Updated: Jan 19
When someone tells you their going to a festival you'll probably think of a few things. A budget tent that will leak if it rains, mud, lots of mud. Cider, beer, world-class bands, and the list could go on.
But things are changing. These aren't the only festivals you can enjoy, and you'll be just as likely to hear about a friend going to a non-alcoholic rave or a meditation and mindfulness weekend.
More and more people are swapping their jaeger bombs and sticky floors for protein shakes and yoga. And festivals are following suit.
If you're a regular yogi this could be a nice next step to meet more like-minded people, or even ask a few of your classmates if they want to go.
Here are our picks:
Big Retreat Wales
The Big Retreat is an adventure for all five senses. Focusing on energy, inspiration, bands, books, new tastes, and inner calm. There limit tickets to 3000 so the vibe is very friendly, they are small but strong!
The festival overs 300 carefully curated events, class workshops and talks all focused on making you feel good.
You’ll find yoga classes, adventures in art, wild swimming and a chance to leave the world behind on the stunning, unspoiled western edge of Wales in the UK's only Coastal National Park.
If you’re a foodie they also have you covered with sumptuous feasts. Raw and vegan delicacies square off against wood-fired pizza, craft gins and, trust us, the best burgers on earth.
Where: Lawrenny in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, SA68 0PP
When: 22-25 May 2020
World Yoga Festival
The World Yoga Festival is the largest, family-friendly yoga festival in the UK. The festival brings together the most revered collection of teachers in traditional yoga, meditation and wisdom.
This makes for a genuinely authentic yoga festival, giving you the chance to get in touch with the real you.
Of course, there are also dancing and music performances combined with a 100% vegetarian and alcohol-free environment.
Where: Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NW
When: Thursday 30th July - Sunday 2nd August 2020
This is the UKs largest wellness festival as such you can expect some big names to be in attendance.
Previous fitness favourites Kelsey Wells, Zanna Van Dijk, Alice Liveing, Jamie Ray were all present. Big brands will also be their showing of their latest and greatest products.
You'll be able to test out some of the best London boutique studios and choose from over 150 classes. This includes Strong30 by Zumba, EQUINOX’s Firestarter and BLOK’s BLOKstrength.
So, if you’re looking for some new brands to fall in love with or to hear some exclusive talks from leading experts in the wellness world, Balance Festival should leave you feeling inspired... and maybe tired.
Where: The Old Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street, London
When: 17-19 April 2020
As a Yogi you may have heard of the brand Lululemon.
Well, Sweatlife is what happens if they team up with fitness favourites Psycle, Third Space, Triyoga and & Barry's Bootcamp.
2020 will be the festivals 5th year in operation. It's a two-day sweat fest at London’s Tobacco Dock. Be prepared for 48 hours of sweaty, stretchy and thought-provoking fun.
If you are a fan of Lulemon you might even be treated to some exclusive Sweatlife apparel for both men and women which is only available at the festival.
Expect punishing bootcamp workouts and sweaty spinning classes. With former professional fighters and athletes pushing you well out of your comfort zone.
Where: Tobacco Dock, London
When: TBC - Last year it was in June
Tickets: Ticket prices TBC Lululemon.co.uk
LoveFit is a very cool festival based in Kent. It’s perfect for yogis and a like to escape for a weekend. You can expect yoga, spin, trail runs and strength training in the forest. There's even a classic dance festival under the stars towards the end.
The festival refers to itself as " A 3-day adventure of fitness, well-being, and magical forest parties just outside of London." Watch the 2019s festival after movie to see what it's really like. You may want to buy your tickets straight away.
There are even wood-fired hot tubs and organic treatments, so you can take a moment to pause and rejuvenate.
Where: The Heritage Pinetum, St Clere Estate, Sevenoaks, Kent
When: 17—19st July 2020
Tickets: Early bird weekend tickets £124
If you're looking for a more traditional festival with hints of mindfulness thrown in, Boardmasters is the one for you.
Last year's line-up saw the likes of Florence and the Machine, Dizzee Rascal, The Wombats, and The Foals headlining.
On the wellness side, you can learn to surf under the instruction of the pros at the Roxy and Quiksilver Surf School.
For Yogis, you can center yourself whilst connecting to the sound of the waves with beach yoga. If that doesn't sound appealing you can always opt for a gong bath to unblock your chakras. You can check out last year’s wellbeing activities here.
And if you get there and feel like doing absolutely nothing you can always just chill on the beach. Enjoying the British summertime on the Cornish Coastline.
Where: Trebelsue Farm, Watergate Bay, Newquay
When: TBC but normally in August
Tickets: not on sale yet but keep an eye out
This three-day festival based in the Cotswolds offers everything you need for a wellness break. From blindfolded yoga and aerial classes to gong baths and reggae meditation.
Fitness and music well and truly collide here. By day you’ll be challenging yourself with various types of yoga, by night it’s a full-on after party in the woods.
Where: Elmore, The Cotswolds
When: 21-23 August 2020
Tickets: Early bird tickets from £125
Other honourable mentions
Website: (last years) https://wanderlust.com/108-events/london-2019/ Where: Battersea Park, London When: TBC but normally in July Tickets: TBC
Where: Merrist Wood College, Surrey
When: 12-19 August 2020
Where: Brecon Beacons, Wales
When: 20-23 August 2020
Tickets: Tickets go on sale in January 2020