While the music line-up at Glastonbury is legendary, it mostly kicks off on Friday giving you a couple of days to explore everything else the festival has to offer if you’re arriving on Wednesday. Here’s a roundup of some magical experiences to try during your time at the festival.
Watch the Sunset and Fireworks from the Glastonbury Sign
On Thursday evening, revellers head to the Glastonbury sign to watch the sunset and the fireworks that are set off from behind the iconic Glastonbury sign between 10.30 pm and 11 pm. Bring a picnic blanket and some drinks, and arrive early to grab a good spot.
Explore the “Naughty Corner”
The South East Corner has been nicknamed the naughty corner as it’s the late-night spot to keep the party going after the main headliners. It’s open until 3am Wednesday and Thursday and 6am Friday to Sunday. It has four main areas: Shangri-La, The Common, Unfairground, and Block9. Even if you’re not looking for an after-party, it’s worth a look around at the different stages and DJs and see what happens after-hours.
Send a Postcard from Glastonbury on Sea
Glastonbury-on-Sea is reminiscent of a Victorian-style British seaside pier, complete with fortune tellers, bumper cards, candy floss, and pinball machines. You can purchase a postcard from the gift shop for £1, and even write and post it home for another £1 which makes a nice keepsake when it arrives sometime later.
Say Cheese in the Photobooth
Located opposite Glastonbury on Sea is a photobooth, in 2023 this cost £5 but produced two strips. Later on, we did find a free photo booth in one of the charity tents near the ribbon tour in exchange for our opinion on young people’s health.
Climb the Ribbon Tower
See the festival from new heights atop the ribbon tower that overlooks the Park stage, it’s free to enter but there is a limited number of people at one time.
Take a Craft Workshop
The Greenpeace fields are home to every imaginable craft workshop, from bushcraft to jewelry making, and woodwork to textiles. So if you want to try something new, head over and see what takes you’re fancy. Some workshops are free and others cost, we made a silver ring for £20, printed a postcard for £1 but there was also bracelet making for free.
Join the Largest Peace Sign
Each year the festival attempts to break its previous record attempts to form the world’s largest ever ‘peace sign’ made up of people. In 2023, this took place at around 11:30 am, with those taking part simply taking a seat in the shape and waving for the helicopter to snap the effort from above
Step away from the main stages and get lost on purpose, you really don’t know what you might find. We stumbled upon this stage under the trees that we found completely on accident.
Take a Salsa Dance Class
Glasto Latino offers daily salsa and tango workshops from national teachers, or simply join in a late-night party with a Latin orchestra.