This year’s best wellness festivals

Posted by Liz Earle Beauty Co. July 16, 2018 | 4 min read

Festival season is well under way, but it doesn’t need to be all glitter and mosh pits, these new wellness-themed gatherings put nurturing body and soul on the main stage.


20th-22nd July, Kent

Round up the country’s best trainers and fitness influencers and deliver them in one neat parcel into the lush Kent countryside and you’ve got LoveFit. If working out is your natural high you’ll be among friends with ‘sets’ from Fierce Grace yoga and Farm Fitness, or try the adrenaline-fuelled adventure programme which features paddle boarding and a woodland obstacle course. Main stage appearances include star trainer Esmee Gummer and Fitness World Champ Shaun Stafford, while Body Burger and Vits & Kicks (among others) take care of catering.

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2nd-5th August, Oxfordshire

Music is the main draw for Wilderness-goers, but these folks are similarly discerning about their wellness. There’s a bucolic lakeside spa with Scandi-style hot tubs and The Sanctuary plays host to a diverse range of yoga classes. Or pack your lycra and work up a sweat with sessions from Bodyism, Frame and Michael James Wong’s Boys of Yoga (not to be confused with our very own Ethnobotanist, James Wong). Afterwards refuel with a delicious feast from leading chefs including Yotam Ottolenghi and Angela Hartnett.

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10th-12th August, Hampshire

In only its 2nd year, this retreat-cum-festival set in the grounds of a Grade II Listed Edwardian country house in the South Downs combines an impressive line-up of yoga, pilates and meditation with an eclectic music offering and a mouthwatering menu of indie food stalls (think Bangra Bus, Devil’s Pantry and The Raw Food Dude). There’s also an outdoor spa in the woods offering massage, reflexology and more. We’re sold.

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17th-19th August, The Cotswolds
To nourish both body and soul this summer you’d be hard pushed to beat SoulCircus’ offering. There’s the idyllic Cotswolds locale – check. A smattering of the country's hottest fitness facilitators and yoga teachers – check. Add in dynamic dance classes, a smorgasbord of nourishing food options, and treatments to ease work-out weary muscles and you’re pretty much sorted. There’s also glamping by Tee & Toast so there’s no need to slum it.

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Festival No.6

6th-9th September, North Wales
Could there be a more Instagramable festival backdrop than the candy-coloured Italiante village of Portmeirion on the Welsh coast? We doubt it. This is where you’ll find the Festival No.6 main stage, but it’s in the surrounding estuary and woodlands that revellers are invited to sweat off the previous night’s excesses with a range of health and wellbeing activities including a guided run around Gwyllt woodlands, paddle boarding in the River Dwyryd Estuary and sessions in the wood-fired hot tub. Clem Balfour also brings her famous Yoga Brunch to town on the Friday.

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15th September, London
Wanderlust’s tagline is ‘Find your true north’ and if that’s a one-day ‘mindful triathlon’ festival in Battersea Park, well you’re in luck. This year’s London event in partnership with Adidas combines a 5k morning run, 75-minute yoga class (by our very own Ambassador and yogi supreme, Julie Montagu) and finishes with a 25 minute mindful meditation. There’s also aerial and acro yoga, walking meditation and the Kula market for artisan food and shopping. A proportion of ticket sales goes to the HIV/AIDS charity (RED) too.

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Already got tickets?
Fear not, most of the major music festivals offer a side order of health and fitness these days. From Green Man’s Nature Nurture zone nestled in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, to Bestival’s Big Beat 5k run at Lulworth in Dorset, there’s plenty to keep active bodies occupied.