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Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival returns for a third year

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Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival returns to the Assembly Rooms on 1ST and 2nd of February for another packed weekend of talks, classes and workshops to help us lead healthier and happier lives.

The festival will feature some of the biggest names in wellbeing, covering everything from vegan and plant-based diets, physical fitness and yoga, to menopause, mindfulness, mental health and dementia.  Key themes this year are loneliness, the importance of community, the power of music, and how physical activity impacts on our mental health. 

Headline speakers include Olympic Gold Medalist Dame Kelly Holmes MBE, award-winning cookery writer and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe, Buddhist monk and bestselling author Gelong Thubten, BBC Doctor Rangan Chatterjee, Instagram’s favourite parents Mother and Papa Pukka, and world-renowned Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology, David Nutt.

Fitness classes are suitable for all levels and include yoga star Steffy White, Pilates PT instructor Hollie Grant, celebrity trainer and Nike Ambassador Faisal Abdalla, and Dame Kelly Holmes who will be running one of the first of her new Military in Motion classes. 

We are also delighted to announce that Felix Buxton of electronic music duo Basement Jaxx has written a bespoke piece for the festival which will be performed by Edinburgh’s Got Soul Choir, in partnership with Edinburgh Music Lovers. This extra special event will celebrate the power of music to bring us together, with a one off performance, and a panel discussion on how music can benefit our health.  Music will run throughout the festival, with disco yoga, sound baths, binaural beat therapy and more.

For those who want to try something new there will be workshops on how to make everything from kombucha to herbal remedies, and once again our marketplace will be full to the brim of wellness products, health advice, discounted treatments and delicious food.

This year we have partnered with Edinburgh Leisure, whose Active Communities programme harnesses the power of physical activity to tackle inequalities and combat the effects of inactivity.  Each year, they support 10,000 people in need who face the greatest barriers to being active, including those affected by health conditions, disabilities, inequalities and poverty.

We have also created partnerships with Edinburgh-based charities Street Fit Scotland and The Joshua Nolan Foundation.  Street Fit Scotland delivers a programme of health, fitness and wellbeing which aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness for people who have experienced homelessness or who are vulnerably housed.  They support anyone who has experienced issues around mental health, offending behaviours or trauma.  The Joshua Nolan Foundation was set up to reduce suicide by funding counselling sessions for those who desperately need it, whilst also improving awareness of mental health issues.

Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "I am delighted to welcome the return of the Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival to the Council’s beautiful Assembly Rooms. Last year’s event was packed with award-winning athletes, bloggers and chefs and this year’s programme is even bigger. As a champion of Edinburgh’s Festivals and as a keen runner myself, I see first-hand how culture, sport and the arts go hand-in-hand with physical and mental wellbeing. Come along to our wellness festival to be inspired by speakers like Dame Kelly Holmes MBE and hear how small changes can contribute to feeling good!”

Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival is a partnership between The City of Edinburgh Council and Good Thinking

Our media partners are i-ON, MADE and Holistic Scotland.


For the full schedule go to Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival

For tickets go to the Usher Hall website



All tickets include 10% booking fee. Discounts for Students, Senior Citizens, Disabled & Unwaged can be found on the Usher Hall website.


Day Ticket £49.50

Fitness Ticket: £27.50

Conversations Ticket: £27.50

Weekend Conversations Ticket: £44