First Festival of Wellbeing Fun


Guest Blog from ‘Peg’s Parties’


We were so chuffed we attended the first Durham Festival of Wellbeing this Summer. The event was an overall success and saw attendees travel from across the region to take part in a wide range of activities and workshops. Friday kicked off with an energetic workshop from the team at Harambee Pasadia. Participants were encouraged to pick a drum and learn various rhythms that eventually seemed to produce something worth listening to (well that’s what it sounded like in the room anyway!!). The workshop was high energy with the leader Hannabiel and Yilis keeping the pace and ensuring that everyone had a part to play, enticing in passers by as the workshop went on into the evening.


A jam packed timetable on the Saturday meant that customers were never short of things to do from as early as 8am until the late evening. Top picks for children and families included the Thought Foundation Takeover, the YMCA Speak Out Tipi (a beautiful rainbow structure planted right at the centre of the site), the amazing Youthphoria and Euphoria community choirs and the hilarious Gunge Show performed with comedian Lee Kyle. Adults had the choice of Yoga, Pilates, Dance, Music, Art, Therapies and Samba Drumming throughout the day leading to a magnificent evening of live music from the likes of Ailsa and the Seahorses, Showhawk Duo and Holy Moly and the Crackers.


The Hub Kitchen did extremely well during Saturday afternoon’s rush (we believe down to an early departure from another food vendor!) and seemed to be well over capacity for their small team. Vendors take note for next year… there will be a hungry audience ready to try your wares and the Hub Kitchen team are seemingly happy to share the custom. We sampled a some spot on Hallumi Fries and a vegan Falafal Wrap, both great quality considering the pressure the kitchen was under.

Chilled Vibe

Sunday lent itself to a more chilled out vibe with a small selection of hardy traders braving the colder weather, workshops from Art in the Garden and Matthew Ellwood. The wonderfully unique Swingfit and ever enthusiastic Live Well North East gave everyone the opportunity to try out some diverse fitness sessions.

First of Many

For a first event, the festival structure worked well. The event is small but extremely mighty and will surely grow to become something very special in the Summer events calendar. The team are currently working on the dates for next year, taking on board feedback about the time of year. They can’t promise a heatwave but they can promise a unique and diverse weekend with something guaranteed for everyone.

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