Booked tickets for a wellness festival and wondering if it’s still taking place? Check out our regularly updated guide for all the latest news on UK wellness festivals 2020. From lakeside yoga retreats to adrenaline-fuelled fitness events, these festivals are all about nurturing mind and body.
Set in the idyllic Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire, Wilderness Festival is hailed as one of the UK’s top weekend wellness retreats. While it holds many of the aspects of a traditional music festival including a stellar line-up – this year’s includes Foals, Kelis and Loyle Carner – 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.
Where? Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
When? 30 July – 2 August
Tickets from £165. wildernessfestival.com
CANCELLED: Sweatlife Festival
Lululemon’s largest-scale community event in Europe, Sweatlife returns to Tobacco Dock this June to celebrate its fifth anniversary. Over 5,000 visitors are expected to attend the two-day festival, which coincides with the International Day of Yoga. This year’s line-up is yet to be announced, but guests can expect 48 hours of sweating and stretching alongside inspiring panels and talks.
Where? Tobacco Dock, London
When? 20 – 21 June
Tickets from £35pp. lululemon.co.uk
Experience the joys of going offline at UNPLUGGED, a new phone-free festival launching in London this June. Upon arrival, all attendees will lock their phones away in a sealable pouch, offering a chance to disconnect from the constant buzz of technology. The overarching theme of the day will be personal relationships – which many of us tend to neglect when we spend hours on our phones. Themes such as friendships, creativity and dating will be explored through a series of hands-on workshops, panel discussions, community groups and connection ‘hubs’ – and with no phones for distraction, you might even make some new pals.
Where? Re:Centre, Hammersmith, London
When? 28 June
Stay tuned for ticket prices and booking information
Explore some of the UK’s most beautiful coastal sights, tidal islands and ancient woodland at Love Trails, a festival which combines running, music and adventure. 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 to pub crawl runs. But 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 Hannah Phillips, Sarah Thomas and John Kelly.
Where? Gower Peninsula, South Wales
When: 2 – 5 July
Tickets from £139. lovetrails.com
CANCELLED: Women’s Health Live
Experience Kayla Itinses’ famous signature sweat, work out with Dame Kelly Holmes, listen to Katie Piper’s story and much more at Women’s Health Live: a three-day wellness extravaganza taking place in London this April. Visitors can expect a number of different experiences, from panel discussions with leading health experts to fitness classes to talks on all things beauty. With over 50 stands showcasing everything from activewear to skincare products, you can enjoy a bit of retail therapy too.
Where? Business Design Centre, Islington, London
When? 3 – 5 April
Tickets from £20. hearstlive.co.uk
POSTPONED: 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, returning to The Old Truman Brewery this April. Top London fitness studios including KXU, Barry’s Bootcamp and F45 will be offering classes, alongside live cooking demonstrations, talks, meditation sessions and more.
Where? Shoreditch, London
When? 2 – 4 October
Tickets from £27.50. balance-festival.com
Taking place in the lakeside setting of Warwickshire’s Park Farm, Also Festival is all about reconnecting humans with nature. The ‘Out Of The Woods’ theme stretches across 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. The 50-acre landscaped grounds also offer space for outdoor activities like forest bathing and wild swimming, while family-style dining events encourage festival-goers to meet new people and get inspired.
Where? Park Farm, Warwickshire
When? 3 – 5 July
Weekend tickets from £120. also-festival.com
Yoga and wellbeing festival Soul Circus has soared in popularity since launching in 2017. Held at the picturesque Cotswold 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.
Where? Elmore, Gloucestershire
When? 21 – 23 August
Tickets from £175. soulcircus.yoga
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 is yet to be announced, but last year saw 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.
Where? St Clere Estate, Kent
When? 17 – 19 July
Tickets from £124. lovefitfestival.com
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.
Where? Brecon Beacons, Wales
When? 20 – 23 August
Tickets from £195. greenman.net
Mind Body Spirit
Founded in 1977, Mind Body Spirit Festival was the first exhibition in the world dedicated to the pursuit of healthier and more fulfilling lifestyles. This year they’re bringing life tips, tools and inspiration to Birmingham NEC in October. Expect a whole host of motivational speakers, health food brands and holistic retreat exhibitors, plus a range of experiences to try including wellbeing studios, spas and pop-up temples.
Where? Birmingham National Exhibition Centre
When? 30 October – 1 November
Tickets from £8. mindbodyspirit.co.uk
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.
Where? South Wiltshire
When? 4 – 6 September
Tickets from £45.87, kids go free. feeltheverve.com
In Your Element
It’s been used as a setting for programmes including The Crown and Young Victoria, but this July Belvoir Castle will be playing host to something slightly different: a brand-new wellness festival. Launching this July, In Your Element is based around the theme of the four elements – fire, earth, air and water – with a programme centred around the mind, body and spirit. One of the UK’s finest regency castles set across 16,000 acres of valleys, lakes and parklands, Belvoir Castle will be utilised to great effect throughout the weekend, playing host to everything from forest bathing outdoors to yoga in the Guard’s Room to cooking classes in the castle’s original kitchen.
Where? Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire
When? 4 – 5 July
Day tickets from £80, weekend tickets from £150. inyourelementfestival.com