Ten years of health – naturally!

Northern Ireland’s longest running health event, the Natural Health Fair celebrates its tenth year a week earlier on Sunday 3 November (noon to six), at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, at Shaw’s Bridge in South Belfast.

Feet first: Visitors can vote with their feet, literally, with on-day sampling, massage and plenty of other chill out options. Naturally a great day out!

A free to enter on the day prize draw, ‘Give Me Ten,’ promises ten great prizes for each year of the event. While event charity, Cash for kids, will have a donation-based draw on the day for natural health goodies.

The ethos of the event has always focussed on bringing complementary health to visitors and with free admission for the second year, the event is now available to a much wider audience. Combined with on-day sampling, a diverse variety of exhibitors and the great outdoors in the surrounding Belvoir Forest and Minnowburn Wood, make the event a great, healthy, family attraction.

This year’s talks and workshops offer a mixed bag and at £4 per person offer great value; the power of forgiveness lecture from Ingrid Darragh, will help those struggling with unsettled issues or indifference to move on with their lives. While Northern Ireland’s only transformational breathing facilitator, Brian Williams will offer a workshop, ‘one breath at a time,’ exploring why so many of us breathe too shallowly, causing complications such as panic attacks and anxiety. And when it comes to our health, the old adage that prevention is better than cure is realised with plenty of seasonal advice from Mayella Almazan, on avoiding common ailments in a chemical-free way.

Overall wellbeing from a holistic ‘whole person’ perspective is also high on the agenda. Ticking the boxes is the ‘nutrition for fertility’ presentation that will explore the fundamental importance of eating well for optimum health. And for those who simply want to learn how to relax, or as it is known, fall awake, the ever-popular subject of mindfulness returns, with an interesting talk entitled ‘zen in ten’ by Frank Liddy.

For younger visitors, children’s make and take crafts and face painting are complemented by the Owl Man’s annual visit; always a firm family attraction. A £2 charge covers materials for both children’s activities.

Although parking is available at the hotel, overflow space is available at the adjacent Cooke Rugby Club or by using the event’s free shuttle bus, which runs from the House of Sport car park to the hotel on the half hour from noon.

More information is available at naturalhealthfair.org and on Facebook and Twitter.