National Trust to light up the Tor for Glastonbury Festival

By Culture24 Staff | 10 June 2010
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(Above) Glastonbury Tor will be bathed in psychedelic lighting for the summer solstice this year as the National Trust gets into the Glastonbury Festival vibe. Image: Fay Godwin, © NTPL

The National Trust is getting into the outdoor festival spirit this summer with a chill out bar and a project to illuminate Glastonbury Tor during the Glastonbury Festival Weekend.

Festival goers may have spotted the Tor above Glastonbury in the past, but this year the landmark will be unmissable as St Michael's Tower, which is perched on the top of the iconic ancient monument, will be bathed in light for the first time.

The Tor will be illuminated each night between sunset and sunrise during the five days of the world famous music festival, which is also celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2010. The lights will go on at 9.31pm British Summer Time each evening, the exact time of sunset.

"It's the first time that the Trust will be at Glastonbury Festival, and we wanted to do something special to mark the important role that the Festival plays in Somerset life and to celebrate its 40th birthday," said Andy Mayled, National Trust General Manager for the Somerset Countryside.

Much like the light shows on the Festival's famous Pryamid stage, the latest LED technology will be used to light up the Tor in a variety of coloured light. The special lighting will however use a much smaller amount of energy - less than a third of the power of kettle - and give off less light pollution than conventional spotlights.

Warming to the festival theme, the National Trust will also be running the Outside Inn this year. Offering an escape from the crowds and thumping bass, the "fresh air bar" and chill out zone will feature soft pebbles and meadow grass to cushion people as they lie back with silent disco headphones playing the sounds of the outdoors.

"The National Trust's heart beats to the rhythm of the natural world, and we've tried to capture this in the Outside Inn where you can get refreshment for the mind and soul," added Mayled.

More information on the National Trust and the Glastonbury Festival (June 23-27) is available at: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/Glastonbury

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