Glastonbury Festival 2013: My Oxfam Stewarding Experience
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It’s that time of year again when almost 150,000 flock to the green fields of Worthy Farm in Somerset for the festival powerhouse that is Glastonbury. Instead of battling it out for a ticket with half a million other people I decided I would steward for Oxfam and, luckily, got a place. My first stewarding experience was Glastonbury 2011 and it was so amazing and enriching that I decided to go back again and return for 2013. Stewarding for Oxfam brings many perks that regular guests at Glastonbury don’t often get. For example, as a steward we get five meals across the week, tea and coffee available at all times and even the luxury of a hot shower! As well as this the Oxfam camping field is spacious and secure with parking a mere 200 metres away. Arriving on the festival site a day before the public highlights a different side to the event, and also means you miss the majority of the traffic, which is an added bonus. We arrived on Tuesday morning and by the time we had set up our tents we were ready to go and explore Worthy Farm without the hoards of people. The hard work put in to making the festival perfect was in full swing as the various staff were putting the finishing touches to the 900+ acre site. Standing alone on the lush green grass in front of the Pyramid stage was an awesome moment. Knowing that in less than 24 hours these fields would be covered in people and tents made me super excited for the festival beginning. Wednesday meant another day of relaxing before the action packed weekend, and thankfully, the sun was shining. We explored the site again, this time with more and more people rushing through the fields of Worthy Farm to find the best camping spots before they all disappeared. Wednesday at the festival is the best time to find those places that only appear at Glastonbury. We found the famous Stone Circle and basked in the sun as well as exploring the Green Fields.
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