Your Summer of Wellbeing Starts Here

Summer of wellbeing
Festival season is almost upon us and this summer’s lineup has plenty of wellness alongside the music. A night in a tent (not to mention festival loos) may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but a day of outdoor yoga and meditation sounds good to us


BEST FOR DANCING: Glastonbury, Somerset, June 26-30

The mother of all festivals needs no introduction, and wellness has always been a big part of the Glastonbury experience. The Healing Field is where festival goers can escape the general craziness and chill out with yoga and tai chi workshops, massage and meditation. On the music front, we’re holding out for Kylie, who this year gets the coveted Legends slot. Tickets may be hard to come by, but we’ll be watching the BBC coverage and dancing along at home (with the bonus of our own bed at the end of the night). Without doubt, one of the best things to do this summer.


BEST FOR HIPPIE VIBES: Solas Festival, Perthshire, June 21-23

From philosophy to poetry, dancing and politics, Solas has a reputation for examination. A celebration of the summer solstice, it also hosts all-night dance-offs, organic food, pop-up yoga and meditation workshops, alongside an expertly curated musical line-up. Sounds like one the best things to do this summer to us.


BEST FOR OUTDOOR PURSUITS: Lovefit, Kent, July 19-21

Billed as an adventure of fitness, wellbeing and magical forest parties (we like the sound of those), this festival on the idyllic St Clere Estate near Sevenoaks strikes the perfect balance between food, fitness and fun. Outdoor pursuits include stand-up paddleboarding on the lake, mindful hikes and morning runs, plus there are studio sessions from the likes of F45 and Another Space.


BEST FOR SWIMMING: Latitude, Suffolk, July 18-21

Musically this year you can enjoy Snow Patrol, George Ezra and Lana del Ray. For laughs look to Frank Skinner and Jason Manford, and there are a myriad of cultural happenings including Bake off’s Sandi Toksvig pondering the meaning of life. But for wellness fans, it’s all about yoga workshops and adventure swims in the lake at sunrise and sunset (chilly, yes, but magical).


BEST FOR CHILLING OUT: Camp Bestival, Dorset, July 25-28

This year’s musical line up at the glorious Lulworth Castle in Dorset is top notch, with Nile Rodgers and Chic, The Human League and Sister Sledge among the artists. For the more energetic, there’s a Camp Besti Triathlon, a Spinning Disco, breath workshops, yoga and meditation.


BEST FOR YOGA: Wanderlust, London, July 27

Unplug, unwind and recharge is the mantra of this roving wellness festival, which comes to London’s Battersea Park on July 27. Start with sunrise meditation at 7.15am, then enjoy a day of yoga, running, hula hooping, sound healing and much more.


BEST FOR LUXURY: Wilderness Festival, Oxford, August 1-4

Famous for attracting such unlikely festival goers as Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and David Cameron, this upscale festival has an impressive wellbeing lineup. From a yoga rave to barre sessions to a lakeside spa, your wellness needs are covered. Whether David Cameron will brave the Toxic Masculinity Workshop remains to be seen. We suspect he might prefer the hot tubs and Veuve Clicquot Champagne Garden. 


BEST FOR FOOD: The Big Feastival, Cotswolds, August 23-25

Not strictly a wellness festival but since great food is essential for a happy sense of wellbeing, we’re putting it on our list. Cheese man and ex Blur bassist Alex James fills his Cotswolds farm with foodie delights for all, from cookery school sessions to veg growing tips from Prince Charles’ Highgrove Estate team. The Mindful Chef is one of many food stalls on offer, alongside street food, supper clubs and pop up restaurants. Jo Whiley hosts, and music comes from Elbow, Jess Glynne and others.


BEST FOR A WELLNESS RE-SET: Verve Wellness Festival, Wiltshire, September 7-8

Ending the summer season, Verve wellness and exercise festival has a great programme of events and speakers. You can join farm runs, yoga and pilates sessions, and attend talks on everything from gut health to speaking with confidence. Plus, there take full advantage of the off grid Zest Spa. With sponsors including our favourite non alcoholic drinks brand Seedlip and Farrow and Ball paints, we suspect this will be a very civilised affair.

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