The Secret Garden Party 2014

The Secret Garden Party 2014 - around the festival site (paint fight)
Photo credit: Lawrence Wheeler

The Secret Garden Party 2014

Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th July 2014
Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2PH, England MAP
£175 adult weekend (+booking fee) - SOLD OUT
Daily capacity: 32,000
Last updated: Mon 23rd Jun 2014

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 24th to Sunday 27th July 2014.

  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.


Latest acts announced are Artwork, Cherub, Danny Mathews & The Rustle, Geddes, Harry Wolfman, Jasper James, Mark Wells, Pardon My French, Real Connoisseur, Sarah Frenchy, Slim Howl, Tom Grainger, Zero 7 (DJ Set),  Aartekt, Adam Shelton, Aerial, Bill Brewster, Cat Lovers, Citizen, Clancy, Denney, Dia, Dom Chung, Emerson Twin, Em Williams, Fleetmac Wood, Frank Tope, Futureboogie, The Head Gardener, Hilit Kolet, Huxley, James Vorres, Jay Karim, Johan Ten Houten, Lewis Boardman, Maribou State, Michael Palmer, Midland, Motty, No Artificial Colours, Richy Ahmed, Robert James, Sancho Panza, Shivas Regal & Mcculo, Sisterhood, Six Axle, Son of Sun, Sophie Lloyd, Steve Huerta, T.Williams, Tayo, Urulu, Waze & Odyssey, Wild Fantasy, Wolf Music.

The line-up already included Public Enemy, Hercules And Love Affair, Little Dragon, Fat Freddy's Drop, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Deap Vally, Morcheeba, Jagwar Ma, Fat White Family, Dub Pistols, Foxes, Maya Jane Coles, Sub Focus (DJ Set) + MC ID, Mo, Kwabs, Rosie Lowe, Wolf Alice, Years And Years, Gorgon City, Denai Moore, Bipolar Sunshine, The Amazing Snakeheads, Kyla La Grange, Le Galaxie, Teleman, Superfood, Matrix And Futurebound, David Rodigan, Tunng, Submotion Orchestra, Gramatik, Dense & Pika, We Have Band, Kate Boy, Telegram, Kimberly Anne, Ezra Vine, Happyness, Movie, As Elephants Are, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Sebastien Leger, Brushy One String, The Struts, The Fontanas, Carnival Collective, Malphino, Future Dub Orchestra, Pachango, Eddy Temple Morris, Dub Heart, Mojo Filter, Swell, The Fragile Souls, All About Tobe, onlyjoe, Danny And The Swampmen, 7suns, Scarlett, Trojan Vinyl Explosion , Emily And The Woods, and many more.

To see who has been announced so far, see The Secret Garden Party line-up page.


Once again tickets have sold out. A set number of tickets will be sold in each tier, gradually increasing in price. The early bird offer has ended. Tickets are priced at £175 for an adult weekend ticket or £130 for a teen ticket. Children aged 12 years and under can attend free but still need a ticket. Deposit tickets are available priced at £87.50, and instalment tickets are priced at £50. Payments will automatically be taken the 7th day of February (£45), March (£40) and April (£40) 2014. A campervan pass is priced at £30 and a dog pass is free but limited in numbers. Prices do not include booking fees.


This year's theme has been announced as "Goodbye Yellowbrick Road". 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 2014. 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 installation.

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.

This year the Village Hall offers festival goers the chance to get married, be a model in a fashion show, get arrested, learn some street-Morris dancing, watch a real dog show, become a life-model, learn to knit in the nude, practice speed mediation and get their karma cleansed by the notorious Captain Lavender.

This year SGP is asking festival goers to travel by art bike, or fancy dress costume with a 30-mile cycle with their not-the-Tour de France – Yellowbric Artbike Rally. All proceeds will go to the educational charity Yellobric, who will also be cycling from London to the start of the rally to raise awareness.

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.

Alcohol policy

As an independent festival, bar sales keep the event alive so organisers limit the amount of alcohol you can bring. You may bring the following on first entry only... 

EITHER: 12 cans beer / lager / cider per person 

OR: 6 cans + 1 bottle of wine per person (decanted into plastic bottle).

More information will be here when available. 

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