HEALTH and wellbeing festival ‘WellFest’ has been hailed a success by the organiser and guests after its expansion this year.
The event returned for its second year this summer, and took place at Westmorland County Showground – a location that is five times the size of the previous venue, allowing capacity for 500 guests to enjoy the festival.
Emma Grunnill, who is based in Kirkby Lonsdale, launched WellFest in Cumbria last year after taking inspiration from similar events around the UK.
The previous event was so popular that all 100 tickets sold out completely – resulting in Emma making the decision to relocate the festival this year.
Emma said: “WellFest 2019 absolutely exceeded my expectations. Our new venue meant the festival was five times the size of the previous year, so it was the perfect opportunity to go all out and offer something really memorable. I think the guest feedback I’ve had so far shows that we achieved that goal. From the fitness classes and the guest speakers, to the food vendors and the DJ – the whole day offered a positive and uplifting atmosphere.”
Emma added: “The aim of WellFest has always been to break down the stigma around mental health, encourage people to get outdoors and embrace the elements – and ultimately, leave people feeling empowered, confident and well. This year, WellFest was bigger and better than ever, and I’m already looking forward to planning next year’s event.”
The event also raised money for two charities – Mind and Motor Neurone Disease Association. The fundraising total is currently £650.
Guests to WellFest enjoyed fitness classes and taster sessions with a number of local health and fitness experts, including Yogi in The Lakes, Coreworx Gym, Sarah Brook Fitness, Westmorland Crossfit, VB Pilates, Ride Bikes and Jogging Pals.
A host of healthy local food and drink brands were also in attendance. These included The Little Barn, Beans and Lentils, The Milking Parlour, Bakes and Balls, and Smoke BBQ Events.
For more information about Emma Grunnill, visit: www.emmagrunnill.co.uk