All about Glastonbury Festival

Travel Experiences Part 2


Once we got on the bus we felt like we had arrived, we did have to wait another 1/2 an hour as they filled the rest of the buses there and then we went on a police escorted trip to the site.

Police Escort

So that’s my story, we left London at 11am and arrived at Glastonbury to pitch our tent at about 9pm.  There were a few mitigating circumstances. There had been a traffic accident on the main highway and the highway traffic had been re-routed  via the Glastonbury roads. So the reason we were stuck waiting was that all the roads had got backed up, this was why the buses were all held together and a police escort was sent out once an hour or so, this also meant that road traffic was held up as well.

So people that drove down experienced the same problems and in some instances took even longer to get there. I did hear a great story of a car stuck in traffic and a local came up to the car and took them through some back roads and got them there that way.    

The whole thing made the news that night. So last year was probably not a normal year and hopefully those problems will not occur this year.

Getting home was not nearly as bad, we left very early and got back to london by 11am, although once again there was plenty of queuing. Also people were not generally as happy leaving as they were arriving. Especially as it started bucketing down just as we went to leave, so all our gear was wet.

I would suggest trying the coach as this takes you straight to the site.  

Whatever way you do attend the festival, I suggest loads of Patience, until you pitch your tent, you will be in plenty of queues. It’s part of the Glastonbury experience.


3 responses

  1. Andy

    The local did take a fiver off us first as payment for the shortcut. We were dubious as he could have just disappeared with our hard earned, but we went for it and it seemed to pay off. As a rough guide to how long the journey was me and sean pretty much got drunk and slept off before we even arrived at Glastonbury while poor tim did all the driving

    April 29, 2010 at 8:44 am

  2. claire

    An enterprising youngster in Street sold us directions to the festival using the back roads for a princely £2. Those directions probably took at least 3 hours off our journey. We’d been on the road, stuck in traffic for 16 hours already. The directions are etched in my brain in case that happens this year.

    May 8, 2010 at 6:22 am

    • We will be driving this year, so hopefully traffic won’t be so bad.

      May 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm

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