Bill Klemperer, steward
Best memory : I saw two guys a few years ago completely covered in mud. And they were running towards people who were trying to hug them and everyone was saying “nooooo”. And I thought, “You’re enjoying it now mate but tomorrow morning you’re gonna need a shower!”
Party tips: Stay cool and keep walking. And when you’re tired, stop, have a drink. It’s confusing. It’s great to get lost. Getting lost, being nice to people, finding the little nooks and crannies.
Claire Alison, 48 years old, camping team member
Best memory : One time I was told they needed extra stewards for something, so I said OK, I’ll go, and we all went to the meeting point and it was for steward for the Dalai Lama. I was two meters away from him while he gave his speech. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
A festival tip? Put everything in the boxes. If you do this, you will relieve yourself so much of having to worry about having things in the tents. Car keys and house keys. I didn’t put my credit card there and lost my credit card on the first night. Normally I’m so good. So I’m living proof that it’s a bad idea not to use them.
Hilary Hare Duke, 64, flight attendant
Best memory : I came with my children when they were little. The first time, my eldest son was nine months old. We didn’t know any better! Back then, you could take your time and camp next to your car. It was easier to be a young parent then. I don’t know how the parents are doing now.
Festival tips Make sure you know where the shade is – to keep the kids out of the sun. And don’t worry about the music, head to the Kidzfield. There’s so much going on – cabaret and street performers. You can have such a great time as an adult and your kids have fun too. You create family memories.
Pip Hayes, 64, GP
Best memory : Oh, that’s good teamwork. The festival medical services are an amazing organization. Well established. We’ve been working together for years. Really, really well organized.
Party tips: Enjoy! I’m relatively old and I think life is for having fun. My mother said last week that my two sons were following in my footsteps – and she said it with disapproval. They like to have fun. And life is for fun!
Deb Klemperer, 64, flight attendant
Party tips: You need less than you think. Boots and shorts. And don’t try to bring too many things with you and enjoy. Don’t worry if you think you forgot something because you can buy stuff here. Festivals like Glastonbury are essential because adults need to play. Life is very, very serious. So come here and play!
Louis, 33 years old, traffic policeman
Party tips: Always make a mental note of where you camped before setting off for the first time. A large flag is helpful. When you’re packing, make a list because you always end up forgetting at least one or two things. And reasonable wear and tear along with your party gear. And cereal bars.
Stacey Collett, Campsite Team
Party tips: Relax. Don’t worry about trying to do everything, because you won’t succeed. Have an idea rather than a plan. ‘Cause it’ll go out the window when you get here. And you may find that you spend too much time focusing on something and miss something else. I’ve been coming for 20 years and always find new things.
Travel light. If you’re going to be staying here for a while, it seems comfortable to have a nice big tent and air mattress, but Monday morning you’ll have to drag it through the mud, maybe up the hill. So I always say travel light. Bring spare pants, of course. Or not.
Duncan McCallum, 57, steward
Best memory : I guess the muddy years are the most memorable, when you just see a bunch of people falling into a big puddle. And a lot of times they do it on purpose and they roll around in the mud and they really enjoy it. But you think they’ll have a hard time getting the mud off later.
Party tips: Wear shorts and walking boots as it all gets wet and muddy on your lower leg. I would also say start early. I started too late in life. Ideally come when you are one and then you get used to it.
Laura Stewart, 62, nurse
Best memory : As a bettor I have been coming here for about 20 years. Working here as a nurse is my seventh year. Yes, it’s good to see the bands – but at the end of the day, we’re here to do good and help people. And you have some really nice kids coming in and they’re just glad you could help them.
Party tips: Take time if you feel overwhelmed. There are places of social help here, but it is important that you have free time because sometimes people, if it is the first time, get carried away.
Steve Toye, 50, steward
Party tips: Prepare well. And either make a plan and stick to it, or don’t make a plan at all. Because you’re going to make a plan for who you’re going to see and that never happens. So if anything I would say pick one person each day and just go see them. Other than that, just go with the flow.
John Hext, 51, police officer
Best memory: My best memory is being promoted to inspector at Glastonbury in midfield – not many people can say that. I managed to pass my promotion board, and the boss was there, and he stood in the middle of a muddy field and he gave me my inspector pips.
Festival tips: Try to get a map as it’s really important and use the Glastonbury app. Bring plenty of cash but keep it safe. Or use your card, it’s even better. The main thing is to come and have a great time and have fun, and take care of each other. That’s the whole story.