Gallery: Showers fail to dampen spirits as third Wellbeing by the Lakes festival gets underway

Nasreen El-Mariesh, Organiser, Wellbeing by the Lakes (left) with (l-r) Sonja Lockyer; Lynne Franks, OBE, and Katy Theakston. Picture: Dorset Biz News.

By Staff Reporter [email protected]

Published: September 8, 2022 | Updated: 10th September 2022

The occasional rain deluge didn’t dampen the spirits as this year’s Wellbeing by the Lakes festival began its four-day run.

Returning for its third year, the festival is at the 26-acre picturesque sculpture park, Sculpture by the Lakes, at Pallington near Dorchester.

The event includes a wide variety of wellness educators and advocates, from best-selling authors and life coaches to fitness and yoga instructors.

Attractions include The Market Place, packed with stalls from independent and local artisan producers selling everything from jewellery, clothing and ceramics to homeware, essential oils, art and much more.

Bookable classes include Pilates, yoga and sound healing.

The festival is on until Sunday, September 11.

Nasreen El-Mariesh, Organiser of Wellbeing by the Lakes, said the festival had got off to a strong start.

She added: “It’s going wonderfully considering that it’s rather windy – and a little wet – but everyone is in high spirits and pleased to be here, as always.

“We’ve got some new additions to the festival this year, including a sauna and a cold plunge pool, and the new stage area. The talks have been really well received.

“It’s over the four days until Sunday and we have tickets available for anyone who wants to come and join us.

“The park is one of those beautiful places where we can take over a thousand people every day.

“Ticket sales are going well. Thursday is always the quietest but there’s availability for the rest of the days.

“Everyone loves the festival and we get really good feedback.

“It’s such a beautiful festival and we keep the cost down as much as possible to make it accessible and offer value.

“The setting is sublime.

“But what really makes this festival is the people that take part, the stall-holders, the artisan producers and the organisers – Simon, Mo, Jenny and the team here – and Ellie who hosts the main stage.

“Everyone’s got the same intention, to create a beautiful, conscious event where people can learn and get wisdom and inspiration.”

The festival is open from 10am to 6pm daily until Sunday.

Tickets cost £17.50, and other bookable workshops and classes are available.

No children under the age of 14 or dogs (except for guide dogs) can be permitted.

More information, and tickets, is available here.


Gallery – Wellbeing by the Lakes. Pictures by Dorset Biz News.

Mell Oliver, Sunshine Bindery.

Hebe Ibbotson, of Boochacha, and Rachel Lowry.

Charli Rees and Sarah Barnes, We Grow Colour.

Kate E Randall.

Alice Whitemore, The Zen Hub.

Sophie Clarke, Sandbanks Jewellery.

Daisy Valentine, Daibi Fungi.

Elly Harvey, Elly Harvey Silverware.

Victoria Letten, Trifle Bazaar.

Krystyna Sargent.

Viktoria Orszagh, Vicreates.

A panel discussion on the Riverside Stage.

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