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Secret Garden Party unveils wellness & family fest

The team behind the UK’s Secret Garden Party (SGP) are premiering a new seven-day wellness and family camping festival.

Wild Meadows will debut from 5-11 August at the SGP site in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. As well as music, Wild Meadows will feature a programme of activities including crafting, woodland skills, and games, while the Herb Garden Wellness experience will offer sound healing, yoga, breath work, meditation and workshops.

Weekend and day tickets are also available alongside full week passes.

It is the second event to be announced by SGP in 2024 so far, with the flagship festival due to return from 25-28 July. An invite-only gathering, Mistress Mary, is also in the works for September.

“We are excited to welcome old and new Gardeners alike to rediscover our beautiful site with fresh eyes, their families and their friends”

“We are excited to welcome old and new Gardeners alike to rediscover our beautiful site with fresh eyes, their families and their friends, in a wholesome camping adventure sprinkled with Secret Garden Party magic,” says SGP founder Fred Fellowes.

The launch of Wild Meadows continues a notable shift towards health-focused events within the UK business, with festivals such as Oxfordshire’s Wilderness providing wellness and lakeside spa experiences.

SGP revealed earlier this month, meanwhile, that it is foregoing big-name headliners for 2024 in favour of nurturing grassroots acts after signing up to independent collective Chai Wallahs’ Drop a Headliner campaign. It is also replacing its main stage with several smaller, more intimate venues.

The lineup for Secret Garden Party: Roots features more than 350 artists including Unkle, Crystal Fighters, Chinchilla, Franky Wah, Carly Wilford, Adelphi Music Factory, Jakkob, Omega Nebula, Technobrass and TC & The Groove.

 


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ID&T swaps dance music for camping holidays

Dutch dance music giant ID&T, known for festivals such as Mysteryland, Defqon.1 Weekend Festival, Amsterdam Open Air and Welcome to the Future, is trying its hand at organising camping holidays, as festivals in the Netherlands remain banned until 1 September.

‘Tijdloos’, which means ‘timeless’ in English, is a socially distanced camping experience taking place from 10 July to 17 August at the Emerstrand campsite in the Dutch province of Drenthe.

ID&T will organise various activities for holidaymakers in the campsite’s 50-acre grounds, including water sports, outdoor activities, interactive art installations, musical performances and lectures.



In accordance with guidelines set by the Dutch Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM), guests from different households will maintain a distance of 1.5 metres.

“Tijdloos is something completely different than the festivals we usually organise”

“In times of crisis, you get inspired to think ‘out of the box’ and that’s how Tijdloos was born: the most extraordinary summer destination of 2020,” comments Tijdloos creative director Carina Kornfeind.

“Tijdloos is something completely different than the festivals we usually organise. It is an intimate and free-spirited playground for all ages to enjoy life unconditionally together with their loved ones.

“Since there is a limited capacity, we expect that the demand will exceed the supply.”

Guests can book glamping accommodation or bring their own tents. Overnight stays for camping Tijdloos can be booked here, at a rate of €29 per night per person during the week and €39 at the weekend. Children stay at a reduced rate.

Organisers urge guests to follow the advice of their local government on traveling abroad before booking a spot at camping Tijdloos.

 


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