WHAT IS SWF (SUNDERLAND WELLNESS FESTIVAL)?

A health and wellbeing festival in Sunderland, bringing together a number of health and wellbeing professionals from around the North East, to deliver a full day of classes and talks.

WHERE IS SWF LOCATED?

The Bonded Warehouse. Set just outside of the city centre, Bonded Warehouse is a rare survivor of Sunderland's former industrial landscape. With its exposed brick, original beams and distinctly urban feel, Bonded Warehouse is a unique venue housed in a mid 19th century grade ll listed warehouse.

Sunderland is a vibrant area in the North east of England, located 10 miles southeast of Newcastle and 12 miles northeast of Durham. A home away from home, it's filled with friendly faces, beautiful beaches and picturesque country parks.

WHEN IS SWF HAPPENING?

Sunday 14th July 2019.

CAN I BUY A TICKET FOR MYSELF AND A FRIEND?

Unfortunately not. We need everyone to create their own profile and to agree to the Terms and Conditions. Also, by creating a profile we have contact information for all the attendees, which we will need at a later date to arrange your selection for the classes/talks.

I DIDN’T RECEIVE A BOOKING CONFIRMATION:

Please double check that you have actually completed the full booking process.
When it is your first time booking with WELLNESS SPACE, after you select to buy a Sunderland Wellness Festival ticket, you will be prompted to create a profile. You will then have to go back and select to buy a Sunderland Wellness Festival ticket AGAIN, and it is here you will be asked to put in your card details and physically purchase your ticket.
If, after following all of these instructions, you still don’t receive a booking confirmation, please CONTACT US. Please note that you won’t be able to book yourself onto the event if you have already booked in. Our log in systems prevent double booking. One person can only book one ticket.

CAN I GET A REFUND IF I DON'T GO?

Unfortunately, we don't offer refunds for the festival, be we do offer transfers (see below). Please see our Terms and Conditions for full details.

CAN I TRANSFER MY TICKET?

Yes, you can transfer your ticket to another person. Please CONTACT US with your name and the name and email address of the person you want to transfer your ticket to. 

CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN?

You can bring anyone over the age of 16 who has a valid ticket. Unfortunately, we do not provide classes and cannot accommodation for children under the age of 16. 

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?

The minimum age is 16. There is no maximum. As long as your fit and healthy, it doesn't matter how old you are. When picking your classes, make sure you know your limits. We are not responsible for any injury caused during, after or because of the festival. Attendees take part in all classes at the SWF at their own risk. 

CAN I BRING MY PET?

Although we love all pets, please leave them at home. This is about you and we don't want you having to worry about anything else. 

CAN I COME IF I'M INJURED?

This is something for you to decide. You need to consider how bad the injury is and what you have been told to do by your Doctor. If you are still able to participate in classes without disrupting the class, then please feel free to come. You can always rest when you need. We are not responsible for any injury caused during, after or because of the festival. Attendees take part in all classes at the SWF at their own risk. 

IS IT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS?

Absolutely! If this is your first time on a yoga mat - or even to an exercise class - we welcome you with open arms. We are delighted you have chosen the SWF as your time to give these classes a go. The whole idea behind SWF is to provide an opportunity for people to try things they have never tried before. 

CAN I STILL ATTEND IF I'M PREGNANT?

First of all, congratulations! Unfortunately, we don't have any prenatal classes this year, but we do have a range of other classes on our SCHEDULE that you may be able to attend. However, please make sure you:
- Consult your Doctor and take their advice on what to do at the festival.
- Listen to your body and don't push yourself.
- Look at what you should and shouldn't do during pregnancy. As a general rule, you shouldn't twist, jump or bare weight on your belly. 
- Look online for advice. Here is one great resource from MINDBODYGREEN
- Tell every Yoga/Pilates Teacher at the festival that you are pregnant. They will inform the Hands-On-Help Volunteers and will help you modify poses/exercises.

CAN MEN COME?

Yes! Did you know that yoga was once an all-male practice? For hundreds of years, women weren't allowed to practice yoga and it wasn't until around the 1940s that women were allowed to take part. Luckily, times have changed and we encourage both males and females to join us. 

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HOW DO I GET THERE?

Please follow the below address on Google Maps or your own navigation system:

Bonded Warehouse, Fish Quay, Low St, Sunderland SR1 2RQ

If you are travelling by car, SWF is easily accessible off the A1(M) motorway and the A690. 
If you are coming locally, SWF is easily accessible using local bus and Metro transportations. The nearest Metro station is Sunderland or St. Peters.
Sunderland itself does have a train station; however, Durham and Newcastle train stations are also easy accessible, and connections can be made to Sunderland from here by bus or train respectively.
The nearest airport is Newcastle, however Sunderland is also in close proximity to Durham Tees Valley airport. 

WHO'S TEACHING AT SWF?

With the vision of making this a festival powered by local people, we have recruited a number of teachers from around the area and beyond. Check out the LINE UP page for more information.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Cash
Photo ID
Water bottle
Snacks to keep yourself going throughout the day
Yoga mat
Money for food

DO I NEED MY OWN YOGA MAT?

Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one. There will be some mats to rent but they will be on a first come first serve basis. You will need to give your photo ID to rent a mat.

IS THERE SOMEWHERE TO KEEP MY VALUABLES?

Unfortunately, no lockers or personal storage areas will be available. Bags will be placed at the back of the room during each class. Please do not bring anything of value to the festival. We take no responsibility for any money or valuables lost or stolen. 

WHAT SORT OF CLASSES ARE AT SWF?

There are a range of yoga, Pilates, and strength and conditioning classes. As well as a number of talks lead by leading healthcare professionals. There is something for everyone and definitely enough to keep you entertained for the full day. See our SCHEDULE for more details. WHERE CAN I PARK?

There is lots of FREE on-street parking around Bonded Warehouse. Sunniside Multi Storey and High Street West Car Park are also only a 5 minute walk away. Click link to see PARKING PRICES.

IS THERE A REGISTRATION PROCEDURE?

Yes. You will pass the Check-In Desk as soon as you enter The Bonded warehouse. You will need your ticket and valid ID.

WHERE CAN I GET FOOD AND BEVERAGES?

The Bonded Warehouse have food on offer throughout the day. See FOOD MENU here.

WILL THERE BE WATER AVAILABLE?

Water stations will be available around the venue.

CAN I TAKE PICTURES AT SWF?

Most definitely. If you do take pictures and put them on your social media accounts, please tag @SunderlandWellnessFestival and #sunderlandwellnessfestival2019. Please be mindful when taking pictures and only take them before and after class. Taking photos during class could be extremely disruptive. 

IF I'M COMING FROM OUT OF TOWN, WHERE SHOULD I STAY?

There are lots of hotels on offer to accommodate any budget. Hotels for SWF can be booked through any hotel booking site. Check out our WHERE TO STAY page for our favourites.

HOW CAN I WORK AT SWF?

We are always on the look out for local health and wellness instructors to teach/present at SWF 2020; as well as DJs and musicians to play music during classes. If you think you have something that would add value to the next SWF, get in contact and let us know. Check out the GET INVOLVED page. 

CAN I VOLUNTEER AT SWF?

Absolutely. We need two types of volunteers.
Firstly, we need Hands-on Adjustors. You need to be a qualified Yoga/Pilates Teacher who is confident with hands-on assists during classes.
Secondly, we need Logistical Volunteers. You will help with checking tickets, answering questions, preparing rooms, as well as arranging mats and equipment.
As a Volunteer, you receive a free ticket to the festival and when you are not helping out you can attend any class/talk you wish. 
Check out the GET INVOLVED page to apply. 

IS THERE WIFI AT SWF?

Yes, there will be wifi. Look for the posters around the building or ask our volunteers for the username and password.