Glastonbury site to be turned into 'family-friendly campsite' this summer

The Glastonbury site is to become a ‘family-friendly campsite’ over the summer after the famous festival was cancelled again due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds of thousands of music-lovers usually descend on Worthy Farm in Somerset every June but this year is the second time the event will have been put on hold.

Glasto organisers Michael and Emily Eavis have found another use for their farm this year but have warned it will not be a ‘party venue’, with a ban on sound systems.

However, people are welcome to set up picnics and take bike rides across the green fields in South West England.

There will also be plenty to keep children entertained with installations The Kidz’ Field Pink Castle and Green Kids Cadmus Ship being open.

A statement on the Glastonbury website reads: ‘With no festival taking place on Worthy Farm for a second consecutive year in 2021, Michael and Emily Eavis are pleased to invite campers, for one year only, to experience the farm in a way you’ve never been able to before.

‘Over the school holidays, Worthy Farm will become Worthy Pastures – a tranquil, family-friendly campsite which will welcome guests back to basics in nature, with a range of pre-erected, unfurnished bell tents and scout tents available to hire.’

Families are able to stay for up to five nights with tickets going on sale from 10am on Saturday 1 May.

Organisers added: ‘This serene, pre-erected campsite will provide a pastoral escape, featuring well-spaced tents, spread across Worthy Farm, with a central village green at Williams Green, hosting the best of local food traders selected by the Glastonbury Festival markets team, along with speciality coffees, a campsite bar and village store selling local produce and freshly baked bread.’

Earlier this month it was announced Glastonbury would receive nearly £1million in government funding after the cancellation of the festival in 2020 and 2021.

The event was awarded £900,000 from the Cultural Recovery Fund and is being supported alongside more than 2,700 organisations with a combined £400m in grants and loans being handed out to help with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is part of the larger £1.57billion support package announced last July for the entertainment sector.

An announcement from Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed: ‘Glastonbury Festival will receive £900,000 to help the festival continue in 2021, with two smaller events this year, as well as to carry the festival through to 2022.’

Organisers will be hosting an online event on May 22 with the likes of Coldplay, Haim and Damon Albarn taking to the stage.

On what fans will be getting for their £20 ticket, Emily said: ‘We are going to take you on a journey through all of those spots that you know from Worthy Farm – the woods, the railway line, the stone circle, the pyramid, and it’s going to build into this epic journey around the site into the night.’

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