Ice baths and wild swimming at Camp Bestival

Rob da Bank

Camp Bestival, in Weston Park, near Shifnal, will include a wellness area to help people relax.

Rob da Bank with his wife Josie and family

Up to 20,000 people are expected for the festival, which runs from August 18-21. Headliners include DJ Fatboy Slim, Becky Hill, M People singer Heather Small and UK award winner Rag’n’Bone Man.

Rob da Bank, who organizes the event with his wife Josie, said there had always been a wellness area at Bestival since it was first held on the Isle of Wight in 2004.

“We loved the ability to sit in a quiet place and contemplate the world, undergo treatment or try our hand at something new, from knitting to meditation, from cocoa ceremonies to getting out of our comfort zone. and sing with strangers,” he said.

“A lot of us take it for granted that we can hop in a car or on a train and show up to a festival with our families and watch our kids run free all weekend while we sit back and enjoy our freedom. .

“That really isn’t the case for so many people, so in the most positive and uplifting way, we hope to inject a bit of that spirit into all things idle.”

The ice bath sessions will be led by qualified instructors Aodhnait Lombard and Will Van Zyl.

The organizers claim that 10 to 15 minutes in the tub can significantly improve well-being and promote muscle recovery after hours of dancing.

Breathing expert and performance coach Stuart Sandeman will lead sessions, and there will also be a yoga tent offering sessions for adults and children.

There will also be the possibility of indulging in a massage and various other de-stressing treatments.

There will also be a wild Nordic-style water and stone spa, with whirlpools, saunas and a Bedouin-style relaxation lounge.

For those wanting something more energetic, there’s a fitness bootcamp, and there will be races held around the grounds of Weston Park.

Other attractions include wild swimming and paddleboarding.

Jan G. Gilbert