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A remembrance of Glastonbury 2016

Before arriving at Glastonbury, I imagined an expansive bumbling chaos. It was a festival I was determined to experience once, but was unsure of how I would feel when leaving. When I got there, my presumptions were valid, however, they were overruled by the wondrous setting and amalgamation of people all there for different reasons.

I am used to festivals where they target a specific audience- all after a relatively similar experience and who all share a love of a similar genre of music.  At Glastonbury, you stroll (or slip) for hours, encountering different people after different things, yet harmoniously enjoying it all together.  For this reason, it is so unique- I can understand why people wake up at 9 am on a dreary Sunday in October to refresh the same webpage until their tickets are secured.

Despite the mud and almost constant drizzle, everyone is in great spirits.  You wander aimlessly for hours to explore areas you have not seen, somehow stumbling upon a random bar with frozen margarita’s, playing 80’s pop tunes. A couple of women dressed as bee’s bump their bottoms to the beat, and you spot a mum and dad with their 17-year-old who is seemingly loving the music more than they are. You walk a short distance reaching a path full of eclectic niche shops, whose vendors are happy to chat to random wanderers about their craft and their passion.

For me, the most amazing moment was watching Earth, Wind and Fire at the West Holts stage on Sunday night.  This was a life dream of mine - although I was born 2 decades after their first album was released, they are a favourite of my happy, enthusiastic being.  When the band began to play, and their falsetto rang across the field, a father with his one-year-old baby were dancing joyously in front of me. This tiny soul, unaware of who this notorious funk iconic band even are, let alone understanding the concept of music, was bouncing up and down in his father’s lap with the largest grin I have ever seen.  Next to me was a woman in her 50’s - she stepped up on to the bench next to me as I had taken my wellies off to stand barefoot and free, and we held on to each other to steady ourselves, and also share that moment together.

Glastonbury - although the size is somewhat daunting, it is also the very thing that makes it an absolutely incredible experience.  Whatever your age, whatever your preferred genre of music or past time, Glastonbury truly has something for everyone.  If you enjoy people, food and music, go at least once in your lifetime.  I promise you won't regret it.


(Image used with permission from Glastonbury festival, photographed and coprighted by Andrew Allcock)


Hotel Bell Tent Accommodation

From a humble 30 tent site in 2008, it is with great pride that we enter our eighth year with almost triple the amount of tents at the world’s favourite festival; an event very close to our hearts…

This will be one of the concluding launches for our line-up of fantastic events we’ll be at this year; and what a launch it's been! A manic week of converting deposits into bookings for our lucky Hospitality ticket holders and ploughing through a flurry of new requests.

This week also marks the beginning of a new stage for us in the Hotel Bell Tent offices. With this year's production team filling desk spaces by the day and the imminent arrival of our amazing Project Managers (and the sun shining a bit more consistently!), excitement about the 2016 season has definitely gone up a few gears.

If you would like to book into our one of our fabulous bell tents in the Glastonbury Hospitality area, please note that you must be in possession of a Hospitality camping ticket. Check out all packages and availability by visiting the booking page.


This July, health enthusiasts from across the globe will flock to the idyllic grounds of Stanford Hall to immerse themselves in a weekend of yoga classes from a bevy of internationally acclaimed teachers, yoga-related entertainment and music, and all things rejuvenating! Hotel Bell Tent will be making its’ first array into the world of wellness as Yoga Connects enters its’ second year and we’re very happy to be involved!


We caught up with Founder Daniela to find out more…

1) How did Yoga Connects come about?

Daniela Olds and Sally Griffyn met in 2014.

Dani had wanted to organise a day festival in London with the top teachers, uniting the passion for yoga, music and fashion for a while. Through mutual friend, yogi Marc Laws, she met Sally who had the same vision. The rest as they say is history...

Daniela is currently teaching in several yoga studios in London. Her background is in fashion design, HR and office management. Daniela's strength is her passion for connection, friendship and happiness, whilst she brings strong organisational skills, attention to detail, focus, drive, people skills, and not to forget a love for fun and live music to the table.

Sally`s background is in Photography and Property development, whilst also being a very respected yoga teacher with a fantastic global contact base. Sally`s skillset is overviewing the organisation and bringing together innovative and inspiring concepts and people. Sally is determined to succeed, focused, visionary, with passion for spirituality and Shamanism.

The dynamic duo are now into their second year of organising Yoga Connects festival 2016, with a strong team building and growing around them. They not only share the love of yoga, but also passion for people, creating new experiences, collaborating with musicians, spirituality, astrology, authenticity and travelling, creating dreams and visions for the future, and having fun whilst at it.


2) What were the highlights of Yoga Connects 2015?

The highlights of Yoga Connects 2015 - way too many to name, from seeing the most amazing line-up of top quality teachers, from Dylan Werner, Patrick Beach, Yogabeyond and Meghan Currie, to welcoming many friends through the door, being lucky with amazing weather and the most glorious location to connecting with the team, having silly moments of panic and laughter via walkie-talkies, sitting in a hot tub after the festival… But there is one special moment that stood out for me: it was the fusion of Live music and the yoga-rave on Saturday night. We did not think it through and made a mistake with scheduling. The Live music was clashing with the Yoga rave in the tent next-door, so as it rolled out, most people went to the rave and that is when the magic happened - one of the drummers from “ the Antarma and the family tree” (with our permission) decided to storm into the Yoga Rave tent: The two merged together to create an amazing cocktail of Connection of funky beats and Live musicians drumming with people dancing, jumping and having the time of their life. This was the most spectacular experience - completely mind blowing.


Do the different days differ in terms of what is going to be on offer in terms of yoga styles? If so, how?

There is selection of all kinds of Yoga, we pride ourselves in offering a huge variety to choose from; on all day everyday, from Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Rocket, Yin, Paddle board, Beginners and Pranayama, Meditation plus many more. This year we also welcome Kundalini yoga and the Yoga Supper club (yoga with a stylish banquet dinner)

The detailed timetable will be created with the team at a later stage, once we have all the teachers confirmed but it includes something for everyone, we believe in variety being the spice of life.


Do you have any recommendations on things to check out at Yoga Connects 2016?

Check out as much as possible, the music this year is going up a notch, so get excited to see the full line up- to it’ll be revealed soon! There are some exciting musicians joining us this year.

There will also be an interactive talk which will touch upon the authenticity of modern day yoga; we will invite Yogis from all corners of the business, teachers, and studio owners to discuss the topic. This one has a potential to be quite spicy, as there are so many opinions out there across media, social media, network studios etc. We want to create opportunity to create open conversation and share the power of the free speech.

Hotel Bell Tent will be on hand providing the magic of camping outdoors with luxurious exclusive touches, comparable to staying in Boutique Hotel. With Standard, Luxury and Classic Emperor Bell tents on offer, you can find out more by visiting the booking page.


In big news for anyone who’s ever gone (or dreamt of going) to Bestival, festival founder and superstar DJ Rob Da Bank has announced that the much loved Port – a spectacular shipwreck of a stage where all the best house music goes down, to the delight of the bonkers and beautiful crowd – will this year be replaced by the out-of-this-world Spaceport.

While we’re sure that all Bestivalistas will join us in taking a nostalgic moment to reflect on all of the fabulous times had at the Port, we are also extremely excited to see what madness Rob Da Bank and co have cooked up for what is sure to be an intergalactic extravaganza with the Spaceport.

With Hotel Bell Tent packages going on sale for the Isle of Wight event very soon, we are looking forward to seeing seasoned Bestival goers and first timers alike exploring the cosmic celebration at this year’s Future-themed party…


With the recruitment process well under way, I caught up with three of our lovely senior managers to chat about all things Hotel Bell Tent. If you’re thinking about applying to join our crew this summer, or read our previous post- this will be of interest to you…


1) How did you hear about working for Hotel Bell Tent?

George: I actually used to deliver them sandwiches! My contract was running out, and Tiff (our Co-Founder) offered me a job in the field.

Kirsty: On a Google search, I was looking for summer work putting up marquees or something similar, as I was teaching snowboarding in the winters in Canada

2) What were the reasons you decided you first wanted to put yourself forward?

Sonya: At the time I was studying for my MSc, so in serious need of funds. I was also really attracted by the idea of working at festivals, during the summer, and thought Hotel Bell Tent looked like a fun and vibrant company to work with.

Kirsty: It was the perfect solution to wanting to go away all winter and working outdoors all summer.

3) How has HBT changed since you were crew members and in what way?

Kirsty: When I started we used to only do 1 or 2 jobs over a weekend with about 20 – 30 tents at each event, we did a corporate job for LUSH for 100 tents and that was a massive job for the company! Now we do 3 to 4 events each weekend, with up to 800 structures up at one time and over 500 of them being just at one event.

Sonya: In a lot of ways, Hotel Bell Tent is the same: the company still cares about the people who work for it, and still prides itself on being fair and transparent to guests, while offering the best customer service in the industry. However, it is a more structured organisation now, with clear delineation of responsibility. It is big on retaining knowledge, and almost all freelance and permanent members of staff worked from ‘the bottom up’.

4) Did you factor in the possibility of progressing with the company in the early stages of working for us?

George: I didn’t actually – too busy putting up tents!

Kirsty: It wasn’t in my thought process exactly, but I knew I wanted to come back the following year as I had found a way to facilitate travelling and snowboarding during the winter and got to do a really fun job all summer!

5) What are your favourite aspects of working with Hotel Bell Tent, and why?

Sonya: Luckily, I like being busy and multitasking. No two days working in events are the same, and I’m always learning and putting my skills to use in different ways. The Hotel Bell Tent office team and crew members are also wonderful.

George: Being in a field (for obvious reasons) and being in a good crew of people – you make some excellent friends in a very short time.

6) What have been your favourite jobs so far?

Sonya: It’s really hard to say – small and intimate festivals are lovely to be at, but from a professional point of view the big, production-heavy events are very satisfying. I’ve seen so many beautiful places across the country that I would never have normally gone to.

Kirsty: I really enjoyed working at Festival Number 6 as it's our biggest and most challenging job by far; setting up over 500 tents with a massive crew. It was also a really amazing festival in stunning surroundings.

To apply, please email us at with your CV attached and include any previous/relevant experience. Please also highlight anyone you know that has worked for us in previous years when you apply.