THREE Cumbrian women have joined together to stage an unusual summer festival dedicated to fitness and an active lifestyle.

The Eden Escape Festival, organised by fitness instructor Wiz Lees and yoga teacher Leigh-Ann Newburn from Shap, will be held at Mains Farm, Kirkoswald, in the northern Lake District at the end of May. Together they will be joined by Keswick-based wild-swimming guru Ali Phillips.

The festival will to be a family-friendly weekend festival of music, activities, and adventure on the banks of the River Eden.

Wiz is a personal trainer and fitness instructor, and Leigh Ann teaches yoga, and together they created Fox Red Events to organise the festival, which had a small-scale launch in 2019.

After two years hit by the pandemic, they’re planning to offer adventures on a local level and a staycation experience for the whole family.

Ali, a well-known blogger for Girl About the Lake District, will be contributing her expertise to the river-swimming side of the adventures.

Staged at a farm camp site which already has pods, tipis and bunk rooms for hire, the festival promises a real escape from the ordinary, a time to get away from it all, spend time together outdoors, getting active and enjoying great company and great food.

There’s lots of activities on offer including fitness classes for all levels and abilities, yoga workshops, massage therapies, adventure films, music, campfires, swimming in the river, street food and a marketplace.

There’s a big barn for music, and films to be shown by Kendal Mountain Festival as well as inspirational speakers, a host of skills workshops such as night running and Nordic walking, and a lot of activities for children.

Accommodation can be booked in the pods, tipis and bunkrooms, but visitors can also bring their own tents and campervans and there are plenty of hot showers. Onsite catering is provided by local food outlets, and there’s a bar.

As well as a weekend full of outdoor activities the organisers also promise a chance to get your dancing shoes on with an 80’s theme party on Saturday night.

Wiz said: “We want to show that you can have an adventure without doing something extreme, like going off to climb Kilimanjaro.

‘’We want to give you a taster of some of the awesome things that are available to you, right on your doorstep’’

Leigh-Ann said: “Making an adventure can be something you can do without having to travel far.

“This is beautiful countryside, with the chance to have mini-adventures, learn something new – or just chill out for the whole weekend.”

The dates are May 27-29 and bookings can be made now at