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Secret Garden Party
25 July, 2013 - 28 July, 2013
Mill Hill Field, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
This independent music festival is held over a long weekend in
July or August within the grounds of a Georgian farmhouse near
Huntingdon, with landscaped gardens and a lake and river. It is on
a much smaller scale than most of the summer's offerings.
The emphasis at the Secret Garden Party is on the quirky and the eclectic, in terms of both musical performances (reggae, rock, funk, hip hop, dub, dance and more, with DJs playing from a treehouse stage), the storytelling, theatre, comedy and art installations, and the activities on offer, which include snail racing, rubber duck shooting and Space Hopper races.
Throughout the festival participation is welcomed - from creating extraordinary costumes to building art installations. Visitors are encouraged to build action camps - Action Camps can be workshops for teaching, tents and stages for talks and demonstrations, craft spaces, beautifully decorated chill out spaces, poetry corners or karaoke dens. Or you might like to create an art boat - a rowing boat that has been transformed into a work of art. The festival already has seven.
The Sanctuary offers massage, healing, dance classes, yoga, saunas and hot tubs, and camping is available in tents, campers or caravans; alternatively, pre-book 'boutique' tipis or safari tents.
Headline acts for 2013 are to be announced in due course.