Early bird tickets have gone on sale for next year's The Secret Garden Party which happens from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd July 2017 at Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton, in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
There are no acts confirmed yet for 2017, and the theme has not yet been announced.
Set in a 220 acre landscaped garden, bordering a river and lake, The Secret Garden is a garden-party-gone-crazy. As well as music there's loads of activities for kids and adults alike, and it is more of a party experience. The festival has been granted a permanent licence with a capacity of up to 32,000 for each of the four days.
As well as 15 live music stages & 6 DJ stages Gardeners can expect paint fights, floating dance floors, 24-hour woodland parties, boating lake & bathing, sanctuary & hot tubs, massage area, live theatre & comedy, exotic life drawing, the get high high jump, organic food stalls, the forum, camp fire tales from the outer limits, mud wrestling, dance-offs, kids’ area, fine dining, little gay brother bar, and science meets fiction.
Tickets sell out each year and expect this year to be no exception. Tickets are priced at £170 (plus fully refundable £10 litter bond). A teen ticket is priced at £130, children aged under 12 years can attend for free, a campervan pass is priced at £65, a carparking pass £20, and dog passes (limited numbers) are also available. Prices do not include booking fees.
To improve and motivate the litter clear-up each and every ticket for the party this year will have £10 automatically added (excluding under 12’s). Everyone will be given a Litter Bond in addition to the normal festival wristband, plus TWO bin bags. The £10 will be redeemed when gardeners hand in their full bin bags, which can be given to members of the litter crew in the campsite hubs.
Summing up this year's event, organiser Fred Fellowes commented, "Last weekend’s Secret Garden Party was to me an exceptional and emotional one in several ways. After the worst rain on record in 2016, the weather managed to behave itself, we spearheaded the introduction of drug testing in the UK through the 'Loop' initiative, we addressed the issue of sexual assaults at events and we had a significant reduction in crime on site.
"One of the many highlights was an on stage proposal of marriage from Jenna to Danny, who both work on our photographic teams. Not to mention the proposal the night before during Submotion Orchestra. Massive congratulations to them both. Others included one of the most amazing displays of flying I have ever seen from Mark Jeffries and a Saturday spectacular that will be hard to top..."
"I'd also like to use this opportunity to thank the sterling efforts of our on-site teams, crew and police for all their hard work, and all the artists who took part. Most importantly everyone who attended; you came together in the true spirit of the Garden, created one hell of a party and all in all were perfect guests. We look forward to seeing you all again next time."
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