3 of the best…good-for-you festivals
Are you always hunting down different nutritious recipes, practising new types of mindfulness or testing out on-trend fitness classes? In the same way that music festivals introduce fresh talents, our round-up of health and wellbeing festivals were chosen because they let you discover exciting new ways to keep your mind and body feeling great. Plus, they won’t leave you with a hangover. Bonus.
BBC Good Food Summer in the City
For nutritious, health-focused cooking inspiration, head to the Eat Well show at this year’s BBC Good Food Show. A whopping number of healthy food producers will be exhibiting this year, ranging from nut butter experts Meridian Foods to the creators of all-natural, honey flavoured Just Bee drinks, and paleo favourite The Primal Pantry. Plus, healthy cover star Davina McCall will be demonstrating her delicious recipes and holding a Q&A, alongside famous chefs like Hemsley & Hemsley, James Martin and Paul Hollywood.
Best for: Healthy food lovers looking for tasty ideas to jazz up their summer menu.
Where: ExCel London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL.
When: 20-22 May.
Book tickets here.
This year is the third Be:Fit London festival, following its launch in May 2014, and remains Europe’s only health and fitness festival dedicated entirely to women. Your ticket includes unlimited access to London’s most famous (and heavy wait-listed) classes: Barry’s Bootcamp, 1Rebel, Equinox, Gymbox, Core Collective and Frame – plus a relaxing yoga session from American model-turned-yoga instructor Tara Stiles. On the foodie side, you can expect cooking sessions taught by famous chefs at the Oatly kitchen, plus samples from leading healthfood brands. Health and fitness influencers (and favourites here at team healthy!) such as Madeleine Shaw, Natasha Corrett and Zanna van Dijk will be leading talks and sessions over at the main stage.
Best for: Gym bunnies looking for a top new class. Plus, keen cooks looking to brush up on their skills.
Where: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH.
When: 29 April-1 May.
Get tickets here.
Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival
Whether you go to explore your spiritual side or simply to experience the relaxation benefits of meditation and yoga techniques, this festival will open you up to exciting new facets of wellbeing. Highlights include Laughter Yoga with laughter coach Joe Hoare, an afternoon sound bath with singer-songwriter Anne Malone, and a Mindfulness Through Movement workshop with psychologist Dr Tamara Russell. There will also be a ‘wellbeing studio’, where you can head for a range of treatments including Swedish massage, relexology and aromatherapy.
Best for: Curious types looking for new (and ancient!) ways to expand their mental, as well as physical, wellbeing.
Where: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington W14 8UX.
When: 29 April-2 May.
Get tickets here.