GLASTONBURY Festival founder Michael Eavis was inspired to create his first festival at the Royal Bath and West Showground in 1970.

Having attended the Bath Blues Festival at the showground almost 50 years ago, he started his very own festival on the farm that same year, which he called the ‘Pilton Pop Festival’. It cost £1 to attend, which included free milk from the cows.

Having been President of the Royal Bath and West Show for two years, his legacy remains in the Pilton Tent, a hub of live music, bars and fresh local food.

Mr Eavis said: “I’m very keen on the Pilton Tent, it’s a wonderful area, and brings a real festival atmosphere to the Show. I started introducing it on day one of being President and wanted it to continue every year.”

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Mr Eavis's legacy remains in the Pilton Tent

From a farming perspective, Mr Eavis’s links to the Royal Bath and West Show go way back. “We always went to the Show, even before it settled at the permanent showground, when it was a travelling show,” he says. “My father let me drive the car to Exeter one year when I was about 12 years old – I loved it. He was urging me to drive faster and overtake people – I think I’ve got some of his habits!”

In regards to what he will be doing at the Show this year, Mr Eavis says: “I could spend half my time looking at the rural crafts area, then have lunch at the Pilton Tent and listen to some great music.

"Then I’d like to go off and see all those wonderful people putting their heart and soul into what they’re doing.”

For anyone who wants to enjoy the festival atmosphere into the evening, camping is available on-site at the Show.

The Royal Bath & West Show will be held on 29 May – 1 June. Find out more