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KBC and WellFest are returning to bring Europe's largest outdoor health, fitness and wellness festival all around Ireland on a summer tour.

Which city is next on their wellness pop-up list? Cork Showgrounds, Curraheen. 

Corkonians will get a real taste of what WellFest is all about on July 6, with experts such as Karl Henry, Roz Purcell and Derval O'Rourke set to feature.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tickets to the Cork wellness event are now on sale, and those who attend can look forward to leaving the place feeling refreshed and inspired to put health first.

The pop-up has the most incredible line-up, involving some of Ireland's biggest names in the health and fitness industry.

Bestselling cookery author, personal trainer and host of podcast Bite Back, Roz Purcell, will make an appearance. The nation's leading personal trainer, broadcaster, and host of The Real Health podcast, Karl Henry, will also be a guest.

We're so excited to see Olympian, world champion, bestselling author and coach on Ireland's Fittest Family, Derval O’Rourke on the panel. She's an absolute queen.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tom Dalton, founder of TD Fitness, will also be on the discussion panel, as well as Damy Redmond of Platinum Pilates; The Coaching Circle; mobility expert Brian O’Loughlin of Movement 101 and yoga and meditation instructor Lee Tracey.

Some of the highlights from the day includes a wellness panel with the three line-up stars, Pilates with Damy Remond, bodyweight HIIT with Tom Dalton and a slow yoga flow and meditation with Lee Tracey to wind the day down with relaxation.

Self-care, self-belief and resilience will also be a prime focus of the day thanks to The Coaching Circle. It's guaranteed to inspire you to progress yourself, a bit like The Fab Five from Queer Eye.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The WellFest Summer Tour hosted a sold-out wellness pop-up event for 500 lucky visitors in Salthill, Galway recently.

The tickets to the Cork day are highly limited, and are available now for only €20 on wellfest.ie. Cork WellFest will occur from 10am until 3:30pm in the Cork Showgrounds.

In 2019 alone, Wellfest has attracted over 10,000 people to it's life-changing event, which promotes a healthy lifestlyle both physically and mentally. This year looks set to be the best yet.

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Roz Purcell is leading tha charge when it comes to incorporating wellness – for the body, mind and planet – into her lifestyle. 

The capability to create a life that places personal wellbeing, activity and the benefit of the environment makes the model and foodie the ideal ambassador for WellGood 2019. 

WellGood – a free 21-day programme, featuring tips on nutrition, mindset, fitness and yoga designed to help the nation improve their overall health and fitness – kicked off this week, and you can sign up to join the programme here.

Ahead of the healthy living launch, we caught up with Roz to get her feedback on all the things can can impact your wellbeing in modern society: 

What has drawn you towards WellFest specifically, and why is it different than any other health and fitness events?

Well, first of all, I've been to a lot of wellness events and what makes WellFest stand out is always the atmosphere and their luck with the weather. It was also the first of its kind in Ireland so it has had a huge following from the start and to see how it's grown is just fantastic.

Can you tell us more about the KBC & WellFest WellGood programme and your role in the programme?

The KBC WellGood programme is always amazing to be involved in. I get so much out of it as it's a fantastic way to get ready for the event and through my collaboration with the other ambassadors. I'm covering the food for the KBC WellGood programme so I have created easy recipes for everyone! There is something for you, whether you love a bit of meal prep, fancy a treat or love having friends around.

Your career encompasses a huge amount of variety, are there any other areas or industries which you’d like to break into?

Oh that’s a tough question!

My main passions are recipe developing and fitness but I guess one area I've never really tried, but I love, is photography. I shoot a lot of food and landscape but I would love to focus on it a bit more this year and maybe one day shoot my own cookbook!

How would you define ‘beauty’?

I understand for everyone this definition is very different but for me, my definition has definitely changed with age, I guess coming from an industry that was very much aesthetic focused you can get consumed by what you're told is beautiful in that world. But, once I grew up a bit, I realised more than ever beauty is defined by personality, confidence and warmth and it really has nothing to do with anything physical at all.

What is your advice to someone who has zero experience of fitness, diet and wellness but wants to start fresh with a healthier lifestyle?

Make small changes over periods of time, don't try to jump in all at once. Know the reason you're starting this and come back to that reason every time you think about just throwing in the towel.

How do you think wellness can aid mental health, and why do you think mental health issues in Ireland are on the rise?

Well, I'm no psychologist but speaking from my own experience it has a huge impact on me. I definitely feel better overall when I am eating well and exercising. Once again, I'm not an expert on this but my guess is that as a society we are just speaking about it more openly now. There have been some fantastic mental health ambassadors breaking the stigma to start the conversation, therefore it's not hidden like before.

How positive a light do you view social media with? Do you feel under constant pressure to keep updated with posts and blogging?

No, you can find the good and bad in anything. I choose to focus on the positive side to it. If I want to take breaks from it, I do without questioning. Everyone is far more aware that the majority of social media is a load of BS and not reality, so as long as you take it with a pinch of salt.

How did you begin your blogging career?

I started back about 7 years ago now, I think. At the start, I used my blog as a way of keeping recipes as I was finding that I had lost so many recipes without having a purpose to share them.

I also started Natural Born Feeder to share my own food and body struggles as it was during my blogging years I started to try to get help.

How would you begin a blogging career in 2019 versus when you first began?

Same way – if it's your passion that will show and grow and if you have values you'll last.

How adept at you at handling criticism and negative comments online?

I grew up modelling, I'm pretty good at taking criticism. No one likes negative comments but in this day and age, it's so easy for people to type mean things from the safety of their laptop.

I guess, depending on the comment you probably need to be able to distinguish if it's a fair comment because no one gets things right all the time, or if it's just someone being nasty for the sake of it.

What Irish social issues do you feel most connected to?

Well come on, that's a bit shitty to just pick one? I think as a woman I'm pretty good at multitasking and fighting for multiple issues. I speak more about climate change on my social channels as I discuss food waste and personal impact but that doesn't make me feel less connected to the homelessness crisis or fair healthcare. 

How do you maintain an eco-friendly lifestyle, and do you think this type of lifestyle is niche or do you see a trend of food, wellness, health and beauty blogging moving towards being more environmental-focused?

It's great so many influencers are trying to seed it through.

However, it's really up to policymakers in Ireland to make it a priority and stop burying their heads in the landfill.

Last year Ireland ranked one of the worst performing countries in action on climate change in the EU, I think everyone should lobby their local TD's to make sure climate change is on their agenda.

You can sign up to make a lifestle change with WellGood 2019 here.

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Thousands of people are set to gather at the Royal Kilmainham Hospital this weekend, May 12 and 13, to explore and enhance their nutrition, fitness, and mental health at WellFest.

WellFest, in association with KBC, is Ireland's largest health, fitness, and wellness festival. The event is sure to have a little something for everyone – including celebrity appearances! 

Former Big Brother presenter Davina McCall will be leading a barre box blend class and Q&A session. The mum-of-three, while still a fixture on the small screen, has also become a fitness guru. We can't wait to see what she brings to WellFest!

As well, for all you foodies out there, the festival will be packed with cooking demonstrations galore! Our stomachs are already grumbling thinking of all the nutritious nibbles we'll learn how to make.

David and Stephen Flynn, the brothers behind The Happy Pear, are set to have a live cooking demo, along with Irish model Roz Purcell and Ella Mills of Deliciously Ella.

Combining fitness and food, Joe Wicks will be leading a high-intensity interval training workout, along with a cooking demo and Q&A. Joe rose to fame with his cookbook Lean in 15, which has sold over 900,000 copies.

And for all you yoga nuts, international stars GypsyOn and Patrick Beach will be at WellFest, too!

Of course, mental health is a key element of wellbeing, so performance psychologist Gerry Hussey has specially curated the 'WellMind' area of the festival.

If you're hoping to get in on the fun, there's a limited number of day and weekend tickets left that can be found at WellFest's website.

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Calling all fitness fanatics – the WellFest line-up just got all the more exciting. 

The festival is taking place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on 12th and 13th May.

Some of the faces you'll see over the weekend are Joe Wicks, otherwise known as The Body Coach, Davina McCall, Roz Purcell and Brian Keane.

 

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New additions to the line up include The Happy Pear, who are WellFest veterans at this stage, returning for their third year. 

Also at the WellFood area will be James Kavanagh and partner William Murray, who will be showcasing their joint venture Currabinny. 

POUND Fitness will be curing your cardio cravings on the main stage on Saturday, and later Hollywood celebrity trainer Simone De la Rue AKA ‘Body By Simone’  will host one of her famous dance cardio sessions.

 

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Taking things down to a more mindful level are yoga experts Shona Vertue and GypsyOn, who will be leading their yogis through a mind and body-bending session.

On Sunday, the headline slot goes to The Body Coach, as Joe Wicks lends his expertise to the Irish crowd. 

Health and fitness guru Maeve Madden will also join the star-studded line-up on the WellFit stage. 

The full timetable has just been revealed here, so snap up those tickets if you fancy sweating it out. 

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Wellfest kicked off in Herbert Park, Dublin this morning, and we're getting major FOMO looking at all the snaps from the amazing health, fitness and wellbeing festival.

The likes of Joe Wicks, Coach Kavanagh, Rob Lipsett and Roz Purcell will be on hand over the weekend, giving talks, workshops and seminars.

Here are a few snaps of the day unflolding. If you need us we'll be watching Youtube yoga tutorials to ward off the fitness FOMO. 

 

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WellFest – Ireland's only health and fitness festival – is coming back to Dublin's Herbert Park, and it already has a great line up.

Taking place on May 6 and 7, the festival is set to host some of the world's best-known fitness stars for talks, classes and demonstrations.

Some of the faces you'll see over the weekend are Joe Wicks, otherwise known as The Body Coach, John Kavanagh, Roz Purcell and Kathryn Thomas.

 

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Herbert Park will be transformed into eight WellZones, which include the WellStage, WellFood, WellKids, WellTalk, WellMind, WellYoga, WellStrong and WellPilates.

If you fancy heading along, here's the line up for the whole weekend:

On Saturday, 6th May, presenters not to be missed at WellFest will include:

  • WellStage, 11.00 – 11.40am: Instagram Yoga sensation duo GypsyOn.
  • WellStage, 12.00 – 12.40pm: International health and fitness icon, Joe Wicks ‘The Body Coach’.
  • WellFood, 1 – 1.40pm: Cooking demo with Lucy Bee.
  • WellTalk, 4.00 – 4.50pm: Q&A session with John Kavanagh, coach to MMA superstar Conor McGregor.
  • WellStage, 4.00 – 5.30pm: Kathryn Thomas, founder of Pure Results Bootcamp, Ireland's premier all-inclusive fitness retreat and weight-loss bootcamp.
  • WellFood, 5 – 6pm: Cooking demo with healthy eating guru and founder of Natural Born Feeder, Roz Purcell
 

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For the second day of WellFest, Sunday, 7th May, programme highlights include:

  • WellStrong, 10.40 – 11.20am: The Fit Foodie Power House with Derval O’Rourke.
  • WellStage, 11.00 – 11.40am: Bootcamp with Pat Divilly, who runs Ireland’s most successful personal training empire. 
  • WellFood, 12.00 – 12.40pm: Healthy food enthusiasts The Happy Pear.
  • WellStage, 1.00 – 1.40pm: ‘Vertue Method Bodyweight Blast’ with PT, author and yoga teacher Shona Vertue.
  • WellTalk, 1.00 – 1.40pm: London based PT and doctor, The Food Medic.   
  • WellStage, 2.00 – 2.45pm: Master Trainer of the renowned Barry’s Bootcamp – Faisal Abdalla.
 

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A limited number of tickets for the festival are still available at www.wellfest.ie. Weekend tickets cost €65, while day passes are available for €40. 

Tickets include unlimited access to classes, talks and workshops on health, fitness, nutrition, cookery, yoga, pilates, mindfulness, and more.  Kids under 12 go free.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 12 months, you’ll be aware that when it comes to health and fitness gurus, Joe Wicks is at the top of his game right now.

With the help of his bestselling books and uber-excitable presence on social media, The Body Coach has schooled the public on how to eat more, exercise less, and still lose weight.

And, now, he’s coming to Dublin.

Appearing alongside Roz Purcell, Kathryn Thomas and Pat Divilly at Wellfest 2017, Joe will be at the helm of the two-day event which provides the public with exercise and cooking demonstrations in Dublin’s Herbert Park.

Co-Founder Katie Ryan commented on the line-up which also includes The Happy Pear, Conor McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, and PT and Online Coach, Siobhan O’Hagan.

“We’re bringing together some of the biggest names in the health, fitness and wellness industries for WellFest 2017,” she said.

“The festival is now in its third year, and is established as a ‘must-attend’ event for those with an interest in their personal fitness and health. “

“We’ve been able to attract a star-studded line-up for May, featuring some of the most exciting health and fitness experts from Ireland and abroad.”

If ever there was a time to overhaul your lifestyle, it’s now.

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