New festival celebrates the joys of life in the slow lane

Scenes from Wellbeing and Slow Festival at the Fire Pit Camp in Wendling - Sally Collins on the swin

Scenes from Wellbeing and Slow Festival at the Fire Pit Camp in Wendling - Sally Collins on the swing. Picture: Matthew Usher.

It was, claimed organisers, a festival with a difference – one that celebrated the joys of simply taking one's time.

Scenes from Wellbeing and Slow Festival at the Fire Pit Camp in Wendling - Samba workshop. Picture:

Scenes from Wellbeing and Slow Festival at the Fire Pit Camp in Wendling - Samba workshop. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Slow Living and Wellbeing Festival was held for the first time over the weekend, at the Fire Pit Camp at Wendling, near Dereham.

The event followed the principles of the so-called Slow Movement, which began in Italy in the 1980s and seeks to offer an escape from some of the pressures of modern life.

Rachel Hughes-Green, who runs The Fire Pit Camp with her sister Sarah Hughes-Wade, said: 'It's all about being mindful to slow down and not live such a stressful life.

'It's about doing things like cooking food from scratch and spending quality time with friends and family.

Scenes from Wellbeing and Slow Festival at the Fire Pit Camp in Wendling - A yoga session. Picture:

Scenes from Wellbeing and Slow Festival at the Fire Pit Camp in Wendling - A yoga session. Picture: Matthew Usher.


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'Taking our time over little things helps us to improve our health, physically and mentally and I think this is particularly important for kids growing up in this generation.'

The festival, which was organised by The Fire Pit Camp, The Free Spirit Network and Danceitation, was attended by about 500 people on Saturday. It featured yoga, meditation, reiki, crystal healing, arts and crafts, poetry, a drumming circle and healthy food and drink.

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Mrs Hughes-Green said: 'There has been a lot of interest in holding the festival again next year. We're looking to hold it over two days.'

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