Glastonbury Festival 2017 weather: Remember your sun cream

Tuesday 20th June 2017

GWR to provide 50 extra trains for Glastonbury, and it’s set to be a scorcher as people wait to board connecting shuttle bus services

With the hot weather set to continue for the first half of the week as Glastonbury Festival 2017 goers make their way to the festival site, GWR is reminding passengers to travel light, to remember sun cream, and a bottle of water.

An extra 50 trains have been laid on by the train operator to take passengers to and from the festival, but a queuing system will be in place at Castle Cary as revellers make their way to the connecting free shuttle bus service, and at Paddington Station.

Added to the regular hourly service from London Paddington, and Bristol Temple Meads, the 50 additional trains will provide over 10,000 extra seats each way to take customers to and from the festival. 

Castle Cary Station Manager James Wilcox said:

“On arrival at Castle Cary passengers will have to cross a bridge over the railway line to exit the station before boarding their free shuttle bus to the festival site.

“Our helpful and friendly staff will be on site to help passengers safely through the station but we would remind those coming to pack light. 

“Your luggage will need to be able to fit on the connecting bus as well as the train, and for security reasons extra searches will take place at the festival site which will make entrance slower than previous years.” 

Advice to Glastonbury Festival goers

Part of the festival experience is the journey to and from Castle Cary and to help ensure that passengers enjoy the journey GWR is issuing the following advice:

  • Only bring what you can carry: 
    • Space is limited and there is a connecting bus service from Castle Cary to the festival site – if your luggage cannot fit on the connecting coach it may have to be left behind (Do not bring shopping trolleys; wheelie bins or excessively sized items
  • Bring a little patience and allow time for your journey: 
    • A queuing system will be in place at London Paddington and at Castle Cary – where you will have to cross a bridge (see point one) over the tracks to reach the connecting bus service
  •  Charge your phone: 
    •  While Castle Cary station and the festival site itself will offer mobile phone charging, to prevent you from being delayed, or from holding up others, remember to charge your phone if you have purchased an electronic ticket. Remember you can save money booking in advance using our phone app
  • Remember your rail card: 
    • Young Person’s discounted tickets are only valid with a supporting Young Person’s Railcard. If you leave it at home you may have to pay to upgrade your ticket 
Welly wash facilities will be available at the station for the return journey on Monday 26 June. For further information on Glastonbury train times please visit our dedicated Glastonbury page.

Notes to editors

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