It sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? A niche festival for all. Hear me out though, I promise it makes perfect sense. I’m on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Builth Wells in Powys, Wales. It’s the middle of August, and we’re heading towards the end of the festival season…..
‘Never ever in my life could I have imagined myself doing something like this…we’re living the dream’. In celebration of their 1st year anniversary, I bring you the story of Azimuth, paving the way forward for astrotourism and our greater appreciation of the wonders of the Universe.
2017 is well under way, and most of us are looking forward to travel opportunities for the year ahead. My schedule is still in the planning stages, but compiling a wish list is a good way to get started – so here’s mine!
It’s not that I have anything against water, but I’ve always been more of an over-lander or fly-driver when it comes to international travel. So tomorrow is going to be a case of in at the deep end (metaphorically speaking, I trust), as I head off on my first cruise proper, to the Norwegian Fjords. By ‘first cruise proper’ I mean something beyond a cross-channel ferry, which is as far as I’ve ventured so far...
It was almost midnight, one night midway through the 2nd week of August. Most sensible folk were heading for restful slumber, but me? Armed with flask and red-light torch, and sporting umpteen layers of clothing, I was about to join a car-full of people I didn’t know very well on a foray into the West Sussex countryside.
This weekend sees me returning to the great outdoors for my first Solarsphere Festival experience. It’s part of a growing trend in astrotourism activities and events around the world and I’m excited to be visiting a part of Wales (Builth Wells) I don’t know and combining 3 of my favourite things; travel, astronomy and music.
High above the citrus groves of the Almanzora Valley, beyond the sun-baked terraces of traditional Spanish pueblo life, strange white-domed shapes loom like imposing bulbous giants atop the pine-clad Sierra de los Filabres.