If standing in a field for three days, washing with wet wipes, sleeping in a tent, and smelling of cider puts you off ordinary festivals, then the good news is that there are plenty of different options out there that include none of those things.
Long gone are the days when festivals were all about gross portaloos, bad food, and muddy fields. Wellness is more popular than ever in 2017, and the good news is that the festival world has taken this on board. Plenty of festivals are now available with yoga workshops, healthy food, and artists.
Soul Circus, Cotswolds 18th-20th August
A festival which covers every fitness buzzword, Soul Circus is based in Gloucester, and is in its second year. All food is sourced responsibly and locally where possible, and stalls will be available which sell accessories and upcycled clothing. Workshops featuring new trends such as aerial yoga and a live DJ Vinyasa class are other things to look out for, as well as live music promoting peace and love. A weekend ticket will set you back £199.
Wanderlust Festival, various locations
Taking place throughout the year, this festival is a big deal in the US. There are yoga workshops, as well as meditation, bike tours, and talks from the music, art, and film industries. They describe music as the ‘heartbeat’ of the festival, and also provide local sustainable food. Upcoming locations include New Zealand, Hawaii, and California. Prices vary.
Balance, London 12th-14th May
Located in trendy east London, Balance packs classes, fitness, and food into its three days. Barry’s Bootcamp, Boom Cycle, and Triyoga are just a few of the classes available, and there will be Q&A Workshops and a live cooking theatre, as well as the chance to plan travel adventures. Tickets are available for separate days, with prices varying depending on the session.
Green Man, Brecon Beacons, Wales 17th-20th August
2017 sees Green Man’s 15th anniversary, and although it is music-focussed, there are also ten ‘magical’ areas, one of which is Nature Nurture, described as a ‘haven of holistic realignment’. Focusing on health and wellbeing, there are classes featuring yoga, Pilates, and therapists. The musical line-up hasn’t been released yet, but last year saw Laura Marling, James Blake, and Belle and Sebastian take to the stage. Tickets go on sale in January, but early bird tickets are already sold out.
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Words: Sian Kissock
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