These wellness wonderlands are the best picks for those of you who want to leave behind your mind-expanding, toe-tapping festival experience feeling revitalised this year.
Improve your mental health with a wellbeing-focused getaway.
The Big Retreat
Nourishment for body and soul is the focus of this wellness-leaning long weekend, which promises to offer ‘What Feel Good means to you’ across a dozen festival areas. There’s high-energy workouts, gong baths and wild swimming, plus workshops in mental health, puppet-making and whatever ‘energy orgasms’ are. There’s live music too, but with headliners including Toploader and Scouting for Girls, your mileage may vary.
Feanedock, The National Forest
The woodland location leads the programming at Timber, a gathering in the midst of the Midlands’ National Forest that invites us to reconsider our relationship with the natural world. Firmly within the ‘festival of ideas’ format, the weekend includes discussions, workshops and guided walks responding to the environment, alongside music from the likes of The Go! Team, and spoken word from Simon Armitage and Raymond Antrobus.