I’ve been wondering about whether the Greenbelt Festival was going to happen, what with the weather and everything. This has been posted on their website and in the ‘Dispatches’ newsletter:
Thanks for all your calls and emails concerning the flooding in
Gloucestershire and how this might affect Greenbelt. Our site team live and
work out of Cheltenham and we are in daily contact with the Racecourse there
which is unaffected by any flooding and Greenbelt will be going ahead as
planned.* We will continue to update you on this situation if it changes
via the website and through Dispatches. This is a very busy time of the year
for us, so we’d appreciate it if you didn’t call or email the office about
this issue. Please spread the word. The show will go on!
*This is not to ignore that things are extremely difficult for
Gloucestershire residents at present. Our thoughts are with them.
I have to say that it is the drinking water issue that has been concerning me rather than flooding of the racecourse itself. With so many people having no water to be bringing an extra 20000 people into the area seemed to me not the most helpful thing. But the organisers have obviously thought this through and decided that by the time of the Festival it should not be a problem. Hopefully the situation will have been resolved well before the August bank holiday.
Update: I have learned, by eavesdropping at various doors, that:
1) The drainage at the racecourse is generally very good. Last year there was extreme weather the week before, but most areas had drained very well by the time the festival opened.
2) The festival has been investing in more temporary trekway for the centre course village.
3) The one change that might have to happen is restriction of vehicles onto the campsite areas. So you might have to park in the car parks and carry your camping gear to the campsite.
My advice would be to keep an eye on the Festival website for further informational updates.