Find your own sense of Namaste this Summer with some wellness festivals you have to book.
No longer do we want burger stalls, horrid showers, camping or even glamping. Wellness is all the rage. Replace disgusting toilets with meditation, cold chips with quinoa and concerts in the cold with empowering talks. Here are our top picks of well rounded wellness festivals for the body and the mind to book in for this 2018.
Wilderness Festival has been drawing thousands of revellers to Oxfordshire. Based at Cornbury Park near Charlbury, its earned itself a reputation as one of Britain’s poshest festivals, striking a balance between relaxation in the private nature reserve and a celebration of the arts.The event features everything including artists such as Bastille, yoga and fitness from Bodyism, Frame and Off the rails Dance Studio, ostentatious dining from Ottolenghi to Petersham Nurseries, and so much more. Choose a campsite, and book your activites in advance, or go with the flow and pick when you’re there.
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The UK’s most boutique festival experience. A multi award-winning music, arts and culture festival, located in the magical coastal home of Portmeirion, Wales, with an eclectic mix of iconic and the best new artists. The main stage is a Mediterranean-inspired, Grade II-listed fantasy village, surrounded by estuary, mountains and woodlands. During the festival, the village and surrounding woodlands come alive as a unique series of surreal and inspiring venues. There are plenty of wellness activities including runs, swimming, paddle boarding and hot tubs to yoga, massages, various treatments and inspirational talks.
We are paying for 3 days of fitness. Out of choice! What happened?? But LoveFit does it the best. A festival dedicated to fitness and features classes from 1Rebel, Fierce Grace Yoga, Good Life Yoga. There are also ’boutique’ afterparties, including one in the forest on Saturday night followed by acoustic sets on Sunday to recover while indulging in meditation, hot tubs, reflexology and wild runs. Nonstop adventure and fitness from industry leaders in the daytime, and some of the freshest music the UK has to offer in the evenings, LoveFit provides a healthier alternative to relaxing. It’s for beginners and fitness freaks alike. There’ll be all the usual fare of a standard festival, (and they will be serving alcohol), balanced with fresher mornings and feel-good days. Go for an early morning run, take a mid afternoon dip in the lake, or scrap it all in and spend the day at the spa.
This is the third Soul Circus yoga and wellness festival. Taking place in the beautiful Cotswolds, and with a carefully curated collection of cool collaborators, the holistic event is destined to draw a big crowd! And they define balance here. Working with Equinox, the hottest name in luxury membership fitness in London and across the pond, the weekend will include HIIT classes focusing on a plethora of Pilates – from Fusion to Barre to Heated sessions – as well as a diverse range of group fitness classes. For the other side of balance, spend your evenings at the counter bar trying local brews, at gin tastings, dancing to DJ sets and enjoying after parties. You’ll still get the traditional festival vibe here!
Designed to help you on your way to a healthy lifestyle. The Old Truman Brewery is gearing up this year’s Balance Festival and the line up is as impressive as ever! Explore the latest fitness classes, sample delicious healthy food, learn from leading experts, browse the latest brands, and more! Headliners this year include Carly Rowena, Zanna van Dijk, Cat Meffan, Alice Living and Micheal James Wong and the likes of Boomcycle, Another Space and Barry’s Bootcamp are all expected to put you through your paces! Try out The Refuel Café with their cold-pressed juices, acai bowls, protein shakes and healthy snacks to help power you through the day ahead after a heavy sweat session!
Body & Soul
A music and arts festival in celebration of the Summer Solstice held in the wild Irish countryside on a stunning country estate. They have announced a magical musical lineup with everyone from Fever Ray to Shamir, Jon Hopkins to Chronixx performing. However, there’s also the wellness aspect to enjoy – head down to the Sanctuary to check out therapists and masseuses as well as sound healers, yoga teachers and more. The Immerse Spa Experience features luxurious seaweed baths, and Balinese steam treatments.
Ticket holders will be treated to unlimited free classes from some of London’s top studios such as Third Space, Frame and UN1T and workouts from industry experts. It offers an impressive timetable as well as talks from Deliciously Ella and Madeleine Shaw, cooking demonstrations from Dr Hazel Wallace, confidence workshops, Q&As from renowned nutritionists Rhiannon Lambert and Clare Goodwin and careers sessions hosted by Well To Do.
Making the leap from the States to the UK, London will host Restival for the first time this March. Encouraging visitors to disconnect and slow down through yoga, sound therapy, music, dance, meditation and Navajo teachings, highlights will include Creative Yoga Flow & Meditation with expert Mollie Mendoza, Scent and Sound Healing with gong master, Leo Cosendai and a wide range of other wellness and cultural experiences that include Navajo bodywork, performances, world music and workshops.
For some later summer loving, head to the UK beaches. Following the success of the first FitLiving UK festival in September 2017, FitLiving UK is back for its second year and will be held at Bournemouth’s Waterfront Site. The event kicks off with FITBIZ with seminars and socialising with leading fitness entrepreneurs, followed by FITMIX – a selection of adrenaline pumping, club sessions Ibiza style fitness classes – perfect for those who like to mix a club vibe with fitness, with special guest DJ’s announced in the coming months. The next day is FITLIVING, with a main fitness stage hosting classes ranging from Les Mills, HIIT, dance, beach yoga and boxing. Attendees will also be able take part in morning yoga, beach bootcamp, pilates and meditation in the beach area.