Sunday Special – Glastonbury Festival

“G” takes us to England for the ever popular Glastonbury Music Festival. I’m not much for music festivals…that I’m aware of as I’ve never been to one. That being said, this is one that I would consider attending should I decide to take the festival plunge.

This past June the festival had hundreds of stages over 5 days with an incredible line up of musicians such as Ed Sheeran, Radiohead, The Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Goldfrapp, Kodaline, and much much more. The very first time this festival was held was back in 1970 (the day after Jimi Hendrix died) and was called the Pilton Festival. It was held over two days with several acts and 1,500 people coming basically by word of mouth. Over forty years later its size has flourished to 175,000 attendees  at this now iconic event. It’s meager start was hit or miss until it became annual event in the 1980s, with the exception of “fallow” years to allow a break for the land and the organizers. It was then that a charity aspect was introduced and has since supported charitable works including Greenpeace, Oxfam and Wateraid.  


Glastonbury Festival 2011 – Photo credit: jaswooduk from UK, Glastonbury Festival 2011CC BY 2.0


Aerial view of 2002 Glastonbury Festival – Photo credit: Chris Drake, Overhead Glastonbury Festival site (2002) – – 210700CC BY-SA 2.0



Sunday Special – Hadrian’s Wall, England

The reach of the ancient Roman Empire was quite an expanse. At the time of Emperor Hadrian (117 – 138 CE) parts of what is now modern-day north Africa, Turkey, Europe and England were under Roman rule. In hopes of preventing invasions from the northern “barbarians” and to maintain his northernmost border Hadrian had the wall built. This wall, much of which remains standing today, runs 117.5 km (73 miles) from east to west from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway in Northern England. Today, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Visiting this ancient wall is relatively easy. Many sections have cycling paths or can be seen on foot. Hadrian’s Wall Path spans the length of the wall and is often quite close to it.  Walks, farms, castles and Roman history can be experienced at many places along the wall. Additionally, it is completely unguarded, thus allowing people to touch or stand on it should they desire. Though one may want to remember that doing so may damage this part of English history.


Portion of Hadrian’s Wall near Housestead, England (photo is Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons)


Remains of Housesteads Roman Fort along Hadrian’s Wall (photo credit: Owned and taken by Mediatus via Wikimedia Commons)

Sunday Special – Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England

Now that I am back into a more-or-less regular routine here in Vancouver I have decided to bring back “Sunday’s Special Spot” but with a bit of a change. Instead of a location or landmark I will also feature events. Travel is not only about just seeing a place – in many cases it is about partaking in a event. So Sunday will be about places, events and features around the globe. Some I may have visited, others are waiting to be visited and still more are to be showcased whether I decide to visit or not. Oh and one more change – as you have seen in the title, it is now known as “Sunday Special”.  Happy travels!


Located on both the borders of West and South Yorkshire on Bretton Hall Estate parkland in England, I was lucky enough to visit this open-air museum. I had been invited to see the sculpture park by an acquaintance but could not attend when they were going. I was so intrigued by this open area filled with art that I went shortly after that on my own. YSL’s 50 acres of fields and rolling hills are a great way to walk in fresh air and see the permanent and temporary displays of modern sculpture. I do admit that I had expected more sculptures however, it was still interesting and a good way to spend a sunny afternoon. Below are some of the photo I snapped.

All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju/Wanders The World

Iron Spirit by Ai Weiwei

Iron Spirit by Ai Weiwei

Sitting Lady-Hare by Sophie Ryder (my favourite statue at the park)

Sitting Lady-Hare by Sophie Ryder (my favourite statue at the park)

Ten Seated Figures by Magdalena Abakanowicz

Ten Seated Figures by Magdalena Abakanowicz

Budda by Niki de St Phalle

Budda by Niki de St Phalle

The Map Project – Bath, England

Please enjoy the next installment of The Map Project. Today’s post is by Rhiannon. It’s  filled with fun family ideas for the Bath region. Thanks Rhiannon!


River Avon, Bath, England

River Avon, Bath, England

Bath was one of the first places Eeva went to after her house sitting job in Yorkshire.  I thought I might say a few of things of what you can do with kids in Bath.

(Please check out Eeva’s blog post of March 5/15 all about her time at the Thermae Spa)

One of the cool things I would like to do, is go the Farleigh Hungerford Castle because there are hidden treasures you have to find when you visit there.  Also, is a partially ruined fortified mansion and gardens that were occupied for 300 years by the Hungerford family. And today, their intriguing yet sometimes gruesome stories are told through graphic interpretation panels and a free audio tour!

Another activity is The Hope Nature Centre. It is home to some very special and rare breeds. Such as alpacas, Hebridean sheep, donkeys and Shetland ponies. As well, as chickens! They also have small animals such as geese and rabbits. A variety of birds in the aviaries.   There is also a fairy wood where they have developed a number of mystical and fantasy areas just for kids!

Brokerswood Country Park has lots to and see and is suitable for all ages. There are adventure playgrounds for kids plus beautiful woodland walks to enjoy.

Other places I would enjoy visiting would be Writhlington Sports and Leisure Centre or the Bath City Farm!  These are just a few things I would want to do if I went to Bath.  Thanks for listening to my blog post. See you next time!