Five tips for navigating Glastonbury with children - The Coventry Observer

Five tips for navigating Glastonbury with children

Glastonbury is one of the world’s most iconic festivals and each year it’s the hottest ticket in town.

There are so many ways in which people “do” Glastonbury, from the boozy weekends with friends, to the completely sober, spiritual ones where people have found themselves after going through rehab for alcoholics.

It’s a wonderful world that has all manner of people, with all manner of stories.

It’s actually also a great festival for children.

While the thought of visiting a place with around 200,000 people in it may be daunting. Particularly when there are drugs, loud music and other potential dangers in the vicinity, actually the Worthy Farm festival is one of the most family friendly festivals in the country and it can be a truly unforgettable experience for both parents and children alike.

But how exactly do you “do” Glastonbury if you do have children? Well, with the festival coming up, here are five tips…

Plan and Prepare Ahead

As with any family holiday, planning and preparation is key. Before you visit, familiarise yourself with the layout of the festival, and in particular the key locations that you’ll be visiting, such as family camping areas and the different kid-friendly zones.

You also want to locate the toilets, preferably the nicer ones, and the medical tents. The festival app can provide you with this, while there are also plenty of online resources. You’ll also be given a map on arrival at the festival.

Making a packing list is also important, including things like comfortable footwear, sturdy pushchairs if required, ear defenders and clothing to suit all weathers. It’s also worth labelling your items with contact details too.

Choose Family-Friendly Areas

A good place to start is by choosing family friendly areas. Glastonbury caters well for families, with designated family camping areas, away from the rowdy locations. These areas also have additional facilities, such as baby changing rooms and child-friendly toilets.

When it comes to the entertainment itself, there’s so much going on for children. There’s a dedicated Kidzfield, where there are tons of activities and performances going on, while the Theatre & Circus Fields are also fantastic for families.

Stay Safe and Connected

Glastonbury is a huge site, and there are hundreds of thousands of people on it, so ensuring you are well connected and safe is paramount. Taking steps such as equipping them with identification wristbands with your contact details on is a good step, while familiarising them with key landmarks and meeting points should you get separated can also be useful.

Have a plan in place should that happen, encouraging your children to speak to festival staff should it happen, while it can also be a good idea to take a photo of your child each day so they can be easily identified in case of emergencies.

Of course, these are just steps on the off chance something may happen, but it is much better to be prepared.

Pace Yourselves

At Glastonbury even the adults need to pace themselves. Plan breaks in the day and downtime to recharge the batteries and relax. Prioritise the key events and activities they, and you, wish to do, and schedule some time in around that to chill out, and even do a bit of exploring.

You can rest back at the tent or in the quieter fields, such as the Healing Fields, and packing your children’s favourite comfort items can also enhance that period of rest, ready to continue the adventure a little later on.

Embrace the Festival Spirit

Finally, embrace it. It’s a unique festival that offers so many experiences. Encourage your children to explore different areas, try new things and enjoy everything the festival has to offer.

Get involved with the workshops, enjoy the street performers and the wide range of food options. It’s what it’s all about. It’s a special festival, and it can certainly be one of the most special weekends you can ever have as a family.


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