Glastonbury Festival site to offer family camping during the summer | Glastonbury Festival

There will be no bands, no PA and a noise curfew will go into effect at 11 p.m. Glastonbury’s 2021 summer offer will be very different to normal years.

Because of Covid, Michael and Emily Eavis aren’t hosting their usual world-shaking festival, but instead setting up what they call a “quiet, family-friendly campsite” on their Somerset farmhouse.

On Thursday, a website went live announcing that over the summer holidays part of Worthy Farm will be transformed into Worthy Pastures, with tickets going on sale at 10am on Saturdays.

It’s being touted as a chance to get back to basics with a range of unfurnished bell tents and scout tents available to hire for three, four and five night stays.

There will be food traders, bars and a ‘village store’ selling local produce and fresh bread.

People will be able to enjoy picnics in front of the iconic pyramid stage and watch the sun rise and set over the stone circle.

For the first time since 2019, the Worthy Farm dairy herd will have company this summer. Photography: David Levene/The Guardian

But in a statement, the festival said: ‘Please note that Worthy Pastures is not a party venue: there will be no live music, PA systems will not be permitted and a noise curfew will be in place after 11 p.m. Rather come for nature, fresh air, peace and quiet.”

There will be showers, but those looking for the real Glastonbury vibe might be happy to know that there will be composting toilets and no laundry facilities. Time will dictate the abundance – or lack – of another Glasto staple, mud.

The experience won’t be particularly cheap. At the more modest end, ‘Glastonbury Bell’ tents will be available at £425 for three nights, while an eight-person Scout tent will cost £1,125 for six nights over the August bank holiday weekend.

But it will be a respite for many. In its statement, the festival said: “After what has been a difficult year for so many, we are delighted to be able to offer our team the opportunity to do what they do best, and we look forward to welcoming our first guests back to the farm will be a much-needed boost to everyone’s morale!

Jan G. Gilbert