VERVE is a festival that celebrates health, wellness and nature in Wiltshire on 7&8 September 2019. Bringing together nature, heath, wellbeing, fitness and the ‘great outdoors’, the weekend festival welcomes adults and children seeking healthy hedonism in a beautiful, rural setting.
Ideal for singles, groups and families, VERVE’s will offer an exciting programme of; yoga & Pilates, meditation, breath work, sound bathing and woodland exercise classes as well as a ‘wild’ spa, Boutique shopping and luxury glamping. There will be an on-site bar and DJ and in addition, visitors can learn from a carefully curated panel of speakers who will discuss topics relating to physical and mental health, sleep, nutrition and more.
Set up by Luxury Hotel and Travel Expert Anna Hayward – who has a personal passion for health and wellness – the aim of the 2-day festival is to ensure every visitor can experience something different, with like-minded people and in a new setting that is completely unrivalled;
“After 22 years of working for other people, I wanted to do something for myself, encapsulating all the things I’m passionate about, in the green and calm of Wiltshire. With VERVE, I’m drawing on my background in luxury experiences to create a stylish festival that embraces health and nature, in the area of outstanding natural beauty Cranborne Chase.”
“According to the Global Wellness Summit 2019, one of the biggest wellness trends of 2019 is prescribing nature. This is the cornerstone of VERVE Festival. All classes and activities will centre on nature for health, for example; farm runs, workouts in the woods, meditation and tree talks in the ancient woodlands. We’re also big fans of using local materials and are working with local suppliers and partners throughout the festival. The vast majority of our food, drink and boutique stall-holders come from the West Country.”
Yoga classes led by Californian-turned-Wiltshire local, Megan Romilly will include; Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Yin and Broga. Megan has 30 years of experience teaching yoga and has paved the way for VERVE’s other wellness offerings such as Breathwork, Meditation and Sound Bathing.
Other activities include Pilates and woodland exercise classes led by Tom James Fitness. Typical gym equipment such as Olympic Rings and TRX will be given a nature-inspired spin and hung from trees, with battle ropes, boxing and more.
For amateur and professional runners, enjoy a guided run around the farm, tracks and fields – sure to be one of the most picturesque runs snapped on your phone.
A key part of VERVE’s offerings will be for children and families, with the festival honouring this this by running a FREE kid’s programme for under 15’s. The programme will include foraging, fire building, art and craft workshops, mindfulness and more. Kids can even join in with yoga, thanks to Joyce Hutchensen, Author of Yoga Adventures of Rupert & Pip, who’ll be on hand to instruct.
All of the food trucks at VERVE are local, sourced from Wiltshire and Dorset and they’ll be extensive options for carnivores and herbivores; Big Bang Pizza will offer Maneesh and wood-fired pizzas whilst Pure Punjabi will offer aromatic vegan and vegetarian curries. Pythouse Kitchen Garden’s specialities include fire-roasted Salmon and Veg and from Flaming Peaches, you can purchase a mouth-wateringly delicious Miso-Roasted Aubergine or Sticky Smoked Beef dish. Green & Grainy will also be on hand to offer home comforts such as Vegan cakes, juices and chai lattes.
Hampshire-based, multi award-winning Cottonworth Wines will provide the fizz at VERVE, whilst über cool Dorset Gin Box will run the main bar. Guests can expect a mind-boggling array of gins, local Sixpenny Brewery Beer, amazing wines and specially-curated VERVE cocktails, including an alcohol-free option, courtesy of Seedlip.
THE WILD SPA
The Zest Spa at VERVE will be wild and off-the-grid. Set in a remote corner of the festival ground, heat will come from fire, light from candles and relaxation from the incredible setting.
Spa guests can take advantage of the soothing treatment menu with includes; a Hot Stone Massage, an Ayurvedic Pressure Point Facial, a Ginger & Tonic Massage, a Body Brush and Balm Treatment, an Organic Facial and a Thai Foot Massage. Post-treatment, guests can relax in one of the Hammocks, laid out in a deserted field and with a sweeping view of the nearby hills and downs.
The VERVE team have carefully curated a panel of expert speakers who’ll cover a range of topics including; Sleep, Nutrition and Gut Health, Sex, Mental Health, Confidence Building, Habit Breaking and more. Confirmed for the line-up are:
- Shahroo Izadi – The Kindness Method
- Actress Serena Evans – Speaking with Confidence
- Aoife Drury – Sex and Relationships
- Ali Godbold – Gut Health & Nutrition
- The Bushcraft Initiative – Nature for Mental Health & Wellbeing
- We Sleep – Managing the mind and body for better sleep
For more info on Verve Festival head here. The generous Anna of Verve is also offering Kids of Bath readers 10% off any ticket booked (remember u15’s go free!), simply enter in discount code KIDSOFBATH to get money off Saturday family tickets, Sunday family tickets and Weekend family tickets.