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Glastonbury 2019 date and venue confirmed

The festival team are taking their traditional year off in 2018. Credit: Glastonbury Festival Official.

The next Glastonbury Festival will be taking place from the 26th to the 30th of June 2019, festival organisers have confirmed.

The Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts will be held at the Worthy Farm, Pilton in Somerset.

The team confirmed in 2016 that they would be taking a fallow year next year, meaning the festival would not be happening in 2018, "in order to give the farm, the village and the Festival team the traditional year off".


Glastonbury Tor undergoes repairs

Repairs will be made to the top of the Tor to repair erosion. Credit: ITV West Country

A helicopter will lift forty tonnes of aggregate to the top of Glastonbury Tor, in order to repair the erosion.

The repairs will be done today, 18 October, and is expected to take around six hours.

The work has been organised by the National Trust, who hope the protective measures will last a number of years.

The erosion is said to have been caused by the thousands of visitors to the hill.

Rare birds breed in Somerset

Rare cattle egrets have bred successfully in Somerset. Credit: RSPB

Rare cattle egrets have bred successfully in Somerset. It is only the second time ever that this has happened in the UK.

The exotic birds are members of the heron family and have adopted a 70-acre wetland at Ham Wall nature reserve near Glastonbury.

The site is also home the majority of the UK's breeding great white egrets, another bird that has colonised the UK in the past five years.

There have been five nests of cattle egrets on site, producing 11 youngsters.


Low levels of crime at this year's Glastonbury Festival

Avon and Somerset Police Force at this year's festival. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

This year’s Glastonbury Festival had one of the lowest levels of crime.

Avon and Somerset Police's current figures show that reported crime is likely to be as low as last year, which had the smallest amount of crime at any previous festival.

"Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended this year’s festival – your support and friendliness towards my officers and staff was phenomenal."

"The festival goers’ reaction to our policing operation and style was incredible – my teams were overwhelmed by the positive response they got."

"We work incredibly hard with the event organisers and security teams each year to make sure we have everything covered and this year is testament to how well we work together."

"We can’t wait to see you back on the farm in 2019."

– Gold commander for the event, Assistant Chief Constable Caroline Peters
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