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That ‘self-care’ has become a buzzword of late goes some way in demonstrating how important both our physical and mental wellbeing is; no longer the axiom of hippies and new agers, and not merely about doing a bit of yoga and eating fewer chips, the emphasis often rests on how we can improve our lives through diverse practices.

This is exactly what the Durham Festival of Wellbeing, taking place at TCR Hub in Barnard Castle from Friday 30th-Sunday 1st September, is all about. Encompassing therapies, activities and experiences which aim to promote wellbeing practices with a benefit to mind, body and soul, the camping festival aims to prove that wellbeing is for everyone.

Highlights include swing fit dance sessions, samba drumming workshops and Afro-fusion percussion workshops (led by the perennially excellent Ladies of Midnight Blue), the requisite yoga and Pilates is in attendances, as are more unusual methods of promoting good health including storytelling and walkabout drama performances. Food plays an important part, with outdoor cooking and ‘plot to plate’ demonstrations throughout the weekend. If all that sounds a bit too relaxing, try out the on-site canoeing lake or high ropes system. Performance-wise, there’s live comedy and music from the likes of Spanish-infused trio Los Capitanos, folk pop’s finest Holy Moly & The Crackers, the hypnotic ethereal indie of Ailsa & The Seahorses and many more.


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