Faqs

tickets

Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd July 2023.  

The fun starts at 12 noon on 20th and ends at midnight on 23rd. 

(You are welcome to camp on-site until Monday 24th July but we ask that you leave the campsites by noon.)

Don't panic! We have introduced an instalment plan this year for tickets, live-in vehicle passes and accommodation. With tickets, you just need to put down a £50 deposit per ticket (it's a smaller fee for other passes) and then you can split the remaining balance across however many months remain between now and April 2023. Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with our Payment Plan Terms before completing your purchase. 

All tickets to The Secret Garden Party are weekend tickets and camping is included in the price of your ticket. We are sorry but we do not sell day tickets. There is no discount available if you choose to only join us for part of the weekend or stay off-site.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable except through official channels. Details of our secondary resale platform will be provided in due course. Tickets must not be sold through Viagogo, StubHub, eBay, Facebook Marketplace or any similar site and any tickets sold in this way will be liable to be voided. Never ever sell your ticket unofficially - the person you have sold it to will never forgive you when they can’t get in!

You may register guest names at the point of purchase. You will be able to update these closer to the event if your plans change.

Photo ID (passport, driving license or citizen’s card) will be required on the gate and must match the name on the relevant ticket.

lineup

We've signed up celestial sonic innovators and techno pioneers Underworld to headline this caper, with romantic British punk royalty The Libertines, and one of the most celebrated international live outfits, Fat Freddy's Drop.

theme

Join us in a garden far far away…

To explore our hopes for the future and celebrate the dreams of what might be, by remembering some of the great Sci-Fi of the last century.

We might be well past 2000AD and 2001 is a mere memory but, as we all know, you CAN go back to the future. Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it, so with that we're looking at the pitfalls and possibilities planted by gardens and eons past to understand where we're going. From technicolour aspirations to dystopian battles, all dreamt up by our icons of science fiction, we're inviting you to dip bits of yourself into a romantic futurescape and shoot for the stars.

Whilst firmly going back to our roots for next summer's party, we are also boldly going where no party has gone before.

Assembling our best ragtag team of explorers yet, we're now calling on you to join the crew. Grab your frikin' laser beams and mixtapes, charge your flux capacitor, and may the farce be with you as you're beamed aboard the Starship SGP to blast off into the next uncharted chapter.

travel

The Secret Garden Party is nestled in beautiful countryside in East Anglia near Huntingdon.

Postcode: PE28 2PH.

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There are good road links in place from the A14 and A1, however we encourage the use of sustainable travel options including trains and coaches.

We will offer Green Traveller Incentives in the form of discounts on site to those that travel to site by coach or train.



Our official coach travel partner is Big Green Coach. They offer weekend return coach services from many popular pick-up locations. Most coaches arrive on Thursday in time to find the perfect camping spot (with some on Friday too from London only) and will take you home on Monday morning. Don’t worry, you can sleep all the way back! All Big Green Coach services to Secret Garden Party are carbon neutral. Please purchase coach travel via our website. You may add it on to your ticket purchase any time. Please show your coach ticket to collect your Green Traveller wristband on arrival at site.

The nearest train station is Huntingdon and there will be a frequent shuttle bus available from there to site throughout Thursday and Friday and a return service on Sunday and Monday (times and cost tbc). Taxis are also available from Huntingdon station. 

Don’t forget to collect your Green Traveller wristband at the taxi rank on arrival on-site or when you depart the shuttle bus.

We have parking available on site - please purchase a car park ticket for each vehicle via our website.  You may add it on to your ticket purchase any time. Please car share where possible.

We’re sorry we don’t have any electric car charging points on-site yet although there are charging points at Tesco Extra Huntingdon just down the road (Abbots Ripton Rd, Sapley, Huntingdon PE28 2LA). 

camping

Of course. An adult ticket includes entry to the festival with 4 nights of camping in your own tent.

No gazebos please.

Camping will be first come first served within our campsite areas.


Yes. 

Gates open at 8am and shut at 10pm.You can still leave outside these times but you can’t get back in until the morning.

Boutique camping and sustainable pre-pitched tents will be available early in the new year (and payment plan options will be available for Boutique this year for the first time). You will need to be a ticket holder to join us in Boutique as all accommodation options are sold separately. We will have many different types and sizes of structure available when they go on sale.

Only those who have added a Boutique tent to their order (when they are available) will be able to access Boutique camping and the Boutique camping fields.  This is to ensure adequate facilities for all those camping there.

Unfortunately not. 

campervans and caravans

Yes, provided that you have the appropriate pass. We offer small-medium campervan passes (pitch size up to 6 x 6m) or large campervan passes (6 x 9m pitch). Please ensure that you have booked the appropriately sized place. Please purchase your campervan pass when you purchase your festival ticket(s), or go back at any time and add it on (subject to availability).

Please note that we cannot accommodate larger vehicles. Campervan tickets are non-refundable. In the event that you arrive at the festival in a larger vehicle, we may need to turn you away and will not be liable to refund your festival ticket or your campervan pass.

Unfortunately, we do not have electric hook ups or grey water disposal on site.

Yes.  Please book a caravan ticket when you purchase your festival ticket or go back at any time and add it to your booking (subject to availability). You must purchase a specific caravan ticket and not a large campervan pass. The caravan or trailer tent and towing vehicle must fit within the 6x9m pitch.

Please note that we cannot accommodate larger vehicles. Caravan passes are non-refundable. In the event that you arrive at the festival in a larger vehicle, we may need to turn you away and will not be liable to refund your festival ticket or your caravan pass.

Unfortunately, we do not have electric hook ups or grey water disposal on site.

Unfortunately not. Only those with campervan or caravan passes will be allowed access to the live-in vehicles campsite. No tents must be pitched in this campsite for safety reasons.

Accessibility and Welfare

We openly welcome all our deaf, disabled and neurodivergent party-goers and want to make your weekend as enjoyable as we can. We have a number of accessible facilities around the site that are bookable to pre-registered customers. We are committed to providing an accessible and inclusive experience for all.  For more information please email accessibility@secretgardenparty.com.

We provide the following facilities to ensure that The Secret Garden Party can be enjoyed by all:

  • Accessible camping- A quieter and more spacious place to camp and be supported
  • Viewing platform
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Diverse sensory space
  • Mental health support
  • Hearing induction loops
  • Assistance animal provisions

We run a complimentary personal assistant ticketing scheme for our customers who wouldn’t be able to attend the festival without the aid of another person. You need to be in receipt of PIP/DLA or equivalent to qualify. Please read the Access Application Form for more details and apply using the form (just click on the orange wording above). 

We are committed to ensuring that The Secret Garden Party is a fun and safe environment for all. As well as our general ethos and inclusive approach, we collaborate with many partners to ensure that there is somewhere to access help for anyone that needs it, whatever it may be.  Whether this is mental health, harm reduction or any other advice, we have it covered.  Watch this space for announcements about our partners in this important and valued provision.

Rules

DON'T BE A DICK

Do we really need to explain this one?

  • Decide your own life, don’t let another person run or rule you.
  • Behave honourably at all times.
  • Do not take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable situation.
  • Do not allow yourself to become a stupid drunk and set a bad example for the treatment of other Gardeners
  • When travelling, take your trip respectfully, take no personal chances & cause no problems.
  • Do not allow other Gardeners to harm anyone, expose all abusers to authorities.
  • People who intentionally cause harm to others are the worst people to infest any society.
  • Help all who are lost and try to induce them to return home.
  • Look after your fellow Gardeners whenever and wherever needed, you may need their help someday.

The Secret Garden Party is a Leave No Trace event. This means you should leave the site EXACTLY the way you found it when you arrived.

  • We (including you!) are collectively responsible for the state of the site. We are trying to encourage collective responsibility for the land. If you brought it with you, please take it away at the end of the show.
  • All cold drinks at SGP are served in recyclable cans or carbon neutral reusable cups.
  • Please make sure you bring a reusable water bottle. There will be plenty of points on site to fill up.
  • Our compostable litter is processed locally and returned to the Estate as soil improver
  • Our toilet waste matter will be composted
  • Our generators will use recycled cooking oil
  • Where possible we encourage the use of public transport

Everything Else

Gates open from 8am Thursday 20th July. Most people choose to arrive on Thursday or Friday but you can arrive any day until 4pm Sunday.  But try to get there as soon as you can or you’ll miss something amazing!

Campsites open at 10am.

The arenas will be open from 12 noon Thursday.

The arenas close on Monday morning

Please leave the campsite by noon on Monday.

There is no entry or re-entry to site each day between 10pm - 8am.

There is no first-time entry to site after 4pm Sunday.

You can leave whenever you like.

This is a party for grown-ups only. This means no under 18s at all.   

(You may see some crew kids around during the event. This is because some of our crew live on site for many weeks creating the festival. They will be accompanied by responsible adults and well cared for to ensure their safety and wellbeing.)

Sadly, we don’t allow dogs or other pets on site, unless they are an assistance animal (please email accessibility@secretgardenparty.com to request this).

Although dogs have been allowed in previous years, we have taken the decision not to continue to offer dog tickets for welfare reasons.

(There may be a few crew dogs at the event as some of our crew live on site with us for many weeks. These animals will be extremely well cared for, kept on a lead and cleared up after to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the animals, owners and general public.)

We are installing composting toilets across site this year for use by all festival guests.

Showers can be accessed on site as needed for a nominal charge.

We will also be welcoming back When Nature Calls who will be providing their premium vacuum toilets, warm water hand wash facilities and hair washing station in East camping. When Nature Calls passes will be going on-sale very soon.

All pedestrians, vehicles, campervans & caravans and luggage will be subject to search by our security teams.  We use sniffer dogs to identify illegal substances and weapons.

  • Your ticket. Don’t forget this.  They will be issued just prior to the event and can also be downloaded (nearer the event) from Your Account on our website by logging into www.secretgardenparty.com/bookings.
  • ID. A Challenge 25 policy will be in place for the event.
    Please bring either a passport, driving licence or Citizen card to prove that you are over 18. A photocopy will not suffice
  • A Tent (unless you have pre-booked accommodation on-site)
  • Bedding (unless this is included in your pre-booked accommodation on-site)
  • Clothes. Bring outfits for every season (cold / hot / wet weather, swimmers). Party outfit.
  • Card for payments (many of the vendors do not take cash)
  • Booze – you are welcome to bring a limited amount of canned alcohol on site on first entry only.
    Maximum of – 8 cans of beer / lager / cider OR 4 cans of wine – NO spirits /hard liquor.
    No decanted drinks.
    Your own drinks will not be permitted in the arena. They are for consumption in the campsites only.
  • Mobile phone and power bank. Phone charging is available on site (at a charge). We are working on boosting phone reception on-site this year but please note that we cannot guarantee that you will have reception on the festival site.
  • Sun cream, pain relief, plasters, medication, contraception.
  • Refillable water bottle – drinking water taps will be provided.
  • Love and imagination
  • Presents. Who doesn’t like presents?
  • No illegal substances
  • No kids (under 18)
  • No animals, unless they are an assistance animal by prior arrangement
  • No independent sound systems
  • No generators
  • No items to sell
  • No weapons or items which may be used as a weapon
  • No barbeques or meth stoves
  • No Nitrous Oxide canisters or dispensers. Really.
  • No glass, including mirrors. Please try to avoid single use plastics.
  • No professional film, video or audio recording equipment is allowed on site without prior permission. This includes all cameras with a detachable zoom lens. All car parks and gate areas, and event areas are included.
  • No spray paint. Don’t even think about it…
  • No fireworks, flares, portable laser equipment or pyrotechnic devices
  • No sky lanterns, drones or UAVs of any kind
  • No Personal Electric Vehicles without prior permission (including scooters and Segways)
  • No trailers
  • No Bongos

Applications for traders, volunteers, musicians, artists and entertainers will be opening soon.

Keep an eye out for emails, social media posts and via the website.

Still have a question?

Have you read everything in these FAQs? Really?

Are you sure? If the answer isn’t in here and you truly need to know something special – then email us at info@secretgardenparty.com. We’ll do our best to answer or direct your query appropriately!