AIRCRAFT - including drones - have been banned from flying over this year's Glastonbury Festival.

The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, has issued flying restrictions over the festival site, at Worthy Farm, Pilton, from 7am on June 23 until 4pm on July 1.

The festival, which attracts more than 170,000 revellers, runs between June 26 and 30 and will feature performances from the likes of Stormzy, The Cure, The Killers and Kylie Minogue.

A notice detailing the flying ban from the Department of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority, says: "The Secretary of State has decided that it is necessary in the public interest to restrict flying in the vicinity of Glastonbury, Somerset by reason of the gathering of a large number of persons at the Glastonbury Festival."

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It details restrictions for aviation including "any small balloon, any kite weighing not more than two kilograms, and small unmanned aircraft and any parachute including a parascending parachute".

The restrictions would include drones - used by photographers at events up and down the country - but do not apply to emergency vehicles such as police helicopters or air ambulances.

They apply to an area of 2.5 nautical miles around the festival site.