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Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd July 2023.

For those of you who like a bit more detail, it’s from 12 noon on 20th until midnight on 23rd.

(You are welcome to camp on-site until Monday 24th but we ask that you leave the campsites by noon so we can clear up any rubbish you absolutely won’t have left this year.)

Don't panic!
We have an instalment plan this year for everything! For 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 read Payment Plan Terms before completing your purchase so you understand what you need to do.

Remember - Do. Or do not. There is no try.

No.

Why on earth would you want to do this?  What kind of state will you be in if you go to work / go to see your mum after a day of getting properly stuck in? We’d strongly recommend yourself a favour and clear the diary. All our tickets are for the entire weekend and include camping.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you try to sell them  through Viagogo, StubHub, eBay or Facebook Marketplace they will be voided. 

Never ever sell or buy your ticket unofficially. 

You must register guest names at the point of purchase. If your plans change you can however change the names on the tickets later.

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

Underworld

The Libertines

Fat Freddy's Drop

theme

Sci-Fi / Futuristic  - for those of you in a hurry.

"You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."

For those of you who want some more verbose inspiration...

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

It's in a Garden of course.

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

Postcode: PE28 2PH.

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Google Maps: Here

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. So you can sleep all the way back!

All Big Green Coach services to Secret Garden Party are carbon neutral and you can purchase coach travel via our website.

You can add it on to your ticket purchase any time. If you show your coach ticket on arrival, you can collect your Green Traveller wristband to get free / discounted stuff.

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads…”

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 if you are very excited and can’t wait 15 minutes or so.

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 if you can.

The party is in a field so this isn’t an easy one. 

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).

You can always pop in and pick up some crisps while you are waiting for your car to recharge.

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 any time you like, but to keep everyone safe we can’t let you back in until the morning.

Boutique camping - and our new pre-pitched canvas tent offering, Tilted Towers - went on sale on 1 February 2023. Just click on Accommodation at the top of the page to view all options and make a booking.

No, but you can bring your own tent and camp with everyone else.

In the North or East public camp sites…

To clarify that point – everyone else obviously isn’t going to be in your tent.

Unfortunately not. 

Unless of course your car is actually a TaunTaun and you need to add an emergency sunroof to it to keep your friend alive in a sub-zero snowstorm. In that case it's allowed.
Make sure he has a shower afterwards.

No problem - take a look at our accommodation-specific FAQs to see whether your query is answered there. If not, just drop us a line at boutique@secretgardenparty.com or info@secretgardenparty.com

campervans and caravans

Yes, if you have a camper van pass. 

We have small-medium campervan passes (pitch size up to 6 x 6m) or large campervan passes (6 x 9m pitch). 

Please book the right sized pitch so we can fit everyone into the hangar bays. 

You can buy your campervan pass when you purchase your ticket, or go back at any time and add it on (if there are any left… Be warned that these usually sell out quickly)

Yes, you can. 

Please book a caravan pass when you purchase your festival ticket or go back and add it to your booking if you forget. 

Be careful though as these sell out quickly... You must have 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 vehicles larger than 6 x 9m as we don’t have hangar space.

Campervan and Caravan tickets are non-refundable, so if you turn up at the festival in a Star destroyer (well a vehicle bigger than 6 x 9m), we will have to send you in a parking orbit well away from site. 

We won’t be liable to refund your festival ticket, or your campervan pass, and you will need to commute in using a shuttlecraft (Dave’s Taxis likely)

It’s really boring and not what you want so make sure you book the right sized pass.

It’s a field. 

The average Maris Piper does not need hair curlers etc, so we don’t usually have power along the fence-lines.

To elucidate - we do not have electric hook ups or waste-water disposal on site, so charge up those batteries, make sure your tanks are emptied and break out the solar. 

Living off the grid!

Absolutely not. 

Only vehicles will be allowed access to the live-in vehicles campsite.

Having your tent driven over on Monday morning while you are lying in it sweating with a hangover is really boring for us, and even more boring for you. Who needs that on a Monday morning? 

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 - If you still need help understanding...

  • 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 needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few... Or the one."

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

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
  • Klaatu Barada Nikto

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.

Ummm. No. 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.)


No. Sadly, we don’t allow dogs or other pets on site any longer, 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.

  • A towel. A towel is about the most massively useful thing an Interstellar Gardener can have.
  • 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. We have a zero-tolerance policy for these this year. Anyone seen even standing near No2 will be evicted immediately.
  • 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, musicians, artists and entertainers have now closed. You can apply for stewarding roles here. Other volunteer applications will open soon...

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!