This article is part of our series of guides to the different campsites in Glastonbury Festival. Bushy Ground is a large, spacious campsite that connects the festival through Silver Hayes in the North and the Dairy Ground in the South.
Updated for 2023!
If you’re wondering where to camp at this year’s Glastonbury Festival and you’re considering Bushy Ground, keep reading to see whether it’s right for you!
First up – Glastonbury is not like other festivals, the various different campsites do not have barriers between them and the arena/entertainment areas. Once you’re in through the main gates, you can pretty much explore everything inside the festival.
Camping in Bushy Ground
If you’re looking for a little bit of peace and quiet while still being close to the action, Bushy Ground might just be the spot for you.
This massive camping field was established at the festival in 2010 for England’s football fans to watch the games on large screens, and has been a popular campsite choice in the years that follow.
With its peripheral location, the tent density is usually low and it’s conveniently located near Gate D.
Plus, it’s a great option for late arrivals as there will usually still be space available well into Thursday.
One downside of Bushy Ground is that it’s located behind some restricted areas, including the Park Farm farmhouse and dairy unit, which means you’ll have to navigate around them (it’s a bit of a detour when following the set paths) to get to and from your tent each day.
Also, being located on the edge of the festival site means that it’s a bit of a walk to the busier areas like Silver Hayes, the South East Corner and the Other Stage.
And be aware, the northern part of the field can get soggy and muddy on a wet year, due to the proximity of the river.
Access to this camping site is easy from either Western Pedestrian Gates A or D. But be aware that direct access through Pylon ground from Gate A will no longer be possible in 2023. Pylon Ground will be crew/staff camping, and blocked to non crew/staff.
All in all, Bushy Ground is a great option for those who want a bit more peace and quiet while camping and don’t mind a bit of a walk to the busier areas of the festival.
- Relatively flat ground
- Close to the West car parks for those driving in.
- Doesn’t fill up until Thursday, loads of room for late arrivals.
- Walks in to the festival are hindered by restricted areas, but being on the edge of the festival you will be walking a lot either way!
- Being close to the river will lead to waterlogged and muddy areas in the norther part of this field.
- A few people we know who have camped here confirmed that there may be more dairy farm smells than “usual” coming from the nearby buildings.
- Direct access from Gate A has been blocked by crew/staff camping.
Best Place to Park for Bushy Ground
Park in Orange parking.
Best Gate to Access Bushy Ground
Come in through Gate D, but Gate A works too.
Is Camping in Bushy Ground Right for You?
Bushy Ground would be right for you if:
- You are not concerned with a bit of walking.
- You want to be close to parking and gates.
- You would like a quieter camping experience.
- You are arriving on Wednesday or Thursday
Bushy Ground Alternatives
Other areas near by you can also try:
For those who may not know, Glastonbury Festival is one of the biggest and most iconic music festivals in the world, taking place annually in the UK. This five-day extravaganza is like a magical kingdom, where the music never stops and the good vibes flow 24/7. The line-up is always a who’s who of the music industry, with past headliners including the likes of Beyoncé, Adele, Paul McCartney and Ed Sheeran.
But Glastonbury isn’t just about the music. It’s an immersive experience that’s hard to put into words. Imagine wandering through the lush fields, taking in the colourful and eclectic art installations, and getting lost in the diverse array of food and craft stalls. It’s like stepping into an entirely different world, where anything is possible.
One of the things that makes Glastonbury so special is the sense of community. The festivalgoers are a diverse group of people from all walks of life, but for five days, we’re all one big family. The vibe is so positive and inclusive, it’s impossible not to feel uplifted and connected to everyone around you.
See you on the farm!