Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place festival has gone online, promising a wealth of advice on how to live a more fulfilled life.
Running until July 12, the web-based event is free of charge, with an array of experts giving their wellbeing tips.
“It’s clear that community and connection is more vital than ever,” Fearne said when she announced the virtual event. “I wanted to work out a way of making the festival happen to give people a way of experiencing helpful classes, workshops, and talks for free this summer. There’s even more content than we would have had at the live event and I’m excited for people to enjoy our month’s long schedule.”
The festival began earlier this month but still has plenty to offer, with its virtual venues bringing themed talks, displays and workshops into homes across the country.
The Main Stage hosts a creative yoga session on Wednesday July 1 from 3pm. Expect to laugh, play, and have a lot of fun as movement coach and yoga teacher Kim Hartwell leads the class.
On Saturday July 4 the Main Stage presents Inhale, Exhale, Let Go with Rebecca Dennis. The session promises participants the chance to harness the power of their breath for better health and wellbeing, using cutting-edge techniques. Learn the science of correct breathing patterns and change the way you think and feel by using conscious breathing. Other Main Stage highlights include Get Your Salsa On with Salsa Bae’s Danielle Sorsby on Wednesday July 8 and 20-minute workout with Rob Eades on Saturday July 11.
Coming up at the Craft Village are a t-shirt and tote bag-making workshop with Chantelle West and The Great Create on Friday July 3, a chance to create beautiful floral patterns with The Joy Journal’s Laura Brand on Sunday July 5 and an opportunity to learn watercolour techniques with Sara Davies on Wednesday July 8.
The Kitchen offers tantalisingly tasty treats galore as top chefs talk festival-goers through some of their favourite recipes. Join Oli The Choc on Tuesday July 7 in an upbeat and interactive chocolate demonstration and learn how to work with chocolate like a master chocolatier. There’s also an opportunity to indulge in a sweet Turkish favourite on Sunday June 28. And Rosemary Ferguson will be talking about the ‘second brain’ of our body - the gut - on Tuesday June 30, followed by Rosemary’s traybake cookalong, a multivitamin in itself, full of plant power, fibre and antioxidants.
The Bar gives visitors the chance to unwind and loosen up. Festival favourite Goldierocks brings an uplifting, colourful and bouncy DJ set on Friday June 26, playing a mix of house, retro pop, funk and disco, and a Cerder’s cocktail masterclass hopes to share the jpy on non-alcoholic beverages, proving you don’t need to have alcohol to have fun.
Other events coming up at Happy Place include Fearne Cotton in conversation with Bryony Gordon and conversations with Gabby Logan and Gary Barlow.
Visit happyplacefestival.com for full information and details of recommended charity donations.