Glastonbury Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020 and if you’ve been lucky enough to secure tickets, you’re sure to be in for a real treat.
If you’re taking your campervan, even better! You’ll be able to avoid the crowded public camping fields and the risk of getting flooded out if the weather takes a turn for the worse!
Located on the outer edges of the festival, the campervan fields might mean you have to walk a little further into the action but they also give you a quieter retreat away from the madness when you want some time out.
That’s why the campervan tickets are a great option for families or older festival-goers who prefer the luxury of a comfy bed instead of an inflatable mattress!
While you’re bound to have a fabulous time, whatever the weather, it’s worth remembering that festivals aren’t all peace and love all of the time.
Campervans can provide rich pickings for thieves, especially if your security checks leave a lot to be desired after a long night dancing in the South East corner!
That’s why campervan insurance is so important for Glastonbury or any other festivals you might be attending in 2020 like Bestival, Boomtown or the Isle of Wight.
But for now, let’s take a closer look at the mother of all musical extravaganzas and reveal our top tips for getting the most out of 2020’s event.
A word about tickets
Each campervan being bought to the festival must have a valid campervan ticket. And each person inside the vehicle must have a valid Weekend ticket that covers the duration of the event.
At the time of writing, tickets had all sold out but resale tickets may still be available when they go on sale in May 2020.
Where are the campervan fields at Glastonbury?
The East and Poplar campervan fields are about a 20 to 30-minute walk away from the main stages, depending on where you manage to park.
If you’re travelling with a larger campervan or motorhome over 8 metres in length, you will be told to go to the Bath & West Showground slightly away from the site on the A371, but there is a free shuttle bus down to the festival 24-hours a day.
Given that it’s a 30-minute walk back to the camper, you probably won’t be popping back many times throughout the day. That means security is key.
Make sure all doors and windows are locked and don’t leave any money or any valuables lying around where thieves might be tempted to break in.
The campervan fields are patrolled by security staff but it’s up to you to take precautions and keep your vehicle and valuables as safe as possible.
What facilities are there in the campervan fields?
While the festival organisers provide water, waste-water containers and toilets in the campervan fields there won’t be any electricity so if you want to use electrical devices you’ll have to rely on your on-board battery or solar battery packs.
That means being as efficient and as economical as possible. No generators are allowed on site.
First access to the campervan fields will be from noon on Tuesday 23rd June 2020 until 2pm on Sunday 28th June.
Any campervans that arrive before noon on the 23rd will be turned away as no queuing is allowed on the roads surrounding the festival.
When you do get parked, make sure you make a note of your field and what position you’re in.
In all the excitement, you might forget where you’ve left the camper when you’re stumbling back in the dark on Friday night!
What should we bring? And what’s not allowed?
If you’re sleeping your camper you will be far enough way from the main music stages not to be disturbed but that doesn’t mean your neighbours won’t have an after party!
Packing essentials include earplugs, eye mask, painkillers, bottles of water, plasters (for all that walking), sunglasses, sturdy footwear like walking boots and warm clothes for the evenings.
Aside from personal items, it’s also a good idea to pack things like:
- Bin liners
- Washing up bowl and liquid
- Bedding, towels and cutlery
- Toilet roll and kitchen roll
- Chemicals if you have a portable loo
- Chairs and a small table for outside
- Windbreaks and awnings
- Old rugs or blankets to keep carpets clean if it’s particularly muddy
- Portable phone chargers and battery packs
- First aid kit
- Backpacks for carrying dry / waterproof clothes
While it might be tempting to bring some fireworks or lasers to really get the party started, don’t!
They will be confiscated by security staff if found, as will generators, glass containers and anything that could be classed as a potential weapon.
While open fires are banned in the campervan fields because of the fire risk, you can have a small barbecue as long as they are 3 metres away from your vehicle.
Keeping your camper safe
If you’ve ever been to Glastonbury before you’ll know what an amazing, happy, free-spirited place it is.
The organisers invest a lot of time and money into the security of the festival but that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down when it comes to your camper.
Campervans and motorhomes might not be as easy to break into as a flimsy tent, but you still need to make sure you have the right campervan insurance in place, just in case.
And it’s not just theft you have to think about. Weather conditions can change quickly, which can make driving a large vehicle tricky, especially in wet or muddy conditions.
Plus, the sheer amount of traffic on the roads around the festival means there’s an increased risk of accidents, especially after a heavy weekend of partying when your concentration might not be on top form!
If visiting Glastonbury is on your list to visit, why not check out other small festivals that you can visit in your campervan.
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- Up to £3,500 of cover for camping personal effects
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