Date and Timings
The third Secret Festival will take place on the weekend of 2nd – 4th September 2016. The festival will open at 4pm on Friday 2nd September to allow Friday campers entry. The bar will be open and food will be available but entertainment will be low key and the main stage will not be in action.
Non-Friday campers can enter the festival from 9am on Saturday 3rd September. The music will start at around 2pm and end at around 11pm. These are provisional times and may change as plans develop. There will be other activities prior to the music starting so get there as early as you can!
The festival site will close at 1pm on Sunday 4th September so we ask everyone to plan to leave prior to that.
The location is the lovely Lotherton Hall in Aberford, near Leeds. The postcode is LS25 3EB.
Lotherton Hall is a country house and grounds, managed by Leeds City Council. It has a café, a bird garden, an orchard, a deer park and woodland trails. The festival uses fields to the South East of the Hall.
Tickets are now on sale at www.universe.com/the-secret-festival.
There are a few types of tickets so please read the following carefully to ensure you have everything you need:
Standard Festival Ticket
£50 + £3.50 booking fee.
This is a standard adult ticket (aged 13 and over) for the Saturday and includes camping on Saturday night.
Child Festival Ticket
£20 + £2 booking fee.
This is a child ticket (aged 12 and under) for the Saturday and includes camping on the Saturday night. Children aged 12 and under do not need a separate ticket for camping on Friday night.
Friday Camping Ticket
£10 + £1 booking fee.
This allows you entry on Friday night for campers and those who are staying off site but who want to come and join in with the Friday night fun. Children aged 12 and under do not need a Friday camping ticket in order to attend on Friday. Please note that this ticket must be accompanied by a Standard Festival Ticket to be valid.
Food and Drink
You are welcome to bring your own food and drink but we ask that this is a reasonable amount for your own personal consumption. We provide a fully stocked bar and food concessions, both of which help us to keep the ticket prices down, so please do consider using these. The bar will include the extremely popular Secret Swig ale again. We’ll order more in 2016 though since it sold out pretty quickly!
The food concessions will include options for vegetarians and vegans and those with gluten intolerances. Some items do sell out though so if you do have a specific dietary requirement it is recommended that you bring some food items in case they are needed.
Breakfast and hot drinks will be available each morning.
Drinking water will be available in a few locations around the site.
Campervans and Caravans
We welcome both campervans and caravans. Please follow the instructions of stewards on arrival and park where you are asked to. This ensures that we maintain emergency routes. Please note that all towing vehicles must be unhitched and parked in the car park once the caravan is in place.
The last two festivals have been particularly special because of how involved everyone gets. This isn’t the sort of party you come along to and watch what has been arranged for you. We want everyone to be a big a part of what goes on. This includes helping to set it up before we open the doors, organising activities for the band and other festival goers and then joining in with the big clear up at the end.
We really encourage everyone to join the Secret Festival Facebook group to meet other festival goers, ask questions and find out some information. The instructions on how to do this are written on the ticket so as soon as you have that, come and join in. A lot of people will have been to the previous two festivals so will be able to answer most questions you may have.
One of the ways we can keep the ticket price at a reasonable price is by asking those responsible for the litter to be responsible for removing it. This means all festival goers. We will provide lots of bin bags and disposable gloves throughout the day plus skips for full bags to be dropped into. We ask that everyone uses a bag throughout the day and also takes part in the clean up just after the stage finishes. This has taken less than 30 minutes in the last two years and we have been very proud of the effort that everyone has made.
We also ask that you take a bag of rubbish home with you at the end of the festival to help us keep the cost of the skips down.
Things you can’t do!
Please don’t bring any glass. Decant into plastic bottles in advance. The fields that we use are playing fields the rest of the year and we want to make sure we don’t leave any broken glass behind which may hurt a child.
We will be lighting a bonfire as it get dark. We spend time digging out the ground and preparing the area for this so that we can replace the turf afterwards. Fire marshalls will supervise this fire for the entire duration that it is lit. This is therefore the only fire that is permitted at the festival. Please do not light any personal campfires. You may use a gas stove but no BBQs. We must leave the grass in as good a state as we arrived.
No dogs, rabbits, gnus or alpacas. No other animals either!