Essential Guide: Watching the World Cup at Glastonbury 2014

The advice for anyone who just can't miss the World Cup

Photographer: Sara BowreyAli Ryland on 18 June 2014

News that Glastonbury Festival have decided not to screen the England game, should we reach the second round, and play at 9pm on either Saturday 28 or Sunday 29 June (dependent on where we finish) has left a few football fans feeling rather disheartened. If you can't be content with listening through a wireless radio or just checking updates on your phone then thankfully there are over 20 other venues screening the game in Somerset. If you can't go to Glastonbury and miss seeing the game then here's our guide to finding the best one whether you're planning on walking, driving or taking public transport.

Guide for Walkers

Don't bother with the nearest pub to the festival, The Crown Inn in Pilton, as they will not be screening the match; if you're willing to walk 3 miles, The Horseshoe Inn is the venue for you. The inn is the nearest venue to the site that will be screening the game, and has everything- save food. The picturesque pub is a grade 2 listed building, and is resplendent with a scenic beer garden, real ales and local ciders.

Shepton Mallet is also the easiest place for walkers to get to; you can even get a shuttle bus there from the festival bus station for £2 each way. They run on the hour between 10am and 1am. However, the last shuttle bus back to the site is at 12.30am, so it's best to walk back rather than miss the last twenty minutes or more of the game. Other pubs that will be putting on the match in Shepton Mallet are The Bell Hotel and The Queens Arms. Unfortunately, the route back to the festival is along the B3136, a quintessentially countryside road that typically has no pavement. The George Inn (BA5 3QH) in Croscombe may be a better bet. At 3.5 miles, the walk could take over an hour, but the route to this pub is mapped along quieter country roads, promising a pleasanter experience. It's also an award winning 17th century freehouse, with food served until 9pm.

Walkers should remember to take care when leaving the site by watching out for cars, not disturbing nearby residents and keeping all rubbish with you.

Guide for Public Transport Users

As mentioned, a shuttle bus service runs to Shepton Mallet; but for those who want to get public transport back and not miss the game, Glastonbury town is the place to go. The shuttle bus to the ancient market town costs £4 each way and runs hourly 7.30am-11.30pm. The last service back is at 1.30am, leaving enough time for the game to end and to finish your pint. For more information, see the official website.

After stepping off the bus at Glastonbury town hall, The Crown (BA6 9HD) promises to be the best places to catch the game. Not to be confused with The Crown in Pilton, this sports bar sports four TVs and a traditional pub vibe. If the Crown is full, King William Inn (BA6 9HL) will also be screening the match.

Guide for Drivers

It is advisable for those planning on taking the car to move further afield, away from the busy pubs of Shepton Mallet and Glastonbury Town. Hence, The Tramways in Wells (BA5 2HN) provides the perfect place to get away. Only a 17 minutes drive, the sports club is fully fitted out to host the world cup.

It is possible to leave the car and return to the site, but be aware that if the ground is muddy, it might be harder to get out. Drive safe, and please do not drink and drive.

If the Tramways does not appeal, see our full list of all the venues screening the world cup within a 25 mile radius:

The Bell Inn, Evercreech, BA4 6HY.
The Bell Hotel, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5AA.
Black Dog Saloon, Cheddar, BS27 3QA
Cheddar Valley Inn, Wells, BA5 2DZ.
Cheddar Football Club, Cheddar, BS27 3RL.
City Arms, Wells, BA5 2AG.
The Crown Inn, Axbridge, BS26 2BN.
The Crown, Glastonbury, BA6 9HD.
EMI Sports and Social Club, BA5 1TB.
The Galleries Inn, Cheddar, BS27 3QA.
The George Inn, Croscombe, BA5 3QH.
The Horseshoe Inn, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5JG
The King's Head, Wells, BA5 2SG.
Prestleigh Inn, Prestleigh, BA4 4NL.
Riverside Inn, Cheddar, BS27 3PX.
Shake's Cocktail Bar, Wells, BA5 2RR.
The Sheppey, Lower Godney, BA5 1RZ.
Sherston Inn, Wells, .BA5 1SU.
The Street Inn, Street, BA16 0DR.
The Venue, Wells, BA5 1SL.
The Westbury Inn, Wells, BA5 1HA.

The Other Options

- The game will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live on 909/693 AM, DAB Digital Radio and Online.

- The Avalon Inn, within the Field of Avalon, has previously shown World Cup football (2010) when it venue used projectors to show games throughout the competition. There's no confirmation from the venue that this will be the case again this year and given its size we believe it's unlikely they're show the England game, if we are to reach that far.


The decision not to show the game - should England reach the next stage of the competition - has been contentious but seen overall support from festival-goers. The announcement back in April saw this response from one Virtual Festivals user, Julie Hyland, who said: "I am glad the World Cup won't be on big screens who goes to the best music festival In the world to watch football anyway. Good decision Glastonbury."

John Gray supported the idea, in principal: "When they showed the Germany v England game last time it was great because the stages were empty and you could get to the front for some great bands (but not for Keane, which was mobbed)."

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