The Secret Garden Party
The Secret Garden Party looks different from the outset. Explore their website and you'll find, first and foremost, a description of an ideology or ethos, set out as personal commandments. "Decide your own life, don't let another person run or rule you". Immediately you realise, that the organisers have gone to great lengths to curate a whole experience for their festival-goers and taken the idea of "getting away from it all" to another level. Each year has a them and 2017's will be "Sweet Dreams are made of these? And who are we to disagree?" This all means the chance to experience the world of the celebrity and to be treated like one yourself. They call it "the biggest VIP LOL-off".
The whole thing is set in 10 acres of garden that has been specifically landscaped for the festival and it has been granted a permanent licence. The music is diverse and there are 15 stages, tree houses, giant hammocks and even some secret stages with secret gigs. This festival has also won its share of awards: Best Small Festival 2005/2008, Best Medium-sized Festival 2011, and the ‘Act of Independence’ Award for the use of a pioneering drug-testing scheme.
You can also take part in many wacky activities such as a paint fight, 24 hour woodland parties, as well as live theatre and comedy. We also love the organic food stalls and restaurants.
Information at a glance
Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. PE28 2PH
Car parking for the weekend costs £20, although the organisers do encourage festival-goers to use public transport.
Adult weekend with camping tickets cost £197 (including a refundable £10 litter bond). Teen weekend tickets cost £157 and 12s and under are free.
20th-23rd July 2017
2,000 capacity per day
Metronomy, Crystal Fighters, and legendary reggae artist Toots & the Maytals are confirmed as the headliners. Also confirmed are Honne, Jagwar Ma, Jeremy Loops, Rejjie Snow, Tom Misch, Akala, Deap Vally, Ray Blk, Zak Abel, Etta Bond, Let’s Eat Grandma and more.