Yestival is a celebration of
community, positive mindset and
Set in deepest autumn with ideas and inspiration, this is a place to make new friends and plan for the future in the perfect setting, at a festival designed to recharge and ignite every seed of positivity you've ever felt.
Set in rolling green West Sussex countryside, we enjoyed a weekend full of talks, workshops, walks, discussions and games during the day, then inspirational lectures, a bit of comedy and chilled out music at night. This is a festival with an emphasis on discovery, inspiration and discussion, rather than drinking and partying.
Families were welcome, so much so that we have our own little corner of family magic to keep kids and parents happy, it's called DreamCamp! This was a festival for anyone who has ever had a dream and either seen it through or decided to hold on until the right time.
Yestival is a reminder of human potential and our power to make it count. We're also really proud to be the UK's first ever single-use plastic free festival, and we've managed this two years in a row now. Everything's possible if you think a little differently.
Kindness at Yestival 2018
This year we partnered up with Help Refugees who are a lovely bunch of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Starting as a simple hashtag in 2015 the organisation has grown to helping over 722,000 people in need of food, clothing and shelter across Europe and the Middle East. They act fast, they spend money where it is needed the most and they make an enormous impact. At Yestival this year, we asked for your help with donated items which were sent with volunteers to where is it needed the most. Click here to find out more…
DreamCamp is a magical corner of Yestival for youngsters and families to come and explore their dreams. Epic mini adventures, games, bushcraft & fires, and a camp tuck shop. Kids imagine that you can do anything, and we mean anything!
We're really proud to have held what we think is the first ever 100% single-use plastic free festival. We work closely with the Meek Family, Keen Footwear and others to ensure that this is a Plastic Clever event, meaning no single-use plastic anywhere during the festival. A free reusable water bottle went to each guest, a Yestival mug was used for all drinks from the cafe and bar, and food was served and eaten using recyclable paper and wooden plates and cutlery.
THE FIELD OF DREAMS
Check out this 8min film made about Yestival 2016 by the amazingly talented Ben Arthur.
We're really proud to have a top quality programme of trailblazers and change-makers on our stages. And a community of 500 of the most awesome people you'll ever meet, all in a field together. Check out what went down last year in the field of dreams!
FROM YES TO YESTIVAL: THE BACKGROUND STORY
Since Dave Cornthwaite turned his personal SayYesMore motto into a wider enterprise in 2012 it remained an organic, positive idea.
People began to act on the message, heading out and achieving adventures, starting businesses, quitting jobs (that they hated), fixing things, simplifying their lives. They’d often send in images wearing SayYesMore shirts in epic places.
At the beginning of Summer 2015, Dave decided that rather than take on an adventure of his own, he’d remain in the UK and see how many of his Facebook audience he could turn into real friends.
And thus the SayYesMore Summer Series was born. Once or twice a week Dave would invite people to take a train out of London, spend time with a group of strangers and camp out under the stars. They came, in their hundreds!
Yestival is a celebration of this Summer’s success and a chance to have one big campout before the Winter sets in.
The Yestival Philosophy
Designed around the SayYesMore ethos of creating small lifestyle choices that add up to big changes, Yestival 2018 was our fourth big event, and an opportunity for a community of like-minded, driven people to come together in order to investigate options for personal and social positive change.
With a host of speakers, talks, activities and seminars covering topics as diverse as adventure, finding work we love, kindness, bravery, community building, freedom, environment and passion projects, it was a celebration of over four hundred people in a little field near London for a weekend of camping and life-changing discussion.
This wasn't a music festival, although there were plenty of tunes in the evenings. And it wasn’t a drinking festival either - it was a chance to take things to the next step while surrounded by nature, good people, and a determination to break down fears and make the most of life, regardless of what's happened in the past.