Sunday 22nd September 2019

10:00 – 17:00

Eat, Dance and be Merry!

This year we are once again proud to have the LESS Harvest Market as part our health festival.  Located in Lancaster’s historic Market Square (the city received its Charter as a market town and borough in 1193 and this year we not only have the market with its an excellent local food, we not only have our very own RLI chefs cooking up the goodies, we not only have circus skills to entertain and back by popular demand, we will be having as our grand finale the Lancaster Health Festival conga!  Whether you can dance, dad dance or do a jig..  you’re in!

Learn to cook with the RLI chefs


The chefs from Royal Lancaster Infirmary will be on site to teach you how to cook a meal.  There will be a chance to learn a £3 recipe. As well as hints and tips using ingredients produced with-in a 20 mile radius

College of FE – Cafe

The College of FE return for a second year to provide refreshments throughout the day, pop in for a piece of tea and cake!

Mini Health MOTs

Come and have your free 5 minute health MOT and make sure you’re in tip top shape! The team are able to check your blood pressure and provide some simple ways to keep healthy and live longer


On Sunday 22nd September 2019 at 2pm we are attempting to beat Lancaster’s longest conga record. We will be dancing to the sounds of the amazing samba reggae band Samba Espirito

Participants of all ages are welcome, come and be part of Lancaster’s very own historic conga. Please note this event will take place even if raining; however please be aware the ground may be uneven, wet and slippery in places.

 (Meet in Market Square 1.45pm)  

Here’s a video of Samba Espirito in action!

The RLI Mortuary Tours will return in 2019.

We organised mortuary tours for the health festival in 2018, and they proved incredibly popular. We had people from the other side of the country getting in touch to attend! So we’re running them again this year.

The tours for Sunday have now sold out

Tai Chi, Live Music and the Cha Cha Plank!

At the market we will have lots of activities including taster sessions for Tai Chi and live music.

In addition we’ll have Steve’s Cha Cha Plank. Steve has been raising money all year for Cancer Care and we’re thrilled to host one of his daily (yes daily!) Cha Cha Plank challenges at this year’s health festival.

Active lives will be onsite 10-4 come with the Rowing Machines –  Can we row the 53 miles of the River Lune?

  • 11am – Tai Chi
  • 12 midday – Chair Based Exercise
  • 1pm – Cha Cha Plank Challenge
  • 2pm – Conga
  • 3pm – Chair Based Exercise

The market is a great chance to buy locally sourced produce and enjoy freshly cooked food!

Stop the traffic!

There will be a short service and 1 minutes’ silence for all victims of trafficking in our city on Sunday 22nd September at 9.45 am.  Market Square.

No health without justice.




We will be running an adult and junior korfball tournament on Sunday 22nd September at University of Cumbria Sports Centre (the two competitions will be on different pitches but in the same hall).

The junior tournament is for ages 7-12 (Years 3-7) and the adult tournament for ages 18+. Teams should be made up of 4 players (2 male and 2 female) or players can register as individuals and we will ensure that they are included in a team.

By running the two tournaments concurrently, we are hoping to encourage families to participate together as well as, with schools, having staff teams competing alongside their pupils. Korfball is a fast-paced team ball sport, similar to basketball and netball but designed to promote gender equality.

Players can register for the junior tournament at:

or for the adult one at:

or by emailing [email protected]