A festival-obsessed couple is gearing up for their first weekend in Glastonbury as a millionaire after winning a National Lottery prize – and they’re heading in a second-hand caravan.
Stephen Webster, 45, and Arran Taylor, 41, won £1 million last year after matching five main numbers and the bonus ball.
The couple, who live in Bridgwater, have been a regular at the Somerset music festival for over 20 years.
In recent years, they’ve only attended Sundays because of family commitments, but this year they’re attending the entire event for the first time since becoming parents.
Webster, a control and instrumentation engineer at a power station, said: “My first Glastonbury was a flop, but I loved it. Since then, I’ve been to every festival.
“Of course, things changed a bit when our first child was born in 2011. Although we took our eight-week-old baby that year, it was only for a day.
“Since then, that’s what we’ve been doing, we didn’t camp, we just went on Sunday.
“However, now that our kids are a little older, the four of us are going to spend the entire weekend for the first time. We are all very excited.”
Mrs. Taylor, who goes to the festival with Mr. Webster since 2002, has many happy memories.
“We’ve seen amazing live music over the years. U2 is definitely a highlight for me: they played the Sunday night after my oldest daughter was born, so I dropped her off at home and went back to see them because they’re my absolute favorites,” she said.
“The thing about Glastonbury though is that it’s not just about the music – although that’s absolutely out of this world – there’s so much going on that you can’t really plan, you just have to go with the flow.”
The family will travel to the festival in a second-hand caravan – giving them access to their own bathroom, fridge and shower.
“I don’t think we’ve ever showered in Glastonbury before, having the caravan will be a total luxury,” said Taylor, an ophthalmologist.
“Planning our visit as lottery winners was totally different, we didn’t have to think about ways to save money or where we can cut costs, we could just focus on how to make the best trip possible.
“And the fact that we’re going with our kids means this Glastonbury will be unlike any other and the four of us can’t wait.
“Honestly, the greatest pleasure will be being able to buy drinks in bars.
“Usually, because the festival is so long, we have all our own drinks and spend most of the weekend drinking hot beer.
“The fact that money won’t be an issue this time around is a wonderful feeling.
“We will also be on the lookout for something a little different and we won’t have to think twice before treating ourselves.
“Back in 2010, there was actually a pop-up restaurant being run by some Michelin-starred chefs and if there’s something like that again, we’ll jump at the chance to get involved.
“With this year’s children, their tastes are very different from ours. The kids like Billie Eilish, which we wouldn’t necessarily have chosen, but they’re desperate to see it.”
Taylor said winning the lottery allowed them to spend more time together as a family.
“I forget it happened because we try to keep life reasonably normal for our kids, but then you remember, it’s incredibly emotional,” she added.
“There are more opportunities to create good memories with children and take advantage of those opportunities when they are presented.”