Getting ready for Glastonbury

  •  PaulR
  •  05/07/2022
  •  News

Getting ready for Glastonbury

Back in May we set out on our practice camping trip to get us all prepared for Glastonbury and to get to know each other better before we go.

Of course, it’s quite hard to really practice for the extraordinary and amazing experience that is Glastonbury Festival but we did what we could staying on a small and beautiful campsite in the East Sussex countryside.

There was of course no rain, no mud, no 200,000 people, no drum and bass and no sign of Coldplay but it was a lovely time together camping, walking to a pub across the fields in the evening and late night chat around the campfire. Which is the way we spend the end of our days every year at Glastonbury.

As we sat round the campfire we talked about our thoughts and what we were hoping for from the festival.

Thoughts on camping

“I loved the camping, it was brilliant, excellent. I was worried about putting up my tent and putting tent pegs in the wrong places. I got over that.” Zi

“I think the camping trip is a great idea, it makes us more confident, gets us used to the outdoors and get to know each other better.” Zi

“I’m used to camping as I’m a Scout leader so I’m ok about that, I’ve done my Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards.” Laura

Thoughts about going to Glastonbury

“My first thought was “YES”. I’ve never been to a big festival before. I think it’s going to be a big eye-opener. I’m really looking forward to spending time with my new mates and my Gig Buddy.” Zi

“I was a bit anxious at first, I thought it was going to be like a horror film but this time I’m looking forward to it.” Sas (who went in 2019)

“This is going to be my 8th Glastonbury. The atmosphere is amazing.” David

“I’ve watched in on TV and saw Chic and I thought I’d love to do that but it’s a dream. And now that dream is happening.” Laura

“We’ll be ‘festival legends’!” Sas

“I love the craziness of the whole place but my fondest memory was being in a group and hanging out with each other.” Gareth

Thoughts on bands

“I’m really looking forward to see McFly, Billy Eilish and the Fishermans Friends. I’m also really looking forward to having Gareth as my festival buddy.” Laura

Our thoughts on Covid and being at a huge festival

We wanted to find out how we were all feeling about going to something with so many people after 2 years of not going to anything.

“I think it’s going to be a bit weird, there will no masks I shouldn’t think. There is going to be a lot of people.” Zi

Walking to the pub

We had a delightful walk to the pub through the woods and across fields in the evening sun. We didn’t walk as far as we would on a typical day at Glastonbury but this was just a practice, and we did practice having an odd cider or two as well of course!

Next stop Glastonbury

The camping practice trip was great but nothing can prepare any of us for the spectacle of Glastonbury, the walking, the rain, the dust, the noise, the crowds, the amazing music, the weird and wonderful things you see and 2oo,o00 people all having fun.

We’ll let you know how we got on.

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