Outdoor Events in 2017

There are a lot of large outdoor events scheduled into the 2017 calendar in and around the country. The following is a summary of some of the larger and more polular ones. While dates for many are still not confirmed, you can be sure that small armies of people are beavering away behind the scenes, confirming venues, booking acts, arranging security, hiring marquees, toilets and other on-site facilities, organising routes, the list goes on!


marquee supplied by Richardsons

marquee supplied by Richardsons

25th May – 4th June, the Hay Festival of Literature is already confirmed, and in case you’ve never heard of it, yes it’s in Hay on Wye.
“For 29 years Hay Festival has brought together writers from around the world to debate and share stories at its festival in the staggering beauty of the Welsh Borders.” you can find out plenty more about it here

1st – 15th July, The Gower Festival. A music based event, with acts from around the globe, what makes this event unique is that all the acts play inside churches.
“Opening concert 2017 with the wonderful Wihan Quartet in a “Czech evening” at Newton Church.”

Date TBC – Monmouth Festival. From open air venues, marquees, churches and pubs, the Monmouth Festival aims to provide a huge range of local musical talent.
“The Festival prides itself on being extremely friendly, relaxed and an opportunity for families and all generations of people to come together and enjoy themselves.”main stage

Date TBC Pride Cymru. Most likely to remain in Coopers Field again for 2017, this pride event is, well, all you’d expect from a vibrant Madi Gras held in Wales, with it’s parade and party in the park to follow.
“The organisation meets its charitable aims and objectives via a committed team of volunteers, employees and sponsors who tirelessly raise funds for the organisation to support the main event and the project work.” find out about it here

There are plenty more events, however time is marching on and this list will be completed once more dates venues and acts are available.

Mountain Racing in Wales

A Welsh voice choir saw the competitors of the Dragons Back Race set off from Conwy Castle on Monday, they will finish (although undoubtedly not all of them) in the south at the Breacon Beacons in five days time. There were just 91 entries, although they came from 14 different countries including some as far away as Australia. The Dragons Back Race is said to be one of the toughest worldwide, hence the relatively low number of competitors.

race in walesWhen this race was last run back in 92, Helene Whittaker was one of the winners, who is back again this year. The strange thing about this particular race though, is that not only is it almost 200 miles, but also the competitors have around 15.000 metres of ascent too. Combine this with the fact that they only know each days route each morning, so are completely unaware of the terrain on which they will be running, makes for an extremely challenging race both physically and mentally.

The route is pretty demanding so fortunately the weather forecast for this week is looking surprisingly good, which will come as some relief to the participants. I couldn’t imagine trying to run a race like this, let alone if the weather is like it has been in this area for most of the summer this year.

The race also passes through some areas which are unpopulated and have very few tourists, so there is a real feeling of support for the other people in the race, even though they are competing with each other.


A Cabin in the Woods

I’ve been looking at putting up a log cabin in the woods this year, it seems like a really good idea, I can have a solar panel on the roof (provided there is an area where the sun can get through to power it of course) and/or a small wind turbine. This would give me enough power for a light and a fridge inside, this along with a small gas burner means I could spend time out there occasionally, without the need to keep heading off down the shops etc.

log cabinThere are several styles available, but the type I like most are the traditional looking ones, which appear to be made from proper logs, this painted with a Cuprinol type wood treatment, should mean that it would last a long time too.

I do need to look into the legalities of doing this, as planning may be required, but I suspect that because I’m looking at putting it on private land, and if I keep it under a certain size, I may avoid having to do this, which would make things much easier.

I also really like the idea of having those folding doors which open the whole side of a building up, they could probably be incorporated quite easily as either some kind of patio doors or bifolding doors, I’ve already had a look at some at a local showrooms and these guys have a picture on the front page of the kind of thing I’m after, albeit a bit more grand than I have in mind, but if I have the panoramic doorsones with wooden frames I should be able to make the doors blend in with the whole cabin. I just love the idea of completely opening the cabin up to the outdoors. If I think about the direction of the prevailing winds, I could even have it open when it’s raining.

The great thing about the location I have in mind is that I should be able to sit and watch quite a range of wildlife from here too, there is a Badgers set quite close by and there are foxes around the farm nearby and I dare say a range of deer in the area too.

I’ll update here as I find out a bit more about the implications of it regarding planning permission, how much the cabin will cost, if adding the panoramic doors is a viable option and how much all the little extras will be. Yes if you hadn’t guessed this is very much a price based decision.