We all love a good festival - music, beers, dancing, and all the fun! Combine these elements with wellness vibes and we’re hooked! There are so many top UK fitness and wellness festivals now, it’s time to do a rundown of the best ones.
To spend a weekend in a beautiful location nourishing your mind, body and spirit, plus getting the chance to try new workouts by industry legends makes for a pretty ace experience. Leaving a festival feeling better than when you entered is a real novelty which we should all embrace more. From yoga festivals to forest fitness escapes, get booking these festivals in your diary!
The top UK fitness and wellness festivals
1. Soul Circus: Yoga and Wellness Festival, The Cotswolds
Venture off into the heart of The Cotswolds and be welcomed into the warm embrace of Soul Circus Yoga Festival! Spread across two days in August, this young wellbeing festival has blown yoga lovers out the water with it’s offerings.
Runaway to the circus and explore numerous types of yoga practices by top, world renowned yoga teachers! Try sunrise yoga, hone your aerial skills, explore mindfulness workshops and plunge yourself into dynamic flows to live DJ sets.
Tuck into healthy festival food by the Soul Cafe - fresh produce and tasty meals will fuel you through the day. And when night falls, dance till dawn in the forest to thrilling light shows and exhilarating DJ sets.
When: 21st - 23rd August 2020
Where: Elmore, The Cotswolds
Tickets: From £79, snap up your tickets before they all sell-out - find your tickets here.
2. Balance Festival, London
If you haven’t yet heard of Balance Festival, but are super keen for fitness festivals, then you need to get this in your diary. It’s the UK’s largest celebration of fitness and wellness packed full of leading global fitness experts, deliciously healthy foods and top wellness gurus.
With 150+ workouts available over the breadth of the weekend, you can try out a huge range of activities - some of which are exclusive to the festival - and sample some of what London’s exclusive boutique studios offer.
Not only will you be able to work your body, but you’ll also get to fill your belly with nutritious foods at the Refuel cafe and The balanced Kitchen. Or explore the market and ‘try before you buy’ (aka stuff yourself with free samples) a host of healthy goodies. Don’t forget to pop your head into the Live Cooking Theatre to catch live talks and demonstrations by leading experts.
And last but not least, find all the latest activewear, athleisure and fitness accessories in The Locker Room. You’ll leave Balance Festival not only completely kitted out in the latest outfits, but in health and fitness knowledge too!
When: 17th - 19th April 2020
Where: Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London
Tickets: From £28 for a day ticket. Find your tickets here.
3. Love Trails, Wales
For those who love to run, this is the festival for you! Kick off your July at Love Trails festival on the Gower Peninsula and in the Brecon Beacons with a few thousand fitness lovers! Throughout the days, explore running trails, excursions to the beach, wellness and adventure activities, delicious food and chilled music.
Trail adventures spanning from a beginners 3km to a hardy 55km are available, plus kayaking, SUP, rock climbing, wild swimming, yoga, Parkour - it truly is the best outdoors fitness festival which offers a fantastic variety! And as it's quite an intimate festival in the UK, you won't feel overwhelmed by huge crowds and endless toilet queues.
Don't forget to get educated - inspiring talks about movement and fitness run throughout the weekend. For 2020, expect to see The Dirty Vegan and Sarah Thomas among heaps of other great minds who specialise in running, endurance, sports and wellness.
When night descends, boogie to a selection of DJs and live acts that will have you grooving under the stars. From SHY FX to The Futureheads. Toast to the summer with craft beers and cocktails after an invigorating day out in the Welsh countryside. You've earned the right to party.
When: 2nd - 5th July 2020
Where: Gower Peninsula and the Brecon Beacons, Wales
Tickets: From £135 (First release). Get your tickets here.
4. Woman's Health Live, London
Women's Health Live is another London fitness festival that is well known in the fitness industry. Focused on women’s health, this three-day event offers workout classes, body confidence workshops and inspirational talks on numerous topics that will benefit your mind and body. Expect top industry stars such as Joe Wicks and Deliciously Ella!
Each year has a theme - 2018’s was ‘Be Your Own’ with the aim to inspire women to love themselves and their bodies, and encourage body confidence. Now that’s something we can get onboard with!
From fitness to yoga classes, there’s a plethora of workouts to try out across 6 studios and don’t forget to burn a small hole in your wallet in the shopping village - all the top brands of the health and fitness industry will be there.
When: 3rd - 5th April 2020
Where: Business Design Centre, Islington, London
Tickets: From £20 for a day ticket. Find your tickets here.
5. LoveFit, Kent
Fitness, music and adventure - LoveFit Festival in Kent is stuffed full with excitement! For 3 days and 3 nights, you can get involved in adrenaline inducing adventure, work-out alongside some of London’s best trainers and studios, explore wellness and then rave it up through the night at their hedonistic afterparties!
Bringing London’s fitness scene to the forest, LoveFit festival presents a unique experience in a beautiful setting. Wave goodbye to London’s concrete jungle and join them for a weekend of adventure.
The festival is centred around a main stage that will have unlimited workouts running throughout the days. But continue throughout the forest to find hot yoga, boxing, spinning, a forest gym, lake paddle board yoga and bubbling hot tubs to soothe your aching muscles.
We champion their ethos: work hard, play harder.
When: 17th - 19th July 2020
Where: Sevenoaks, Kent
Tickets: From £99 (pre-release weekend). Get your tickets here.
Wave goodbye to messy festivals and welcome some wellness into your life! Which festival has caught your eye?