11 Things That Prove Secret Garden Party Is More Than Your Average Music Festival

It sometimes feels like the Secret Garden Party could do with a bit of a rebrand. After all, now everyone knows its precise location (it’s in Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire by the way), any level of mystery has mostly gone anyway.

However, with the now hugely-popular festival kicking off today, following the theme ‘Gardener’s Guide To The Galaxy’ and boasting a lineup that includes DJ Shadow, Shura, Dua Lipa and Swim Deep, there are actually loads of things that set Secret Garden Party apart from your average weekend of beers and bands.

Let us explain.

Whatever you do, bring a plain white T shirt for the annual Paint Fight (NB: not as violent as it sounds) –


The Games Arena

Football was not invented to be played inside a giant inflatable ball. But knowing this, you will still attempt it and other ridiculous activities in the mighty Games Arena. Fun Fact: Zorbing is one of the few sports where drinking has no bearing on your ability to succeed. Apart from darts.

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The Collosillyum

The best bungee fun always goes on at the poe-faced Collosillyum. It really is very silly.

The Barbie Booth

Get dolled up and strike a pose. Think of the likes.

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The Circus Fun

The Kids’ Area is just as fun if you’re a 20 something after a couple of cans of lager. That is if you like the circus.

Mud Wrestling

It doesn’t look likely this time around, but in the event of ‘weather’, be prepared for mass mud-fights to break out anywhere, any time.

The Lake

You’ll know to nurture your hangover and find some peace and quiet down by the lake. When you’re not taking boat trips, you’ll be diving in. Clothes optional.

The Food

Not a Pot Noodle in sight! Breakfast at Secret Garden Party is eggs Florentine and a Bloody Mary from the Douglas Adams-inspired Milliways Restaurant. Be prepared for wood-fired pizzas too. It’s posh nosh all the way.

Pimp My Garden

You’ll sleep like a monarch in one of the boutique suites they’ve got available. You can even request Egyptian cotton sheets. That’s fancier than your real house.

Little Gay Brother

You’ll know that the most fun happens at what is often described as “The Queer Planet”. Expect dancing and loss of clothing from Little Gay Brother, who also put on popular club nights in Dalston.

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The Living Room

Expect to hear stars of the future in the acoustic haven that is The Living Room, which helped kickstart the careers of Mumford and Sons, Ed Sheeran and Ben Howard among others.