1.BEAT A RETREAT
Puting fitness front and centre, this action-packed weekend will entertain and exercise you in equal measure. Rock up on Friday and you can rock out to Ibiza-style party that fuses dance with fitness. Move to the beat of rave and hip-hop tunes spun by top DJs as you take part in classes under the stars and right next to Bournemouth’s award-winning beach, then chill out and top up your energy levels at the pop-up restaurant.Saturday is the main event – choose from more than 20 fitness class everything from yoga on the beach to boxing in a studio), led by some of the UK’s top trainers. Take a break from exercise to brush up on your health knowledge at seminars given by nutritionists and fitness experts, including mental-health expert and TV presenter Rachel Bruno (daughter of famous boxer Frank) and fitness instructors the Townsend Twins. You can also stock up on the latest products and kit from your favourite fitness, nutrition and apparel brands.There’s even the chance to do a bit of networking at FITBIZ, where you can schmooze with big-name brands, PTs and health entrepreneurs. Time to get your gameface on.
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2. TUCK IN
This summer, festivals are all about the food. Of course there’s still music,dancing and beer tents – but at these three gatherings, the focus is firmly on healthy fodder…
Go! Organic, September 8-9, Battersea Park, London; goorganicfestival.co.uk
This brand new celebration of organic food, sustainability and healthy lifestyles promises to be a real crowd pleaser, with cooking demos from top chefs including elf Anderson of River Cottage fame,music from The Magic Numbers and lots of chances to sample organic food and drink.
The Big Feastival, August 24-26, Kingham, The Cotswolds; thebigfeastival.com
Watch Michelin-starred chefs cook up a storm before storming the dancefloor as big-name DJs spin their chart-topping tunes. There are new skills to be learnt at cookery school (there’s even an option for kids) and brilliant British street food showcasing everything from pizza to poke.
Foodies Festival, August 3-5, Edinburgh; August 25-27, Oxford; foodiesfestival.com
Get stuck into chocolate-making and Kombucha workshops at this celebration of top-end food and drink. Expect Cocktails, cheese and chilli – though not on one plate – as well a music stage, kidsʼtent and live cooking demos from celebrity chefs and GBBO finalists.
3. LOOK HOT, STAY COOL
Choose kit that makes you feel great, both in terms of performance and looks.
Natatio Coral Sea Bikini top, £40, and Regular Bikini Bottom, £30; natatioswimwear.com
Few colour combos say ‘summer’ quite like the pink, orange and turquoise on this sporty bikini. Stylish, supportive and eco-friendly; it is made from ECONYL,regenerated nylon from old fishing nets.
Icebreaker Sphere SS Low Crew, £55; uk.icebreaker.com
What? Merino wool in the summer? Yes,really – when blended with Tencel (a natural wood fibre made from eucalyptus) it’s superb at wicking sweat from your body,helping you stay cool and comfortable,no matter how hard you work out.
Buff Pro Run Cap, £26.26; buffwear.co.uk
You wouldn’t hit the ski slopes without your multitasking buff and, in summer,you shouldn’t pound the pavements or hit a trial without this essential headgear. It boasts UV protection, aninner sweatband and breathable fabric.
It’s important to stay hydrated in summer, but if sipping water doesn’t always keep your tastebuds happy,why not try one of these options to quench your thirst with a health boost. Put four bags of Pukka Turmeric Active tea (£2.99for 20 bags; pukka herbs.com) in 1l of freshly boiled water and leave to cool,removing the tea bags after 15 minutes.Place in the fridge overnight. Pour over crushed ice and add a sprig of fresh mint.Love coconut water?Forget heavy cartons– Hellenia Hydro Coconut(£14.95 for 300g; hellenia.co.uk) is a powder you mix with water to create a fruity electrolyte-replacement drink. Coconut provides hydrating potassium and sodium.Wow Pro Bacteria Water(drinkwow.com) contains live bioactive cultures to boost your gut’s good bacteria.Coming soon in three fruity flavours: Raspberry & Apple; Orange &Mango and Cucumber & Lime…It’s too hot for coffee but you still need a pre-gym pick-me-up, so pop open Açai and Caffeine Zinger (£19 for 15 x 7ml;jameswhite.co.uk). This fruity shot (mixed with apple and beetroot juice) provides the equivalent caffeine of a double espresso.
JOIN THE PARTY
There’s no better way to celebrate the summer than with an outdoor festival.With new incarnations popping up every year, deciding which ones to choose can be tougher than a HIIT class in 30o heat.Sure, you want to party, but you also want to try a new activity, or roll out of your tent and onto the mat for a sunrise yoga session. Here are our top four UK festivals that brilliantly combine letting loose with some health and fitness…
Boardmasters Festival, August 8-12, Cornwall; boardmasters.com
Part festival, part surf competition, this collaborative event matches brilliant music with the biggest stars of surf for a uniquely British experience. It all takes place in the home of UK surfing on the breathtaking Cornish coast, renowned for its laid back vibe and love of partying. There’s plenty of both onoffer over the four days, alongside a generous helping of wellbeing. At venues in Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach, you’ll find gong baths,aerial yoga, holistic massages and reflexology,and even a natural eco-spa, complete with panoramic views of the wild Atlantic Ocean.
5. Soul Circus Yoga and Wellness Festival, August 17-19, the Cotswolds; soulcircus.yoga
Don’t be put off if you’re not a yogi; this weekend celebration of food, music and fun also includes HIIT, Pilates and Barre Classes from high-performance gym Equinox, workouts led by celebrity trainer Faisal Abdalla, as well as vibrant dance fitness classes. The yoga is top-notch handled by yoga masters Katrina Rayburn and Benjamin Sears. Book in for Forrest Yoga With Sears or a combination of Rocketand Mandala Vinyasa with Rayburn.There’s a dance floor and live music features throughout the day and into the evening; look out for live-DJ yoga classes– a truly uplifting experience.
Camp Bestival, July 26-29, Dorset; campbestival.net
There’s so much going on at this four-day extravaganza, including live sets by acts as diverse as Clean Bandit, Basement Jaxx And Rick Astley, stand-up comedy, live theatre and more kids’ activities than any child could wish for – you’ll struggle to fit it all in. And if it all gets too much, head to Slow Motion, an entire arena dedicated to re-energizing and rebalancing. There Are free yoga and fitness sessions in the Witness the Fitness Tent, or venture outside to explore the natural beauty of the Lulworth Estate on a Nature Run. If that sounds like too much effort, book in for a massage or spot of Reiki, try a Gong Bath Or treat yourself to a facial in the aptly named Pampervan. There’s even the chance to help set a Silent Yoga Class world record using silent-disco headphones. Go on, challenge yourself.
Wilderness Festival, August 2-5, Oxfordshire; wildernessfestival.com
Set in verdant countryside, this inspirational bonanza is more about the experiences on offer than the headline acts, although they are undoubtedly a big draw, and this year include Nile Rodgers & Chic and Bastille.There are workshops, full-scale theatre production, stimulating talks and debates and even an outdoor nightclub. As you’d expect, the wellbeing offering is extensive and impressive; it features classes from renowned gyms including Third Space,Frame and Bodyism alongside one of the broadest ranges of yoga and meditation sessions you’ll find in one place.
6. TUNE IN, SHOW UP
Be inspired by these womenʼssports fixtures and the current Sky Sports and Women’s Sport Trust campaign, #ShowUp, to encourage women, men and famous faces to show up to watch women’s sport, and to play the sports themselves.We canʼt wait to spectate,then participate…
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