Glastonbury Festival – there’s glamping and then there’s this…

Most of us end up trying to sleep in wonky tents, among growing piles of wet wipes and soggy cereal bars.

This reporter spent one memorable festival in a tiny child’s play tent, kipping with his legs sticking out of the door in a bin bag.

It’s all part of the experience.

Besides, who has time to sleep at Glastonbury Festival?


These days there are many more luxurious options available for those willing to splash out at the privately-run external campsites which have popped-up around the perimeter of the festival.

These places offer things like luxury yurts, pre-pitched bell tents or valet service – Glastonbury Festival has its own in-house luxury camping spot, Worthy View.

While a Bedouin tent with butler service may be okay for your average Joe, if you really want to do Glastonbury in style (and have £14,000 to hand) you might want to consider nearby Sparkford Hall.

The hall is on the lookout for people to rent the 11-bedroom Georgian listed house for the duration of this year’s festival, Thursday to Tuesday.

Sparkford hall describes itself as “a grand house with a very relaxed atmosphere, and a real party vibe.

The owners say the luxury property can sleep more than 30 people. So the price tag becomes a more realistic £466.67 per person if you can get enough mates together.

Previous guests include a music management company who had more than 100 artists playing at Glastonbury 2015.

It’s marketing material boasts: “Our grounds feature rolling parkland, kitchen garden, paddocks and an apple orchard which all are inhabited by our alpacas, sheep, shaggy Shetland ponies, chickens, badgers and lots of other wildlife.

“Party the night away in our dungeons – your own private night club.”

The owners say they will lay on transport to get you to and from the site in under half an hour (depending on the festival traffic of course).

If that isn’t fast enough they also say there is ample helicopter landing space in the 28 acre landscaped grounds if you really mean it arrive in style.

As for the rest of us, we’ll settle for the real Glastonbury Festival experience, complete with wonky tents and slowly-deflating airbeds, thank you very much.

joe hayhow