Music sets are performed on a pagoda in the centre of a lake, you can camp in nomadic yurts instead of tents, and there’s a wide programme of theatre, games and activities.

Why: Running since 2004, The Secret Garden Party describes itself as a “temporary community that is as free, irreverent, friendly and engaging as it is possible to be.” In other words, it’s four days of unleashing your quirkiest side – dancing, dressing up, stripping off, whatever you fancy.

Do it because: It would take you weeks to make your way around all of the activity tents, but don’t miss the Gypsy Disco, a wild performance space featuring fire-breathers and exotic dancers, circus performers and jugglers. Not an everyday treat.  

July 25-28
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