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Why Glastonbury is more than a music festival

Glastonbury is the most iconic music festival in the world. It’s five days of wall to wall partying to some of the biggest acts on the planet surrounded by hundreds of thousands of like-minded music-lovers. Festivals are one of the few opportunities to see some of your favourite acts perform in the same place over one long weekend.

However, for many Glastonbury is about more than just the music. It’s a world full of hidden gems that will open your eyes to a new world you may have never considered. With that in mind here are some things to look out for at Glastonbury, other than the music. 

Having a laugh

Glastonbury’s comedy line up is arguably as high calibre as its music, so if you’re looking for something a little bit more relaxed after a heavy night, get down to the comedy tent. It can be a long five days if you spend the whole time dancing, so take the pressure off your feet and give your cheeks a good workout watching some of the best comedians. 

If straight stand up is your thing don’t worry, the circus fields host a range of fantastic acts that you wouldn’t expect to see at a music festival. From typical circus acts to clowns, magicians, acrobats and everything in between there is truly something for everyone. On first appearance the circus fields may seem like an unusual place, however, you’ll soon find it’s a magical world that is one you won’t want to miss.

Getting dramatic

Just around the corner from the comedy fields, you’ll find the theatre fields, another wonderful place loaded with extremely talented performers. Here you’ll find a plethora of acts that once again mean there is something for the whole family. Relax in the summer sun listening to some of the best poets or spoken word artists around, or get your adrenaline rushing watching a group of acrobats defy the laws of gravity.

With nearly 400 acts presenting 1,500 shows it’s almost guaranteed that the Theatre and Circus Fields have something for everyone.

A night at the movies

The last thing you expect to find at a music festival is a cinema, well think again as Glastonbury has two!

Cineramageddon is a five-day film festival set in a post-apocalyptic drive-in cinema, with seventy vintage cars, repurposed funfair rides, and even a jet setting the scene. Cars need to be reserved in advance and you need to be quick as it’s extremely popular. Cineramageddon is definitely something we recommend experiencing if you get the chance!

If you miss out on a place at Cinerammgeddon don’t panic, the Pilton Palais Cinema is free and doesn’t require a reservation. Again there is something for the whole family with screenings of films such as Toy Story, Pulp Fiction, Rocketman, and everything in between. Additionally, there are special screenings taking place throughout the weekend with industry experts and big-name guests from the films.

P.S. don’t forget to get dressed up as there are prizes for the best outfit. 

Something for the kids

For the younger generation of festival-goers Kidzfield is a spectacular venue where young minds are free to explore, experiment, and express. Family is at the heart of the Glastonbury community and the best example of this is Kidzfield. With a variety of acts including Basil Brush, Dynamo, and loads more it’s a magical wonderland that allows young minds to run free.

Children under 12 get into the festival for free so if you are going with younger kids be sure to take a trip to Kidzfield

A growing community

One of our favourite parts of Glastonbury Festival isn’t the music or the performances, it’s the people you meet who make the weekend one to remember. Everyone attending the festival is in great spirits and there to have the best weekend possible, making it an extremely friendly community. You’ll almost certainly meet friends you will stay in touch with for life at Glastonbury. 

At Portobello Farm we want to reflect this same community. Our staff are there to make sure you have the best weekend possible, but they are also there to have fun and enjoy themselves. Think of them more like friends, or even an extension of your family because that’s what made Glastonbury Festival special. It’s one big music-loving family!

Is it too early to start planning for Glastonbury 2021? We don’t think so, there are only 385 days to go!

The Portobello Team 



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