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We’re going famping

It’s like glamping but with a fitness twist — and it’s going to be all the rage this summer. We pack our yoga pants and pick the best events

Festival No 6

When: September 6–9

Where: Portmeirion, Wales

What: Set in a fairy tale-like village where every building has been Grade II listed, this is a festival of polarity. It has big-name music stars, including Franz Ferdinand and Friendly Fires, but the daytime itinerary goes off the party piste with guided runs in woodlands, paddleboarding in the River Dwyryd and, for those who prefer man-made sophistication, an outdoor swimming pool.

There are also massages, wooden hot tubs, talks and fitness classes. To ease you into the evening party spirit, there’s a torchlit procession at dusk. Three-day ticket from £180 (price based on Friday arrival; cheaper than Thursday arrival). festivalnumber6.com

Love Trails

When: July 13-15

Where: Gower, Wales

What: A combo of organised trail-running and live music. There are routes from 5k to 60k and quirky events like the pub crawl run, the night run, the underpants run and the sunset party run.

There are also inspirational speakers and training seminars for when you’re giving the hammies a rest. Weekend tickets from £130, lovetrailsfestival.co.uk

Soul Circus

When: August 17-19

Where: Cotswolds

What: A wellness festival with controlled partying. In the day there’s a yoga menu that stretches further than a downward dog. Choose from Curvesome yoga, Starwars yoga and ‘raw chocolate flow’.

There’s also a spa, juice bars aplenty, cookery classes and holistic therapies. At night there are DJs, live music, locally brewed booze and supper clubs. Day ticket from £79, soulcircus.yoga

Unwind

When: June 30–July 1

Where: Meopham, Kent

What: Meditation, relaxation and creativity are at the centre of this grown-up festival. There’s mindfulness, craft workshops such as stitching and painting, beauty treatments, market stalls, inspirational speakers and, of course, loads of yoga. At night it’s live music or, if you’re too chilled from the day’s activities, small, friendly gatherings around campfires. Day ticket from £55, unwindevents.co.uk

Keswick Mountain Festival

When: June 8–10

Where: Keswick, Lake District

What: The ultimate outdoors weekend for committed endurance sport fans. In the day there are triathlons, aquathlons, 10k races and open-water swims to compete in.


For the non-competitive, there are taster sessions on canoeing, bushcraft, navigation skills, sunset or sunrise hikes and group cycles. And yes, there is live music at night — if your legs are still able to dance. Weekend ticket from £75, keswickmountainfestival.co.uk