Glastonbury Festival organizers could serve alcohol to up to 3,000 people at Worthy Pastures

Up to 3,000 campers will be able to consume alcohol at the Glastonbury Festival site this summer if a new license is granted.

Glastonbury Festival Events Ltd. (GFEL) has applied for a license to sell alcohol at Goose Hall on the Worthy Farm site in Pilton, as part of the Worthy Pastures event.

The license, if granted, would allow the company to provide refreshments for up to 3,000 attendees at a time, with the building itself and surrounding area accommodating up to 200 people.

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The Mendip District Councils Licensing Sub-Committee will meet on Monday afternoon (July 19) to decide whether the license should be approved.

GFEL was given permission by the council in April to hold the Worthy Pastures event, with people able to camp at the festival site for up to six nights at a time between July 23 and August 31.

The new license will allow organizers to sell Goose Hall alcohol for on-site consumption and take-out from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.



Festival goers at the last Glastonbury Festival in 2019

A planning document states: “The licensed premises will be used to serve customers of Worthy Pastures, a temporary family campsite.

“This is being held as an alternative to the main Glastonbury festival following its cancellation due to the covid-19 pandemic.”

The document says a “silence policy” would be in place between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. to prevent excessive noise from the campsite that could disturb people living nearby.

Pilton resident Nicholas Hall accused the company of failing to properly consult local people, saying the parish council only learned of the proposals on June 2, giving them very little time to respond.

He said: “There may only be 200 people on the Goose Hall premises at any one time, but there could be 2,800 outside. Is that allowed – and if not, how will it be? -he controls?

“GFEL should hold a public meeting before the premises open to explain how they intend to manage these new premises and how they intend to reduce the impact on residents of Pilton.”

Another resident, Carolyn Griffiths, added: “The rest of the country is hoping to enjoy the summer as restrictions begin to ease.

“Residents of Pilton risk being denied such a respite for weeks all summer long.”

The council’s licensing subcommittee will meet on Monday, July 19 at 2 p.m. to discuss the proposals.

The meeting will be streamed live via the council’s official website.

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Jan G. Gilbert