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Glastonbury is probably the most famous music festival in the world, and is one of the major annual events in British arts and culture. Known for its countercultural roots, Glastonbury has evolved into a major draw for the world’s biggest pop and rock artists, as well as many other arts and industries.

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Getting there

Glastonbury is in Somerset in the south west of England, and is easy to reach by car. You can cross the Channel by ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven, taking around 4 hours, or from Calais or Dunkirk to Dover in around 90 minutes. From Newhaven you can reach Glastonbury in around 3 hours 24 minutes, or 3 hours 45 minutes from Dover.

How to get to Glastonbury

Glastonbury Festival takes place a little way outside of the town itself, and can be reached easily by car. As you approach the site at Worthy Farm, official sign posts will start to lead you to the correct car park for your ticket, and it’s important to follow these rather than your satnav.

What to see near the festival

Staying in the south west of England gives you access to a wealth of beautiful countryside and historic sites, including the town of Glastonbury itself. You can visit the famous Tor, a place of spiritual power and myth for centuries, mentioned in Celtic legend and tales of King Arthur. There are also the romantic ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, another site of Arthurian legend, and supposedly the site of his tomb.

The city of Bristol also offers plenty of history and culture, with the great industrial and maritime sites such as Brunel’s famous suspension bridge, and the SS Great Britain. Nearby Bath is a beautiful mix of elegant Georgian architecture and city planning, and the ancient Roman baths still fed by natural hot springs.

Glastonbury Festival

The famous festival can trace its roots all the way back to 1914, when the Glastonbury Festivals was a series of concerts and lectures, already attracting a bohemian crowd. The event was revived in the 1970s, influenced by hippie culture and the free festival movement, growing into the famous festival known the world over today.

There are more than 100 different stages at Glastonbury, showing everything from the headliners on the Pyramid Stage, to comedy, theatre, circus, and cabaret on smaller stages around the site. There are also political debates, art exhibitions, kids’ play areas, and plenty of bars and food stands.

2017 Glastonbury Festival Pyramid Stage Headliners

Friday 23rd June

  • 10-11:45PM – Radiohead
  • 7:55-9:15PM – Elbow
  • 6:30-7:30PM – The Maccabees

Saturday 24th June

  • 9:15-11:45PM – Foo Fighters
  • 7:20-8:35PM – Kaiser Chiefs
  • 5:35-6:45PM – Van Morrison

Sunday 25th June

  • 9:45-11:45PM – Ed Sheeran
  • 7:45-9PM – The XX
  • 6-7PM – Lorde

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