisions you’ll be making when it comes to the Festival.

Each campsite has its pluses and minuses and every person has their varied wants and needs – so it’s not a “one size fits all” scenario.

For this reason, it is imperative you do your homework in advance and is well worth giving this subject some serious thought before embarking on your Glastonbury journey – rather than leaving things to chance while hoping it all works out when you get to those glorious Glasto gates.

The Festival site covers an area of approximately 1,100 acres, with a perimeter that runs an astounding 8.5 miles, while boasting ample green grassy spots on offer (which with any luck won’t become mud patches due to a typically anticipated rainstorm on the Thursday morning).

Your Glastonbury ticket price includes access to all the camping fields, which basically means you can choose to pitch your tent anywhere within the designated camping zones that reside throughout the Festival fields — spanning all the way from right next to the Pyramid Stage, to more tranquil areas on the outskirts of the Festival.

The best place to camp at Glastonbury varies from one person to the next
The best place to camp at Glastonbury varies from one person to the next · Credit: Freya Dickens

Each camping field has a different atmosphere and vibe, and while some would prefer to have a quiet night’s sleep, others care more about being close to their favourite stage or specific area.

Remember that your choice may also be limited depending on which pedestrian gate you first enter the site through, and how far you’re willing to “leg-it” to your campsite of choice once you get in.

Also, take into consideration that belated arrivals will find a significantly diminished choice of fields that still contain available camping space.

Unless your altruistic mates are saving you a spot, arriving on the Wednesday is crucial for securing a good camping location.

And while having the ideal camping real estate isn’t crucial to having a great time, finding a decent one can upgrade your Festival experience immensely.

If, on the other hand, you arrive late, it is useful to know the areas that will likely to still have space or even some good spots to pitch your tent.

This is why we have taken it upon ourselves to approach this topic with the utmost care and respect it deserves and have put together this essential guide to help give you the tools needed for making an educated choice of where the best place to camp at Glastonbury Festival would be, for you.

Below, you’ll find a list of all the public camping fields available to camp in at Glastonbury Festival. Clicking on each field will take you to a detailed breakdown of that zone, which includes a photo of the camping field, along with its location on the map (highlighted with a red dot) and the pros and cons of each one. We have also included a rough estimate of how long it will take you to walk to the Pyramid Stage from each of the fields, plus via which gate would be best to access them.

Enjoy, and please remember, no matter where you choose to make camp, make sure to take your tent back home with you – #LoveTheFarmLeaveNoTrace.

Some camping fields have a direct view of the Pyramid Stage like Big Ground, Row Mead or Kidney Mead
Some camping fields have a direct view of the Pyramid Stage like Big Ground or Kidney Mead · Credit: Collette Warren

North Campsites

Located near the old John Peel Stage (now named Woodsies) and the new San Remo venue (which replaced The Beat Hotel), Lower Mead is a great option if you like to discover new up-and-coming bands and party till the early hours of the morning. It is also only a short walking distance from Pedestrian Gate A – which is always a plus.

Wicket Ground provides camping for families with children and is ideal for those entering the site via Gate A (who don’t mind camping on the outskirts of the Festival). It is also the only public campsite which has a patrolled and guarded security fence all around it and stewards at the entrance. 

Lime Kiln Ground allows for some fantastic views and is great if you prefer the occasional quiet pause from the festive fun while having a “leg-day” workout, turning a “leg-day” workout weekend. As well as Hitchin Hill Ground, Lime Kiln Ground is also good if you’re planning on arriving late at the Festival, as it doesn’t fill up as quickly as the other fields.

Both Michael’s Mead and Hawkwell are situated on the hill directly below Worthy Farm, which means they feature spectacular scenic views of the site but can also be a bit steep to camp on. 

Although not labelled by name on the latest Glastonbury map, Webb’s Ash is located south of Michael’s Mead and Hawkwell and forms the flatter area at the bottom section of these two campsites — It’s very close to the Pyramid Stage and has level plain ground.

Spring Ground is Glastonbury’s Accessible campsite and is reserved for people with permanent disabilities and their carers.

Northeast Campsites

Looking at the new Glastonbury map for 2024, it appears that Row Mead has now permanently ceased to function as a public camping area — The ‘Elton extension’ from 2023 saw this section cordoned off for last year’s Festival as a late decision confirmation from the campsite crew.

Along with Wicket Ground, Cockmill Meadow is the second camping field reserved especially for Families and is located at a premium position right by the Kidzfield area — Additionally, with the unveiling of the Glastonbury 2024 map, a new area called Ash Tree was introduced adjacent to Cockmill Meadow, allowing for more family camping space in this zone, instead of what once was a crew camping area.

Kidney Mead is well positioned, although, with some of the busiest toilets on the site located pretty damn close, it can get noisy and somewhat smelly.

Another very popular campsite is Big Ground, with is perfect if you plan on hanging out by the Pyramid stage and want to be close to the action (or indeed the cider bus) for the majority of your time at the Festival. But again, unless you turn up early on the Wednesday to secure your spot, you can pretty much forget about it.

South Campsites

Pennard Hill Ground (commonly known as “Pennards”) is known for its energy and community of party people. It is also only just a stone’s throw away from The Park, Arcadia, Sacred Space, Healing Field and Green Feature. So if you fancy joining the centrally located masses, make sure you’re dug in and pitched up by mid-Wednesday (at the latest). This is no chill pill, quite the opposite.

Southwest Campsites

Park Home Ground is a good alternative to Pennards unless you’re a sleepyhead, which in that case, this camp is definitely not for you.

If you’re planning on hanging out at The Park area by day or Arcadia by night, Paines Ground is the place for you – but do keep in mind it will be loud until at least 3am.

Both the South Parks (1 & 2) are located a little further away from most of the stages, and for that reason are ideal if you like some seclusion, great views and being close to The Park area – but don’t mind a bit of a walk to where all the action is at.

Rig’s Field, Bailey’s and Back House are all smaller campsites and are great if you’re coming on the Thursday (or later) or arriving by car to the Orange Public Car Park.

West Campsites

Oxlyers is a focal point for most of the main entertainment areas, and with some luck, you might just be able to crack open a cider and catch the Other Stage acts right from the comfort of your tent.

With plenty of space on offer and easy access to Gate D, Dairy Ground is an excellent option if you’re driving in via the Western Car Parks. It’s also a wise choice for those seeking a slightly more chilled festival experience when returning to camp at night.

Bushy Ground is a good option for late arrivals and for those who want a quieter camping field while not minding a bit of a walk to the busier areas.

Northwest Campsites

Rivermead is a great alternative to Oxlyers if you want to be close to Silver Hayes and if it’s full when you arrive, plus it’s close to both Pedestrian Gates A and D.

After a portion of the Pylon Ground campsite switched from public camping to staff camping in 2022, for 2023 even more staff camping had been removed from Pennard Hill Ground and Dairy Ground, but added to Pylon Ground — which since 2023 has converted to solely staff camping.

Darble is a solid campsite which caters fantastically for late arrivals arriving by coach.

Acknowledgment & Pledge

We would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of sources that were extremely helpful in the process of putting together this guide – including but not limited to the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum), Paul Tort Howard, Glastowikipedia, eFestivals Forums, the official Glastonbury website, and of course the wonderful community surrounding this amazing Festival.

And last but not least, most important of all – if you take anything from this guide, let it be that no matter where you decide to pitch your tent, please always remember your pledge to ‘Love the Farm, Leave no Trace’; To only use the toilets provided and not pee on the land or in waterways;

  • To use the recycling bins correctly and not drop litter on the ground.
  • To take all your belongings home with me again, including your tent and all camping equipment.
  • To bag up your rubbish in the bin bags provided by the campsite stewards and use the recycling pens provided in each campsite.
  • And to try to use a reusable water bottle and avoid single-use packaging.
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