Police warning as 30,000 expected to travel to last-ever Secret Garden Party in Cambridgeshire
PUBLISHED: 12:05 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:48 17 July 2017
Thousands of festival goers are set to descend on Cambridgeshire this week to say goodbye to the Secret Garden Party.
More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the event, with organisers saying it is the last time it will be held.
The roads are expected to be particularly busy in the Huntingdon area on Thursday, July 20, with drivers advised to leave extra time for journeys.
The event takes place from July 20 until Monday, July 24. As well as congestion on the roads, local facilities, including the supermarkets and train station in Huntingdon, may also be busier than usual during this period.
Cambridgeshire police have been working closely with event organisers and the local authority to manage the event and minimise the impact it will have on the community.
Supt Laura Hunt said: “Our top priority when policing this event is safety, both of local residents and those going to the festival.
“We also want to send a clear message to those who choose to use the event as an excuse to commit crime that their behaviour will not be tolerated.
“As with previous years, we have been in regular contact with the festival organisers and the local authority to thoroughly plan our approach to policing the event. There will be extra officers on duty to ensure the festival does not impact on our ability to police the local area.”
Secret Garden Party began 15 years ago as a gathering of around 500 people.
Its website says: “Much has changed since that first Garden Party, when there was nothing else like it in the UK: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter had yet to be invented and no one knew what a boutique festival was, let alone glamping.
“Since then, with you always at the heart of it, the Garden Party has defined and redefined outdoor events in the UK, we have all done this together as a collective of truly independent outsiders.
“We have been on a long journey but I concede to the infamous phrase that all good things must come to an end and so it is, I announce today that this summer will host the last Secret Garden Party as we all know it.”