What is Trystonbury?

Trystonbury is a party to celebrate the end of the festival and outdoor party season, held as close to the Autumn Equinox as possible. Trystonbury’s origins are as a private birthday party for the site’s owner.  The festival’s name combines the owner’s family name with a part of Glastonbury (as a byword for a festival).   A small and well-kept secret, the festival is held on a patch of ancient woodland in Berkshire steeped in history and folklore, a truly magical place which through the centuries has been the site of a medieval hermitage and much later, a royal residence.  An invitational event now in its 8th year. 2012 is the third year that the event has invited a few more friends and 200 tickets made available.

Ruins of the once royal residence overlook lush grassy lawns ( perfect for camping/glamping), that are been restored to some of their former glory by the current site owners. Make your way through the ancient woods to a sheltered clearing under a thousand year old oak tree and find the stage, bar and cafe with live music, DJs, performers, entertainers and beautiful party people of all ages. This year we have more children activities planned for the saturday and a family camping area.

Trystonbury is a not for profit event. It relies on contributions from volunteers in all areas, from performance to production, giving their time and energy simply for the love of a good party in stunning surroundings. Crews from the UK festival scene give the party as a fond and fitting farewell to Summer in the company of like minded, up-for it-folks.  The ticket fee is a very small contribution towards the festival’s costs.

Read a review of Trystonbury 2010 by Eddy Temple-Morris who DJ’d and partied with us in 2010. Have a browse through some of the photos from parties past in our Gallery, we will be adding more pictures to the site so keep checking back, or join our Facebook group to be notified about new posts.

The history of the hill dates back beyond records even began. It was once the edge of Windsor Great Park and from the lawns has perfect views over Windsor Castle and has some of the finest examples of old English tree species in the country. The hill and its oaks are even linked to the myth of Herne The Hunter, once a gamekeeper in Windsor Forest and reputed to still haunt the area as a ghostly horned figure. Read more about the history of the site at the Royal Windsor Website history zone.

You are invited to join the party. See our “Artists” page for what’s on offer this year.

We hope to see you there!

The Trystonbury Crew x