Honing in on the people’s passion for wellness, festivals have taken a less muddy, more mindful turn in recent years. Curated to fuel pleasure seekers’ appetite for music, food, fitness, culture, comedy and wellness, these are the festivals to book for healthy hedonism this summer.
The multi-arts celebration that is Wilderness brings together music, comedy, poetry, art, talks, feasting and wellness to Cornbury Park for a culture-crammed weekend the whole family will love. The main stage invites The Chemical Brothers, Fat Boy Slim, The Sugarbabes and Pip Millett to its stellar line-up. Podcast fans of ‘How To Fail’ can see journalist Elizabeth Day in the flesh, hosting a panel discussion. Renowned for its Feasting Banquets, Wilderness welcomes Social Pantry’s Sarah Turner amongst a roster of leaders in the global food scene for a dining experience that rivals ordinary festival grub! Bigger and better than ever, The Sanctuary returns with an abundance of world-class wellness in the wild to immerse in, from forest bathing, wild swimming, SUP yoga, aerial yoga, wild runs, wild medicine walks, sound healing and a mandatory trip to The Lakeside Spa is necessary.
3rd-6th August • Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
The Big Retreat
Geared towards feel-good experiences, The Big Retreat will fire up all five senses with over 300 carefully curated events, classes, workshops and talks. Plunging you into the unspoiled nature of Western Wales, the 4-days are filled with live music, wild swimming, cookery demos, yoga, fitness, wellbeing workshops, bushcraft, foraging, arts and crafts and mixology workshops! Raw, vegan stalls meet wood-fired pizzas and best-in-field burgers to munch on over the weekend, keeping everyone satisfied.
1st-4th June • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales
Taking the center stage at the swanky Six Senses Ibiza, ALMA takes a plushy approach to festival-ing in style. In the hope to transport you to higher frequencies, ALMA’s energy-elating lineup celebrates music, art, sustainable fashion, wellness and spirituality on the island of Ibiza, better known for its laid-back hippy luxe scene nowadays. The days involve a series of workshops, talks and panels discussing sustainability, longevity, and wellness by leading luminaries in the field of health, followed by meditations, human connection workshops, art and music. Ruminating the majestic Ibizan nature, ALMA celebrates the local arts and wellness communities, integrating the island’s magical touch into the 3-days festival.
2nd-5th Nov • Six Senses, Cala Xarraca, Ibiza
SpaFest at CarFest
Created by Chris Evans, CarFest is the honeypot that has a little bit of everything go, from the fastest cars, performances from some of the UK’s best artists, bands and DJ’s, plus TV, theatre, music and sports legend appearance. Commonly, motorheads descend to Carfest, but the reason it’s earned a place in this round-up is its newer field, SpaFest. In its separate entity, SpaFest hosts wellness advocates and gurus, including Dr Rangan Chatterjee, to impart their expert knowledge on all aspects of physical, mental and spiritual health. The healing and wellbeing spaces houses fitness classes, mindfulness workshops, a No-Lo bar, ice bathing and the Soul Stretch spa to provide rejuvenating interludes to the CarFest bustle.
25th-27th August • Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire
The leading industry wellness festival is back at the Old Truman Brewery bringing London’s boutique fitness studios, activewear brands, clean beauty, cult healthy food vendors and health experts under one roof. Expect to see the most popular faces in the world of wellness on stage delving into inspiring topics and conversations as you wander around the unique expo, and be sure to book a class with your favourite fitness studio, pick from Kobox, Barrecore, Jab Boxing and much more! A highlight will be discovering the newest wellbeing brands that will be showcasing the latest products to have on your radar.
19th-21st May • Old Truman Brewery, East London
Rediscover human connection, contemplate important global issues and celebrate human potential at Harvest Kaplankaya, a newfound festival experience rooted in wellbeing. Over the four days, there will be fascinating talks, hands-on workshops, nourishing gastronomy, moving performances and spirited music to awaken the mind and body. Playing host to the festival is the 5-star Six Senses Kaplankaya hotel in Turkey, swapping tents for luxury suites and all the facilities you can dream of at your fingertips. ‘Forging Radical Hope’ is the theme that each part of the programme is pinpointed back to. In a turbulent world, this poignant message is an important one that will allow people to find their ‘why’ and seek out ways to create a brighter future.
10th-14th May • Kaplankaya, Turkey
Join the circus for the weekend and find your playful side! Soul Circus is a fusion of music, movement and food, in the rolling fields of the Cotswolds. Spend the weekend flowing through invigorating yoga classes, calibrating the body through breathwork, perfect your aerial skills, getting sweaty in HIIT sessions and much more. Put on an outlandish festival fit and sprinkle on the eco-glitter for the evenings as the music drills up with electrifying DJ sets and live music acts including headliner, Groove Armada, who will take centre stage on Friday night. Retreat to the lakeside spa to indulge in a little R&R post partying in the sauna, hot tubs, plus there’s a range of treatments to book too!
17-20 August • The Cotswolds
ALSO is a cultural affair, where leading comedians, experts, young talent, authors and more come together for a stimulating festival that is in a league of its own. The festival site is set in wild forestry with nature and wellbeing at the heart of the festival. Thinking outside of the box, ALSO’s programme is brimming with talks that delve into self-development, holistic ceremonies, yoga and meditation, creative writing workshops and nature walks and more. Leave with the world of knowledge on your shoulders from this grounding weekend, rooting you back to wellbeing in its most natural form.
14-16 July • Compton Verney, Warwick
Daylesford Summer Festival
Daylesford’s organic farm in the Cotswolds is getting a makeover with tipis and fairground rides to transform into a summer festival, inviting all Daylesford fans from far and wide to celebrate its 20th anniversary over the course of 2 days. Fittingly, food and drink take centre stage at this festival, utilising the organic produce cultivated on the very same land the festival takes place on. Highlights in the itinerary include the Summer Solstice Banquet with celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna, hot air balloon rides, puppy yoga and dance psychotherapy! Daylesford is pulling all the spots out for their big birthday, live music will fill the fields as you eat your way through the phenomenal foodie fest.
17-18th June • Daylesford’s Farm, The Cotswolds
Exercise by day and party by night at Lovefit, the adventure-filled festival in a blissful forest surrounding. Striking the balance spot on, Lovefit boasts endorphin-inducing fitness, carting in studio kit set out amongst the tree-studded site, the myriad of workouts to choose from will keep you busy from dusk to dawn. Top picks include SUP paddleboard yoga, forest rides, aerial fitness and trail running to name a few. Eliciting some of the best veggie and vegan pioneers to pop-up food stands, festival goers can refuel with well-balanced dishes. Coming alive in the nighttime with live DJ sets, Lovefits hedonist side awakens, think hot tub afterparties and dancing under the stars.
14th-16th July • Heritage Pine Forest, Sevenoaks
This remote festival paradise on the Albanian Riviera, couples music and wellness on the beach of Dhërmi. Open-air stages host an eclectic mix of DJs and artists performing till the early hours of the morning on the picturesque coastline, earning its place as one of the most scenic festivals to visit. Kala weaves wellness into its lineup with gong baths, daily morning and sunset yoga sessions, rock climbing and mindfulness-guided meditation. Zone out from the festival with a short boat trip to Grama bay for a massage with the soothing sounds of the ocean echoing. Kala has teamed up with local hotels to accommodate during the festival, with three to five-star options to choose from.
31st May-7th June • Dhërmi, Albania
Built on fitness, mindfulness, laughter, nutrition and. what festival would be complete without it, Music, Wellnergy is the day festival in South-West London. The day sees leading industry professionals and health experts from all over the world parting their knowledge in talks and workshops. From martial arts to ballet yoga, Wellnergy encourages daytrippers to try a new kind of fitness with the best in their field coaching you through. Tasty street food vendors, catering for every dietary requirement are on hand to help you refuel in between workouts and workshops. Impromptu ‘flash comedy’ acts will surprise you throughout the same, ensuring everyone leaves full of laughter.
17th June • Barn Elms Sports Centre, London
Wellbeing By The Lakes
In the heart of Dorest, Wellbeing By The Lakes takes place at one of the world-famous sculpture parks with nature blooming all around. The weekend closes off summertime with a spiritually uplifting journey, filled with enriching conversations spurred by thought leaders, authors and creatives. Yoga, movement and fitness classes to suit all levels will take place over the weekend along with meditation, sound healing, forest bathing, mindful walks and creative workshops. Nourish your body with nutrient-rich food all weekend long from foodie vendors to give you a health kick. Showcasing the latest wellness brands and small businesses to have on your radar, the stalls span clean beauty, organic produce, crystals, books and more.
7th-10th September • Sculpture by the Lakes Pallington, Dorchester
Love Trails Festival
The runner’s paradise festival that is Love Trails is set in Gower Peninsula, South Wales, amidst the woodlands, cliffs and stunning beaches, making it the ideal spot for adventure seekers to revel in. The 4-day action-packed itinerary features non-competitive runs ranging from 3km to 55km, invigorating swims, sea kayaking, coasteering, rock climbing, wild guided foraging and more. At night is when the party comes alive, with three stages of live acts and headliners legendary Drum ‘n’ Bass DJ, High Contrast and Alt-pop sensation, Biig Piig thrown into the mix.
6-9th July • Gower Peninsula, Wales