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The Sunday Times Presents Life Lessons Festival

By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 17:22, 15 November 2019

The Sunday Times has announced the launch of their brand new thought festival, presenting a never-before-seen take on wellbeing. Bestselling authors and world-class thinkers combine under one roof for an insight-fuelled weekend of talks and debates, as Life Lessons shares big – but practical – ideas for living better.

Boasting thought leaders such as Bill Bryson, Derren Brown, Richard Dawkins, Marie Forleo, Ruby Wax and Alain de Botton, the festival will see influential figures share their unique life lessons for a happier, healthier and more inspired life. With its writers and columnists at the forefront, The Sunday Times will ensure that ideas and information are not only cutting edge, but rigorously researched and, ultimately, scientifically sound. In an arena saturated with conflicting advice and opinions on wellbeing and healthy living, this weekend will offer festival goers not only a fresh perspective, but real, tangible knowledge to carry forwards into day-to- day life.

The weekend features over 40 talks from more than 80 speakers, along with an abundance of mindful activities including yoga, meditation, sound therapy, crafting and more. Designed with a structure that will allow guests to not only learn from experts but others around them, with taster sessions to explore new skills, and examine their career potential Life Lessons is a chance for attendees to design a better future for themselves.

Visitors will build their own bespoke programme from topics such as nutrition, health, sustainable living, business, society and psychology. The festival will tackle questions both big and small, from whether it’s possible to design a perfect society, to which foods are beneficial for both humans and the planet.

Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director of The Sunday Times, said of the event, “Every day, we are bombarded with new ways to improve ourselves, to be happy, to live well. It’s impossible to work out which ones are the real deal and which are just snake oil. Until now. 

At the inaugural Life Lessons weekend, our mission is to find the answers to life, the universe and everything. With the help of a carefully curated line-up of smart thinkers, we’ll apply a healthy dose of scepticism and a large chunk of science to an industry and world built on promises. Is clean eating really good for you? What does a healthy society look like? Is it possible to parent mindfully? And where are we on butter?

Visitors can join the mailing list from the 10th November, with a 48 hour pre-sale for all sign ups from the 29th November and general release going on sale on the 1st December. Ticket packages will include different tiers for desired talks over the two days.

Visit for more details and to pre-register for tickets

Notable speakers include: Bill Bryson, Derren Brown, Marie Forleo, Richard Dawkins, Ruby Wax, Alain de Botton, Extinction Rebellion, James O’Brien, Rev Richard Coles, James Wallman, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Aaron Gillies, Dr Rupy Aujla, Nadia & Katia Narain and Lorraine Candy

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