Over the years, the Portobello team has grown to include a motley crew of dedicated camp-builders, who lend their expertise in everything from bed-making to hair-braiding, carpentry to story-telling. This superb team is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best luxury camping set-ups on the festival scene. Two of the team have joined Laura in the curation of Portobello Farm:
Nikki, whose love for a spreadsheet is astounding and her natural affinity with people of all ages means you’re in for the best welcome around, her glitter always in place, obvs.
Luke is our local Somerset practical man – tree surgeon, site design and if it were down to him there’d be a water slide straight into Worthy Farm!
The world-renowned Glastonbury Festival is one of the longest ever running events of its kind. Originally created in 1970 with just 1,500 people attending, and free milk and a hog roast provided by Worthy Farm, it has swelled to attract more than 200,000 people a year (in 1994 they had 300,000), countless stages and performance areas, thousands of artists and no end of die-hard fans. Despite their rapid expansion, the festival has always been faithful to its founding ethos: music, charity and unity.
Upper Westholme Farm is the oldest house in the hamlet of Westholme and dates to the late 15th century. Along with the village of Pilton, it was owned by Glastonbury Abbey until Dissolution in 1540, when it was sold to the Seymour family. Built as a high-status house for someone, possibly with a connection to the Abbey, by the 19th century it was run as a farm with nearly 200 acres.
Portobello Farm is an unconventional, unpretentious and wonderfully home-like base for every Glastonbury encounter.