Top 6 UK Festivals for Healthy Hedonists
At The Sports Edit, we love letting our hair down at a good summer festival. But sometimes the route back to health and fitness after a festival is not the easiest.
Fortunately, for those health-conscious party lovers, there’s are a new wave of wellness-inspired initiatives popping up across at festivals the UK and Ireland. But with so many on offer, which one is worth pitching your tent at?
Look no further - we’ve pulled together our top 6 UK and Irish festivals that combine full festival vibes, but also offer beer belly busting workouts, and some zen time to recharge your batteries.
So if you’re a wellness warrior who loves to party… read on!
Soul Circus is the definition of balance
YOU SHOULD GO IF... Yoga is your jam. While offering other classes such as boxing and barre, yoga is at the heart of Soul Circus. This means an extensive offering of yoga practises to really feed your passion, and you can be sure to learn something new.
WHERE? Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
ACCOMMODATION: Standard camping, pre-erected tents, glamping
WHAT THEY OFFER: Mindfulness workshops, yoga sessions, spinning sessions, live DJ sets, circus, fitness, spa
THIS ONE'S DIFFERENT BECAUSE... They are at the forefront of eco-festivals. They are dedicated to not creating waste, with 100% of waste from the festival recycled, and 100% of leftover food going to charities
MUSIC: You can enjoy live music from buskers, bands, and DJs in a magical woodland setting in the afterparties.
PAST HEADLINERS? DJ Yoda, Faithless and speakers such as Will Young.
EXTRAS: Soul Circus Kids offers another element to the festival, encouraging the whole family to attend. Activities promoting expressing feelings include making worry boxes and mind jars.
A weekend of wellness, flow and fun
YOU SHOULD GO IF… You work in the city and are seeking a weekend to let your hair down and not have to work to any deadlines. FloVibe was born from the idea that you can be wild and live well simultaneously, promising to re-energise your mind, body and soul, without a week of recovery.
WHERE? Hampshire, 18th-century country house
ACCOMMODATION: Boutique camping, family friendly camping and vans + motorhomes.
WHAT THEY OFFER: Yoga, Meditation/mindfulness/astrology, talks + workshops, outdoor spa, power hooping, flow balance (Balance boarding), woodland DJ area
THIS ONE'S DIFFERENT BECAUSE... Flovibe puts an equal emphasis on outstanding music and festival vibe, and the re-energising, nurturing element. It’s perfect for people on either end of the spectrum to try out some a little different this summer.
MUSIC: It offers an eclectic mix of music including hip hop, jazz, roots, reggae, folk, disco + soul.
PAST HEADLINERS? Jimi Needles
Celebration of life, diversity, music, culture and the arts
YOU SHOULD GO IF… Music is your passion. Body and soul is the place to be if you want to see the next big artist before they blow up on the scene, alongside spending a little TLC time on yourself.
ACCOMMODATION: General camping, Boutique camping, Pitched Perfect luxury camping
WHAT THEY OFFER: The Sanctuary: therapists, masseuses, sound therapists, yoga teachers, seaweed baths and hot tubs.
THIS ONE'S DIFFERENT BECAUSE... Body + Soul includes stunning immersive art installations that are enough to transport you away from your daily troubles and truly live in the moment.
MUSIC: Body + Soul offer a real variety of music, be it acoustic, electronic beats or waves of old school soul.
PAST HEADLINERS? Bonobo, Mykki Blanco.
We exist to inspire, challenge and enrich your lives
- YOU SHOULD GO IF… You feel a real connection, or would like to further explore a connection with nature and the wild. Wilderness festival aim to give you a feel and experience that will last forever, and really get you into touch with the beautiful landscapes around us.
ACCOMMODATION: General camping, family camping, quiet camping, live-in vehicle camping, accessible camping, boutique camping.
WHAT THEY OFFER: Lakeside spa, The Sanctuary, where they host classes and talks covering yoga, box fit and HIIT classes, paddleboard yoga, sound healing, meditation, self defence... The list goes on.
THIS ONE'S DIFFERENT BECAUSE... They have also partnered up with renowned such as Frame, Third Space, and Another Space (Meaning you can take a bit of London along with you)
MUSIC: From acoustic to disco to techno, there really is something for everyone here.
PAST HEADLINERS? Nile Rodgers & Chic, Bastille, Peggy Gou
5 Epic days of music surf and laid-back lifestyle
YOU SHOULD GO IF… You feel most at home by the sea, and love having a sing along to some of your favourite acts.
ACCOMMODATION: General camping, family camping, glamping, VIP pitched tents, camper vans
WHAT THEY OFFER: Newly introduced Zennor Haven area: varying types of yoga including aerial, a spa, hot tub, massages + reflexology, talks + workshops, wellness cafe for mindful eating
THIS ONE'S DIFFERENT BECAUSE… Not only can you take part in your own activities, but during your down time you can catch the surf pro’s battling it out in the waves at Fistral Beach
MUSIC: You can be sure to find some of the year's best chart hits.
YOU SHOULD GO IF… You fancy a health and wellness focused festival, but don’t want to sacrifice the full party aspect of a typical festival.
ACCOMMODATION: General, Boutique, VIP (Bell tents), Pop up hotels
WHAT THEY OFFER: Farm Fitness, yoga, lake classes, main stage classes, talks, spin, boxing, hot yoga, power waves, kickboxing, secret sunrise classes, and wild workouts deep in the forest.
THIS ONE'S DIFFERENT BECAUSE... It's split into 3 days - day 1 for disco, day 2 for hip hop, day 3 for chill and relax
MUSIC: There will be a mash-up of contemporary house music, beachy grooves, sing along classics, hip-hop, soul, blues and more.
PAST HEADLINERS: Groove Armada, Danny Howard
So, what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a ticket for the next one coming up, or work your way through as a bucket list - we’ll see you there!
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