Glastonbury Access Feedback and Suggestions
I have been attending Glastonbury since 1995 and using the disabled facilities
since 2002. I have written a guide for other disabled festival goers, which is at
As you can see from my guide, Glastonbury gets a lot of things right in
providing facilities for those with various disabilities. The campsite and
mobility bus in particular are an absolute godsend – thank you! However of
course there are always some things which could be suggested or improved.
Here are some ideas which would really make a difference for this year!
In past years there have been a handful of these dotted about the site. For
example, backstage at Jazzworld, in the Medical Compound near Other, and
next to the main loos by Leftfield. There are various issues:
• There aren't enough, so it can be an hour before a disabled person can
get to the toilet, particularly as we can take longer to get across site
than other people and some people's disabilities can mean they have
urgent toilet needs.
• The stewards and staff aren't always aware of them, for example I had
to point out the one in the Medical compound to the staff who said "oh I
wondered what that was for!” Also the medical staff had put their tents
around it and so there were guy ropes all around, you couldn't get near
it in a wheelchair! So please make people aware that they are there!
So far I have completely failed to find the loo backstage at Pyramid,
despite asking several nearby stewards.
• There often aren't sinks nearby, for example the ones in Jazzworld
backstage, and the medical compound, which I used most often. The
Jazzworld loo had a sink some way away which was not easily
accessible to a wheelchair, and there wasn't a sink in the medical
compound. We need to wash our hands! Some disabled people are
using toilets to inject medicine or to catheterise... and it’s a matter of
general hygiene that we must be abl