UK Wellness Festivals To Book Now For 2024
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UK Wellness Festivals To Book Now For 2024

Check out the UK festivals putting wellness on the main stage

Looking for a festival without the hangover? Check out all the magnificent UK wellness festivals taking place in 2024. From lakeside yoga retreats to adrenaline-fuelled fitness events, these festivals are all about nurturing mind and body.

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UK Wellness Festivals To Book Now For 2024

Balance Festival

Balance Festival

Work out with global fitness experts, learn from top wellness gurus and sample some of the hottest health foods of the moment at Balance Festival, which will hopefully return to The Old Truman Brewery in London in spring. As well as classes from London’s top fitness studios (Barry’s, Boomcycle, and KXU), expect a meditation dome, a market and start-up village to see the latest venues in the wellness sector.

Details: Balance Festival usually takes place in May at The Old Truman Brewery, London. 2024 dates TBC. balance-festival.com

The Big Retreat Festival

Taking place in Lawrenny Castle Estate in the UK’s only coastal national park, The Big Retreat Festival is billed as ‘an adventure for all five senses’, combining music, books, storytelling and wellness. (On music, Sunbirds, The Feeling and Lucy Spraggan are all confirmed for 2024.) Fitness is a big part of the event, too, with the Energy Field hosting a range of classes including circuit training, pilates, dance and assault courses, alongside mindset talks and nutrition workshops. Afterwards, replenish in the Soul Space, a sanctuary complete with wood-fired hot tubs, wild swimming and gong baths. You can also listen to inspiring speakers in the Talk Tent, a collaboration with the global Shelf Help Community, which is dedicated to supporting personal development.

Details: 24–27 May 2024 at Lawrenny Castle Estate (The Old Castle Site, Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, Wales SA68 0PW). thebigretreatfestival.com

Wellnergy Festival

Drawing together five pillars – mindfulness, fitness, food, music and laughter – Wellnergy is a London-based day festival packed with fitness activities, learning sessions, and delicious and healthy food. Speakers including Grace Beverley, Dilly Carter, Dr Alex George, Alice Liveing, Maude Hirst and Laura Hof were all present in 2024, with music curated by the Gardens of Babylon collective with internationally renowned electronic music artists Magit Cacoon and Patrice Baumel. 2024 promises to be even bigger and better, with over 75 speakers spread across a beautiful site.

Details: 15 June 2024 at Queen Elizabeth Walk, London SW13 9SA. wellnergy.co.uk

Love Trails

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Love Trails Festival

Explore some of the UK’s most beautiful coastal sights, tidal islands and ancient woodland at Love Trails, the world’s first running and music festival. Taking place on the spectacular Gower Peninsula in South Wales, there are a number of organised runs taking place, ranging from trail runs to mindfulness runs, with plenty for beginners to get stuck into. If you’re not big into running, there are plenty of other fitness activities to get stuck into, including wild swimming, orienteering, paragliding, rock climbing, surfing and sunrise yoga. Talks, debates and live interviews also take place throughout the weekend from the likes of Sophie Power, Cameron James, Billy Yang and Hillary Allen.

Details: 11–14 July 2024 at the Gower Peninsula, South Wales. lovetrails.com

guests lounging by the lakeside at ALSO festival

ALSO

Taking place in the lakeside setting of Warwickshire’s Park Farm, ALSO is centred around reconnecting humans with nature. Spanning the likes of mindful thinking, climate change and mental health, guests can anticipate wellness activities, forward-thinking discussions, workshops, art and theatre, with a number of theorists, authors and comedians hosting talks around topics such as parenthood and our relationship with technology. Incredible speakers and performers take to the stage every year (2024 details TBC), while the 50-acre landscaped grounds also offer space for outdoor activities like forest bathing and wild swimming. Plus, family style dining events encourage festival-goers to meet new people, get inspired, and tuck into delicious food.

Details: 12–14 July 2024 at Park Farm, Warwickshire. also-festival.com

Love Fit

LoveFit

Fancy the best of both worlds? Head to LoveFit, a festival that fuses fitness with classic music festival vibes. By day you can take part in everything from spinning to boxing to paddle boarding, but by night it’s all about music, DJs and late-night partying. The line-up typically sees some of London’s hottest fitness studios in residence, including Kobox, F45 and Fierce Grace, alongside an abundance of good, healthy food to fuel the weekend. The ultimate detox-retox.

Details: 12–14 July 2024 at St Clere Estate, Kent. lovefitfestival.com

tents in a walled garden

Summer Camp By The Good Life Society

Over in the glorious, unusual and historic setting of the Hawarden Estate against the backdrop of two castles, The Good Life Society will return with their Summer Camp in 2024, a series of three micro festivals set in the estate’s Walled Garden. Stepping back from larger-scale events following the pandemic, micro really does mean micro: there is a limited number of guests at each weekend, creating an intimate and personal atmosphere bolstered by guided foraging walks, wild swimming and self-improvement workshops. New for 2024 is a special families weekend (26–29 July) sandwiched between weekends ‘for all’, featuring special craft activities, children’s open water swimming, a compost club, and free ice cream all weekend. All weekends host great speakers, delicious food and fun activities.

Details: 19–22 July, 26–29 July and 2–5 August 2024 at the Hawarden Estate (Deeside, Wales CH5 3PB). thegoodlifesociety.co.uk

Wilderness

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Wilderness Festival

Set in the idyllic Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire, Wilderness Festival is hailed as one of the UK’s top weekend wellness festivals. While it holds many of the aspects of a traditional music festival (including a stellar line-up), guests can also take part in activities like wild swimming, fireside cooking sessions and mindfulness classes. Think yoga brunch clubs, foraging workshops, supper clubs and live theatre shows, alongside relaxation time at The Sanctuary & Lakeside Spa, complete with outdoor hot tubs.

Details: 1–4 August 2024 at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire. wildernessfestival.com

Green Man 2018

Green Man

Ultra-zen hideout-come-retreat, Green Man Festival is a haven for nature lovers, explorers and health enthusiasts alike. Not only does it offer your usual yoga and pilates, they have a dedicated Nature Nurture garden, a quiet corner tucked away in the Welsh countryside complete with gong baths, restorative hot tubs and Indian summer massages.

Details: 15–18 August 2024 in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. This one is sold out for 2024, so keep your eyes peeled for 2025 on sale dates. greenman.net

Soul Circus

Soul Circus

Yoga and wellbeing festival Soul Circus has soared in popularity since launching in 2017. Held at the picturesque Cotswolds hills of Elmore near Gloucester, festival goers can try an array of different types of yoga, from aerial to restorative, as well as other exercise classes such as barre and boxing. You can also enjoy a wide selection of locally sourced, healthy food, live music and DJs, attend one of the many workshops on offer, or simply chill out in a lakeside hot tub. The gardens and woodlands make a beautiful backdrop for the festival’s many light shows and parties, which run late into the night.

Details: 15–18 August 2024 in Elmore, Gloucestershire. soulcircus.yoga

VERVE

VERVE

Ever worked out in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Here’s your chance: VERVE festival, set in the beautiful Cranborne Chase. Activities on offer include sound baths, yoga classes, storytelling and farm runs, alongside talks on topics related to physical and mental health, such as sober curiosity and fertility. Guests can also explore the non-alcoholic bar, try a CBD IV drip, and meet like-minded friends at evening supper clubs. VERVE is also taking steps to conserve the natural beauty of the earth: it’s one of the UK’s first zero-waste festivals, and there’s no plastic on site.

Details: 21–22 September 2024 Cranborne Chase (Salisbury SP3 6PA). feeltheverve.com