If the main stage is the pulse of this vast and vibrant festival, then the Green Fields are its spirit: 60 acres of quiet optimism, keeping alive the vision and principles that have inspired Glastonbury since the first gathering
at Worthy Farm 44 years ago.
So why not wander up in to this network of small fields from where you can look down on the immense, buzzing pop-up city. Here you can pick a quiet spot to relax, enjoy some wonderful organic food, be entertained in small intimate venues – while at the same time enjoying glimpses into the future?
If you believe that humans can live in a better way, this is where you will find encouragement from kindred spirits with inspiring blueprints and practical guides on how you can build a fairer sustainable world, powered by the sun and the wind – and pure imagination!
Here, amongst the sound of wind chimes and drums and the scent of woodsmoke and baking bread, is a place to celebrate being alive and to explore the idea that our survival and fulfillment do not need to be driven by consumption and competition.
Carve a spoon with Wayne’s Woods
A chance to participate in new and old ways of living, from technological innovations to tribal dances from spiritual awakenings to eco-build solutions – and all in a truly tranquil environment, free from the fumes and noise of generators, running on the quiet power of green energy.
Why not listen to the Biggles Wartime Band on Croissant Neuf’s solar-powered bandstand? If you are interested in ways of fulfilling yourself without exploiting others, take a walk in the Green Fields and learn how commerce can be fair, soapboxes can be provoking and food can be political (as well as tasty). Find out how to produce the best vegetarian food – or simply tuck in.
And have some fun: this is a vast playground for kids of all ages. In the field of Avalon you can immerse yourself in music and poems and performance, in the Healing Field have a laugh at a laughter workshop or by the stone circle in King’s Meadow take time out from the festivities to enjoy some tranquillity.
In the Green Kids Area you can join in Yoko Ono’s “Peace Tower” project: make a wish under the oak tree and it will be taken to Iceland and placed in her Peace Tower memorial to John Lennon – as a beam of light to aid World Peace.
In the Craft Field you can learn to use a kiln or a forge, an axe or a lathe or even a treadle sewing machine. In the Tipi Field, circled around the fire and totem pole, is the largest encampment of tipis in Europe, celebrating traditions from every corner of the planet. If all this choice is baffling, visit First Stop for information and a taster of what is best this year. Join the gang and take a tour!
Peace, compassion and understanding are big words but in the Green Fields you’ll meet people with practical ways of finding them and making them real; ideas for personal and political change; suggestions for ways of living that aren’t based on competition and consumption; principles that inspired the first gathering at Worthy Farm and drove it to become the great event it is today.