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New health & fitness festival

After a summer of booze, bands and bonkers kids, you're going to need a sanity-saver. I've got just the thing.

Spent too many summers waking up in a sweaty tent stinking of cider with fuzzy memories of an ill-advised mystery meat? Ah we’ve all been there. But festival season doesn’t have to be all hangovers, boozing and bands.

The health and wellness festival industry is booming, which means you can ditch the disgusting loos for al fresco yoga, body swerve the questionable entertainment for a sporty workshop and bin the soggy tasteless cheese burger for  sweet potato fries and a pulled pork and slaw brioche bun. Hmmm, doesn’t that sounds nice? Yup. Better still this festival-going utopia is coming to Berkshire.

Refresh is an outdoor health and fitness festival – the first of its kind in the South of England – where some of the best of the health, wellbeing and fitness industries are coming together at Wellington Country Park for fun, great good and loads of cool stuff to trial no matter what your age!

So what can you expect?

The awesome Dame Kelly Holmes, host of the Refresh Festival

Refresh is a two-day event on Sat 2 – Sun 3 Sept,  hosted but Dame Kelly Holmes. EEK! Seriously, how fancy is that? Not fancy enough. Because she’ll also be running a kid’s sports day. So get your nippers match fit. This could get really competitive. There are medals at stake, people. Too much? OK I’ll take it down a notch.

Kelly will be joined by a host of brilliant guests including Made In Chelsea fittie Josh (JP) Patterson, reformed yo-yo dieter, clean-eating queen Alice Liveing, X Factor finalist Luke Friend, the legendary strong woman Farah Fonseca (oh and she’s a Basingstoke babe too), Healthy Chef Steph and CBeebies A-Lister Mr Bloom. And that’s just to name a few.

Mr Binky MIC’s Josh Patterson will be flexing his muscles, reformed yo-yo dieter Alice Liveing and X Factor finalist Luke Friend will be hanging out at Refresh

Steph Elswood the Healthy Chef Steph; CBeebies superstar Mr Bloom and local kickass hottie – aka England’s Strongest Woman Farah Fonseca

Will the kids like it?

They’ll love it. It’s your last hurrah to summer before the kids get shipped back to school. And I reckon that after 6 to 8 weeks juggling work, life and the torturous sound of fighting siblings and sulky tones of ‘I’m bored’, this could restore everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing. There’s loads of things to see and do including street dancers Flawless, a Parkour demo, Mr Bloom will be bringing his veggie fun and healthy eating advice for the tiddlers plus lots of activities and workshops you can do as a family.

Kid free?

The wellbeing world is your oyster. Do some yoga, book a massage, take an hour out to enjoy meditation followed by a fitness class and time out enjoying some great food and good vibes. There is no alcohol. It’s not how they roll. But who needs to get slammed every time they leave the house. Come on, it’s good to give your liver a break.

Can you camp?

Refresh is not offering a camping ticket, but there is a fab site at Wellington Country Park that you can book separately. Prices start at £28.

What’s the damage?

Be quick and you can nab the special offer Early Bird (ends 31 July): Under 13s go free; kids £13.50; Adult £21.50; Weekender £35;

Family ticket £55; Family Weekender £80.


Refresh Festival, Wellington Country Park, Odiham Road, Riseley, Berkshire RG7 1SP. refresh

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