Yestival is coming back between October 20th to 22nd 2017. A celebration of community, positive mindset and adventurous thinking.

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.

Held in rolling green countryside at Brinsbury Agricultural Centre in West Sussex, enjoy a weekend full of workshops, talks, walks, discussions and games during the day, then comedy, inspirational lectures and chilled out music at night. This is a festival with an emphasis on discovery, inspiration and discussion, rather than drinking and partying.

Families are welcome, so much so that we have our own little corner of family magic to keep kids and parents happy, it's called DreamCamp! Anyone who has ever had a dream and either seen it through or decided to hold on until the right time, this is the festival for you.

Yestival is a reminder of human potential and our power to make it count. And that means being able to have fun, too!

Not going to yestival was my biggest regret of last year
— Jon

PLASTIC CLEVER

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 was 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. 

 
“It was nothing short of brilliant. Thank you so much for such a great weekend. Not just for me, but for what you clearly did for others who were there. The weekend had it all. Except for one thing - announcing the date for next year. Please do that at some point.
— Rob Young

THE LINE- UP

We're really proud to have a top quality programme of speakers from the worlds of adventure, science, tv, community building and entrepreneurship. Our speakers are trail blazers and change makers, and they stay for the WHOLE weekend, thats the deal! 

FOR THE EARLY BIRDS

On Saturday and Sunday mornings we enjoy a triple bill choice for Yestival guests: the best free fitness class in the world with Project Awesome, rocking out without a whisper in our Silent Disco or finding zen with Itchifeet Yoga

 

THE FIELD OF DREAMS

Check out this short film made about last year's Yestival, and get ready for more of the same in 2017

WHAT IS YESTIVAL?

SayYesMore Founder Dave Cornthwaite chats about the birth of Yestival and what makes it such a special event.

 
 
Yestival is like a positive mental asylum.
— Anna Mcnuff
 
Amy and Ella Meek were the stars of Yestival2015, and will be playing a big part in the 2016 festival. We can't wait!

Amy and Ella Meek were the stars of Yestival2015, and will be playing a big part in the 2016 festival. We can't wait!

DREAMCAMP! STARTING YOUNG

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!

 
It’s Monday morning and I’m back in the office but my head and heart are still in the Field of Yes! I can’t get any work done because all I can think of is my Yes list and all the possibilities out there. On the commute/ train to work this week I have had to hold myself back from hugging my fellow passengers but I am smiling more so trying to bring happiness to the busiest, squashiest (that’s now a word :)) commute going into London. Your enthusiasm, happiness, love and hugs are infectious, and so refreshing. And to think I nearly didn’t go because I didn’t know anyone. I have SO many more kick ass friends now. The world would be a better place if more people were like that, you’ve actually changed my life. I can’t say any more than that. Thank you so much.
— Tamsyn O’Donoghue
 

TELL US YOUR STORY

Do you have a "yes" that led to an incredible life change? We'd really like to hear it, and if you're keen, we'd love you to share it at Yestival...

SPREAD THE WORD

Please tell your friends about Yestival and SayYesMore by sharing our FacebookTwitterInstagram and Event pages!


The Adventure Begins Here

Tommy Scargill began a tradition at the first Yestival. He pedalled through an avenue of cheering, whooping humans, his bags full and heavy, his heart racing. Tommy was leaving Yestival on his bicycle, and he was heading to China

Tommy Scargill begins his epic cycle ride to China from Yestival. Photo by David Altabev

There wasn't a dry eye in the house. Everyone felt Tommy's emotion and everyone was asking themselves, 'what are WE going to do?' Such a special moment, not just for Tommy but everyone there to experience the start of something life-changing.

We've got another huge journey starting at Yestival 2016, perhaps even bigger than Tommy's. All we can say is, make sure you don't miss it.


WHERE ADVENTURE MEETS ACTION: 
ONE-ON-ONE COACHING AT YESTIVAL WITH FIONA QUINN

Taking the leap from corporate to start up isn't easy. If your business is still just an idea or you've been working on it for a while but it's not quite going as planned, take an hour out to focus on finding your next step in creating a life you love. Imagine where you could be this time next year!

Fiona Quinn is offering a 15% discount off at Yestival for an hour's wild coaching on your start up. Email her on fiona.quinn@hotmail.co.uk


Yestival Radio

Podcaster Rob Lawrence special episode recorded live at Yestival 2015

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#Yestival

Catch up on all the YesTribe and Yestival 2016 news on our Facebook event page and Twitter feed.


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, Yestival2016 is our second 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, we're so excited to invite you to join over three hundred people in a little field near London for a weekend of camping and life-changing discussion.

This isn't a music festival, although there will be some tunes in the evenings. And it's not a drinking festival either, although the bar (which is just a little bit unique) will be open from 4pm! It's 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.


What's WAITING FOR YOU AT YESTIVAL

  • More tales of adventure than any decent person can handle
  • Campfires, campfires and more campfires
  • A giant SayYesMore sign, upon which you can write your hopes and dreams
  • And a giant NO sign, for all the things that hold us back. We'll be burning this one :)
  • A stage that looks like a living room
  • Good food, all included in the ticket price 
  • That feeling of waking up in a field of tents, where everyone is equal
  • One of the funniest Irish people you'll ever meet
  • A huge tent with a very comfortable reading area. In fact, we'd like everyone attending to bring a book to swap
  • Smiles. So many smiles.