A Family Run Glamping Business
The Glastonbury Retreat is a family owned business based in Wedmore, Somerset. Founded by Barny Lee in 2016, 2023 will be the fourth year of The Glastonbury Retreat after their hugely popular sell-out debut in 2017.
Barny runs the glamping business with his wife Emily and their close knit, hard working team from their farm in the heart of the Somerset levels.
From Marquees to Glamping
Barny Lee Marquees is the sister company to The Glastonbury Retreat. They have been supplying event coordination, marquees and furniture for hundreds of weddings, events and festivals since 2003.
With his extensive background in the marquees and events industry, Barny saw an opportunity to expand the business by providing luxury camping facilities in addition to their core marquee offerings.
Being Part of Glastonbury Festival is a Family Passion
Barny and his family have lived their lives within earshot of Glastonbury Festival. Growing up in the area, Barny, Emily and their friends have been lucky to attend, work and be part of the festival for many years.
For a long time, Barny searched for the ideal site on the edge of the festival gates and dreamt of creating a boutique Glastonbury glamping experience for all to enjoy.
The Perfect Glamping Site for Glastonbury
In 2016, through a local friend Barny found the perfect site with 7 acres of land, only 5 minutes walk from Gate B at the festival. Barny wanted a glamping site not only that people rave about but also where friends and family can come together year on year in a relaxed environment. The perfect retreat to refresh and revive before embarking on the great experiences at Glastonbury festival.
Glastonbury Glamping 2023
The Glastonbury Retreat returns for its fourth successful year in 2023, bigger and better than ever. We offer all the comforts of a family run, luxury glamping site where guests are looked after 24 hours a day by a warm, friendly team.
We are always looking to improve on the year before so for 2023 we have lots of little extras lined up to make your experience even more memorable. Live music on the Wednesday night, a hair stylist, improved comfort of our bell tents with riased beds and real matresses. We can also arrange helicopter shuttle rides from Bristol airport with private buggy collection from the helipad to our door for an additional cost.
We look forward to welcoming back old friends and meeting new ones too. Let us take care of all the little extras so you can go off and revel in the delights of the largest and surely most exciting festival in the world!
The Badminton Retreat
Thanks to the ongoing success of The Glastonbury Retreat, the glamping business has grown! Barny and Emily launched the first ever exclusive glamping site at Badminton Horse Trials in 2019 – The Badminton Retreat. It was a resounding success, The Retreat team will be returning as the official glamping site at Badminton Horse Trials 2023 and accommodation has already begun to sell fast.
Located in the heart of the action at Huntsmans Close on the cross country course, guests can expect luxurious on site accommodation and VIP evenings in the restaurant with guest speakers and experts from the world of 5* Three Day Eventing.