Monthly Archives: August 2013

Greenbelt Festival 2013:Life Begins

Greenbelt Festival Night Time

Greenbelt at Night

Greenbelt during the day

Greenbelt during the day

Greenbelt Festival Camping

Greenbelt Festival Camping





Everything is coming together for the Greenbelt Festival 2013 at the Cheltenham Racecourse from the 23rd to 26th August.

There is a great lineup including Courtney Pine, Jon McGregor, Eliza Carthy and Jim Moray plus so much more. The festival includes music, literature , film, comedy, worship and the visual arts.

Clare Balding and BBC 2′s Good Morning Sunday are broadcasting from the site on Sunday.

The greenbelt festival has been running since 1974 so is 40 years old this year. Hence the title Life Begins. It aims to bring people together to explore faith, arts and justice issues. Its history is firmly rooted within a Christian Tradition, focusing strongly on inclusion, accepting of all regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, background or belief. The greenbelt festival website hosts a fascinating archive of photos videos and talks going right back to the early days.

Things have changed a lot since the early days. The organisers are making a feature length documentary film – The journey so far featuring rare archive footage of the humble beginnings in a field in suffolk. See here for a clip.

Now the Greenbelt Festival has fully embraced electronic age and it is possible to download the Daily Diary PDF and preorder the festival guide. Click here for details.

95% of the festival population camp. Camping is very well organised. There is an early curfew area for families and areas for Deaf and Disabled Camping. Caravans and Motorhomes have designated areas. 

However we still get plenty of guests every year for whom camping is not the best option. For greenbelt festival accommodation they prefer a nice warm bed and one of Melissa’s famous breakfasts. As the Greenbelt Festival is such a family affair, often the youngsters choose to camp but the wiser ones stay with us, but rooms book up quickly so click here to reserve.