Lonely Planet Writer

Happy campers: Glastonbury revellers depart a soggy festival after a weekend of mud and music

A major clean-up operation is under way on Worthy Farm in Glastonbury as the 1,000 acre festival site is turned back into farm land, with 1,800 litter pickers scouring the grounds for rubbish while revellers pack up their tents and head for the exits.

The clear up begins at the Glastonbury Festival
The clear up begins at the Glastonbury Festival

The 135,000 festival-goers are expected to leave behind 500,000 sacks of rubbish, 57 tonnes of reusable items and 1,022 tonnes of recycling, according to the Glastonbury Free Press.

Departing festival goers pass rubbish left behind at the Glastonbury Festival
Departing festival goers pass rubbish left behind at the Glastonbury Festival Image by Getty Images

The muddy conditions which plagued arrivals on Wednesday and continued throughout the festival made things difficult for departing cars and camper vans and some vehicles have been towed out of the mud.

 A man tries to push a car as festival goers leave the Glastonbury Festival
A man tries to push a car as festival goers leave the Glastonbury Festival Image by Getty Images

By 9 am this morning more than half the cars had already departed the site, with festival goers choosing to abandon their trusty chairs that had seen them through three days of music and dancing.

Abandoned chairs left behind by festival goers.
Abandoned chairs left behind by festival goers. Image by PA

On Sunday evening, headliners Coldplay closed the festival on the Pyramid Stage, bringing on special guests including festival founder Michael Eavis – who performed Frank Sinatra’s My Way – and Bee Gees star Barry Gibb.

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Singer Chris Martin was also joined on stage by his children Apple and Moses who sang on the band’s new single Up and Up, while mom Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted side stage snapping pics.