Getting Away From The City…Well-being Festivals

City-life getting you down?

Despite the increase of job opportunities, variety of culture and nightlife that living in the city offers there are a more than a few ways that living in one of the UK’s urban metropolises can negatively effect your wellbeing.

Light pollution is, unsurprisingly, at its worst in Britain’s cities and is one of the chief reasons behind urbanites losing sleep each night. If it’s not the flashing sirens and the street lights pouring in through the windows then you can almost guarantee that the noise will get to you instead. Thousands of buildings are constructed every year in cities all around the UK which is fantastic for investors, but not so good for those looking to get a good night’s sleep…

Unfortunately, construction sites rarely take any time off in the city, so if you’re unlucky enough to live near one you might well find that you’re getting a rude awakening on the weekend thanks to a particularly dedicated workman getting stuck into his concrete imaging.

If this is all sounding very familiar, then don’t fear, there are plenty of opportunities for city slickers to escape for a quick reset:

The Big Retreat Wales

Only in its infancy at the moment, this festival nonetheless deserves your attention for its sheers range of fantastic activities and events. Set on an organic farm in Pemrokeshire National Park, you can take part in over 200 workshops, events and classes at the Big Retreat Wales including dance, yoga and bootcamps. There are activities for all the family here and a whole range of accommodations for you to stay in so you can catch up on your sleep and enjoy the festival.

When? 24th-27th May 2019 How Much? Adult weekend tickets (with camping) start at £89

Sun and Moon Festival

Set in the grounds of the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, this week long festival is a combination of fulfilling activities and workshops that offer people of all backgrounds the chance to learn new skills and open their minds to new ideas or cultures. Adults can try out Hatha Yoga, Quigong and Ecstatic Dance amongst other things, whilst kids can have a go at Circus Skills, Martial Artists and Street Dance.

When? August 2019 How Much? Week long tickets (with camping) start at £160

Wychwood Festival

Wychwood Festival is a well-rounded experience that offers equal parts party times and relaxing workshops. Get a sweat on with Shake That Zumba, find inner peace at the Bristol Folk House and then dance the night away to a sterling lineup of exciting alternative acts. 2018’s festival saw Baxter Dury, The Go! Team and Feeder take to the stage amongst many other festival favourites such as The Correspondents, Nerina Pallot and Toyah Wilcox.

When? 31st May-2nd June 2019 How Much? Early bird tickets (with camping) from £130

Feel Good Foods and How To Eat Them

There’s a whole world of benefits to eating these epic super foods, why not pick some up on your next trip and try out one of these body-boosting recipes at the same time?

Blueberries

These little blue balls of sweetness have long been heralded as a delectable source of much needed Vitamin C, in fact if you shove 150g of these beauties into your gob you’ll get 25% of your recommended dose of the good stuff, not to mention super-charging your bod with the nutrients needed to keep your heart ticking, and your bones good and strong. It’s the flavanoid called anthocyanin that gives ‘bloobs’ their healthy punch, giving them a powerful antioxidant quality common in many other Super Foods.

Try eating blueberries by themselves, as a topping on your usual cereal, or even as way of making your stack of pancakes a little bit healthier. You can also throw them in a smoothie to add some colours and punch to your morning!

Carrots

The carrot as we know it today was cultivated by the Dutch around the 16th century, although the original plant is thought to have originated in Asia as a hard, woody variant. This veggie is often an easy win for kids who will happily gobble it down raw if given half the chance and although they’ve not been proven to make us see in the dark they are packed full of Vitamin A, which helps prevent the loss of sight.

Serving raw carrots with hummus makes for a great snack, or even a light starter. Par boil then blitz carrots in a food processor to add texture and fibre to your curry sauce, or slice then roast them in the oven with a little salt, flour and tarragon to make a healthy alternative to potato fries.

Kale

If you’re not aware of kale yet then you’ve clearly been living under a rock for the last ten years or so. This trendy salad green is packed with nutrients that make it a fantastic base for any salad, as well as a great side. Just a couple of handfuls of kale gives you your RDA of vitamins, K, C and A, it also contains a hefty load of fibre, protein, iron, potassium and fibre. It might be a little tricky getting the kids on this one, but pair it with the right flavours and they’ll be chomping it up in no time.

You can eat kale raw but it’s usually best to blanch it for a just a few minutes to make it a bit easier to chew. Once it’s cooked you can lightly season it and use it as bed for fish, or throw it in your morning smoothie to super-charge your breakfast drink. Pair this leaf with roasted squash with nuts and clementine segments for a deliciously sweet, yet healthy salad.

Beetroot

They might get a bad rep sometimes, but the humble beetroot packs a real healthy punch. The beetroot reached the pinnacle of its popularity in the 19th century when farmers realised that they could convert the veg into sugar. Since then, beetroot has been grown all around the world and consumed by millions who prize it for its rich calcium content as well as its healthy dose of iron, and vits A and C.

Pickle your beetroot up then slice it into a salad to add a splash of colour to your plate, or serve it up roasted and whole with a sirloin steak. Beets are best eaten between June to October, but they offer solid nutritional value the whole year round.