A Garden Party in the English Countryside

by Angelique Platas

Jul 15, 2016

Secret Garden Party, United Kingdom © Angel Ganev | Flickr

Trends / Unique Itineraries & Tours

The Secret Garden Party is a creative and unique music festival held each summer in the sprawling countryside of Abbots Ripton, England. The Secret Garden Party, or SGP as the English call it, is on a gorgeous stretch of farm near Cambridge that hosts up to 30,000 guests, or “gardeners” each year.


The entire festival is fueled by the support of the gardeners. Their participation in the festival’s theme and creative expression throughout the event is what makes the festival a truly fun and unique community experience.



This year’s theme is “The Gardeners Guide to the Galaxy,” so gardeners have a futuristic mission for planning their costumes accordingly.


Being held in the English countryside, the event can get damp, so campers should expect rain at some point during the party.


Headlining the event this year is Caribou, Air and Maribou State with a slew of musicians, DJs and much more. Beyond the musical talent present at the event, there is always creative expression and spontaneous activities brewing. Many of the gardeners will populate the “action camps” where parties and much more take place.


A photo posted by @thesecretgardenparty on


There are hot tubs, saunas, bars and a new restaurant, Millway’s, curated by head chef Chris Gillard on site. There will also be a variety of accommodations available for campers, from vintage showman caravans to teepees.


The itinerary of the event is free form so guests tend to make their own fun as they go.



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