By Sophie Fisher
Not all festivals have to be dirty and about jumping in (or running away from) mosh pits. Boutique festivals have been on the rise and from this, fitness festivals have stemmed.
You may be thinking that normal festivals include a lot of dancing so what other fitness could you possibly need? Fitness festivals are about relaxing, pushing yourself, finding balance and having fun. They combine the elation of festivals with endorphins!
Many of the festivals are family-friendly, offering glamping and spa options alongside great food and drink so there is something for everyone.
St. Clere Estate, Sevenoaks
Summer of love? More like summer of LoveFit. Located just outside London, LoveFit is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of hectic city life. LoveFit say ‘lose yourself in the night, find your balance in the day’ and what better way to find balance than to try out their stand-up paddleboard workouts on the lake (and try not to fall in)!
This year’s theme is sports revival so dust off your best vintage sportswear and book yourself a ticket!
16th-18th August 2019
Described by Elle Magazine as an “eclectic mix of treats”, Soul Circus gives new meaning to yoga and wellness festivals. With an obvious circus theme, it combines the glitz and glamour of a boutique festival with fitness. Think circus skills meets yoga.
The festival focuses on light and dark. ‘Discovering the light’ includes yoga with DJs, aerial yoga, glitter, crafts and much more. ‘Entering the darkness’ is about music from names such as Goldie and Norman Jay MBE, burlesque lessons, Moroccan feasts and after-parties.
If you’re ready to join the circus, grab a ticket now before their final release sells out!
Manor Farm, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire
Like LoveFit and Soul Circus, Verve offers a retreat from urban life to the great outdoors for a weekend filled with wellness and exercise. A standout aspect of Verve is its talks from experienced speakers on a range of topics including Sleep, Nutrition and Gut Health, Sex, Mental Health, Confidence Building and Habit Breaking to name a few.
It also has some unreal looking food and drink options. Multi-award winning Cottonworth will provide the wine bar and Dorset Gin Box will run the main bar. All Verve’s food and drink partners are from Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire, and their ingredients, where possible, are locally sourced.
So, if you’re looking for an inspiring weekend of fitness and great food and drink, get yourself a ticket for Verve festival.
Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall
Kill two birds with one stone at Unite Fitness Festival. Fitness and beach holiday in one, at one of the most iconic beaches in the UK.
Unite Fitness Festival will see teams battle it out over two days of competition, all in the name of teamwork! There are two categories to enter: the open category which will be three males and two females and the masters category in which all athletes must be over 35 and with a combined age of 190. Workouts are supposed to be tough but achievable so don’t worry if the word competition scares you!
This is a unique event where you can expect to run, swim, paddle, push and pull your way through the weekend. Being a festival, there are of course live DJs playing all weekend and a vendor village that will keep athletes and supporters entertained.
So, get your competitive streak on and head over to the organisers’ One and All Events website to register.