The Secret Garden Party 2013

The Secret Garden Party 2013 - around the festival site (paint fight)
Photo credit: Lawrence Wheeler

The Secret Garden Party 2013

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July 2013
Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2PH, England MAP
£195 adult weekend
Daily capacity: 32,000
Last updated: Mon 15th Jul 2013

A crazy festival party where everyone joins in and brimming with ideas and creativity that takes place at Mill Hill Field, at Huntingdon, in Cambridgeshire. This is a festival without sponsorship and offers an eclectic musical mix. The dates are confirmed as Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July 2013.

  around the festival site (Sunday 1)

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.


Faithless, Django Django, and Soulwax who will headline with The Strypes, Bastille, Big Youth, Wolf Alice, Childhood, Eliza and The Bear, Public Service Broadcasting, David Rodigan, Findlay, Mo, Roo Panes, Dan Croll, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Winston Francis, Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald, Son of Dave, Ava Leigh, The Family Rain, Ben Caplan, Deep Sea Arcade, Big Boy Bloater, Treetop Flyers, Annie Eve, The Ladykillers, Steve Hooker, Blackbombers, Eddy Temple Morris, James Lavelle, Embrace (DJ set), The Correspondents, Evil Nine, Loadstar, The Other Tribe, Serafina Steer, Clean Bandit, Sykur, Cherub, Little Comets, The Staves, John Newman, Nina Nesbitt, Sam Smith, Ruen Brothers, Janet Devlin, Saint Raymond, House Of Hats, Ben Smith Band, Shannon Wardrop, Krankbrother, Real Nice, Heavenly Jukebox, Kitch n Sync, Love Sick, Blonde Ambition, Samuel Potts, Amp+Deck, Jay Karim & Michael Palmer, Issac Ferry, and more.

For the full line-up details to-date please see here.


Once again tickets for 2013 will be sold on a tiered ticket system. A set number of tickets will be sold in each tier, gradually increasing in price.

Adult Tier 1 Tickets: £137.50 - SOLD OUT
Adult Tier 2 Tickets: £155 - SOLD OUT
Adult Tier 3 Tickets: £165 - SOLD OUT
Adult Tier 4 Tickets: £185 - SOLD OUT
Adult Tier 5 Tickets: £195
Teen Ticket (13-17 years): £130
Campervan: £60
Under 12's: £0
Family Camping Pass: £20

To buy tickets now, click here.

Deposit Scheme

The Secret Garden Party will be operating a deposit scheme, which allows the spread the payment by instalments. The deadline to pay the balance will be April 30th. Please note that deposits are non-refundable. Deposit tickets are available for a £92.50 deposit for adults, and Teen ticket deposit of £50.


This year's theme is 'Superstition'. This year the Secret Garden will be asking festival to join in with exploring their affinity to the supernatural, the inexplicable and the irrationalÂÂÂ… to indulge the tussle between the left brain's sober analysis and the right's need to conjure it's own reality. The Garden Party relies on the audience participation to rejuvenate and regenerate each year.

Grant Applications are available for artists who wish to submit their creative proposals to the Secret Garden Party 2013. Whether it is running an action camp, helping on the bars, curating a parade, rowing an art boat, building a tree house, devising a fire show, hosting a workshop, driving an art car or producing an art installationÂÂÂ…

The number one rule is any idea must facilitate participation. To ensure that this principle is upheld, Secret Garden Party gives over half of all programming money back to the gardeners, in the form of arts and expression grants.

Other activities

As well as music there's loads of activities for kids and adults alike, and this event is more of a party experience Parades, Art tents, Walkabout Theatre & Theatre workshops, Big Wheel Rides, Boat Rides, Swimming, Treasure Hunts, Bands in trees, a festival-wide train service, open mic stages and as always, participatory games of all descriptions.

The festival offers restaurants, food talks, cocktail bars, ale tents, massages, barefoot discos and twilight fire circle tales.

On site

The festival is spread out over two sides of a lake with a large main stage area, 'The Great Stage' and then smaller tent venues dotted around, like 'Where the Wild Things Are', 'The Living Room', and 'Small World' which all have artistic décor. The happenings on the main stage side are generally more dancey and louder, and the other side has a more acoustic and chilled vibe.

Kids' area

First appearing in 2010 the kids area is an entire land for young gardeners, featuring Egg Hunts, Fancy Dress, Discos, Kite Flying, Circus shows & workshops, Jewelry Making and Karaoke.

Action camps

The Action Camps are the life blood of Secret Garden Party. They are created by festival goers, for festival goers.

More information will be here when available. 

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