“The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them” - Amelia E. Barr
A beautiful landscaped garden, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2PH
The Secret Garden Party is 70 miles out of central London in the East Anglia countryside near Huntingdon.
As a way of thanks to the local community, please do not drive through the local villages to minimise disruption to them. The directions below avoid all local villages...
Directions by road:
From the A1/A14 Junction (aka Brampton Hut)
Take the A14 towards Huntingdon Industrial Estate (ignore signs to Huntingdon)
At next roundabout go straight over (signposted A141 March & Ely)
Continue straight over the next three roundabouts.
The last roundabout will have a huge Tescos on it.
Shortly after, there will be a turning left (signposted Kings Ripton.)
Take this turning and follow the road down to the next crossroads.
Turn left towards Abbots Ripton (B1090)
The Festival is about a mile on your right – very hard to miss…
Out of everything we do at the party, travel has by far the biggest environmental impact. The travel choices you make could help us to drastically reduce our carbon footprint and minimise disruption to our neighbours. There are loads of alternative ways to travel. Here are some of our favourites…
Get On The Fun Bus...
Big Green Coach, the music travel company, will be providing return coach services from a choice of 12 departure locations direct to the Official Coach Park at the Secret Garden Party. Leave your car at home, sit back, relax and let Big Green Coach take you to the heart of The Secret Garden Party. All services arrive at the party on Thursday 25th July and return for home on Monday 29th July. Return coach travel starts from only £32. Meet fellow Gardeners and let the party begin on your journey to the Garden with Big Green Coach.
Choose from departures in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Dartford (Bluewater), Leeds, London Victoria, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Reading, Sheffield and Swindon.
To view all coach services, ticket information and to secure your Big Green Coach travel visit http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/secretgardenparty
If you are driving to the garden PLEASE come with a full car. If you can't fill it with old friends, please fill it with new ones. We have teamed up with gocarshare where you can find fellow gardeners to share your journey with. Find out more about GoCarShare.
Green Gardener Vouchers
To say thank you to those who tread lightly on the garden path, everyone arriving on shuttle buses, coaches or on bikes will be given a ‘Green Gardener Voucher’. Treats for Green Gardeners will include the chance to enter a prize draw for tickets to 2014’s party, discounts at selected traders in the garden AND a great big thank you from the head gardeners.
For a gold star and a great adventure, cycle to the party with bike2basics who will be organising tours from London this summer. There’s no better way to start the weekend than with the wind in your hair and a flush in your cheeks. You will be able to lock your bike at the bike park next to the gates. Find out more about Bike2Basics.
The nearest train station to site is Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. Huntingdon takes one hour on the train from London Kings Cross, and it costs around £23 normal return, £40 anytime return. Trains leave around every half hour. There are also shuttle buses which run regularly from the station to the garden.
There will be regular shuttle buses taking gardeners from the train station to the garden, running between midday - 9.15pm on Thursday & Friday. And between 9am – 1pm on Monday. Single fares are £3 per person.
For those of you who don't live near a train station or a coach pick-up point, Minicabit might be a good option. They specialise in offering reasonable prices and easy booking of taxis and minicabs for long journeys. And if you share your journey with fellow gardeners also travelling from your area, you'll be able to divide the cost and help reduce the garden's footprint in the process. Find out more about MiniCabit and make your booking. Advance booking recommended.
Taxis from the station should cost around £12, which you can share with any fellow gardeners you meet on the train… 4 in a car means only £3. Some of the local tried and tested taxi firm numbers are: -
Ace Cabs 01480 453342
A Star Cars 01480 455595
Phoenix (Only cab firm with wheelchair suitable cabs) 01480 457576
Please travel safely. We look forward to seeing you in the garden... xx