Wednesday 14 September 2011

Remaining Events for 2011

2011 has been a busy year for us at Sorazora. Spanning the weekends from the last of May until the end of September we will have exhibited at a broad range of events, festivals and shows. 17 events has been the most for us in any season by far and a great way of meeting customers from all walks of life and a massive learning experience of the general public's awareness of environmental issues. With just two events remaining for this year, we are already busy designing and planning for 2012. The remaining events are listed below.

The Royal Berkshire County Show
17th - 18th September

Berkshire's Newbury Showground will again be the setting for this weekend's show which promises to be packed full activities and entertainment. This will be our first time at the show, but fourth time to be exhibiting at a County show through EcoVillage.

EcoVillage was set up to provide green and ethical organisations a distinct area within big events that allows us to promote environmental issues to larger audiences. More information about EcoVillage can be found through the following link.

One particular attraction at this year's show that is of great interest to us is the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas. The band was formed in 1859 as part of an Indian Army Gurkha regiment, but now based in Folkstone. For more information about this band, please follow this link, Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas

Out Of The Ordinary Festival
23th - 25th September

Out Of The Ordinary is a three day celebration held over the autumn equinox in the countryside between Brighton and Eastbourne. This will be our third year to join all the people at OOTO for this eco friendly family festival.

Aside from musical entertainment, OOTO offers a wide range of talks and workshops, from bushcraft to circus skills. All packed into a friendly and intimate setting, it will be our last event of the season and a good chance to meet friends and relax. Naturally, we will be explaining the benefits of natural dyes and natural fibres and perhaps demonstrating some traditional craft skills.
For further information regarding this festival please follow the following link,

Mayor's Thames festival 2011

The Mayor's Thames festival is a free multicultural celebration of London and the river Thames that succeeds in promoting environmental awareness and community spirit. Held over the weekend of the 10th & 11th September, Sorazora were pleased to participate in the festivities that spanned the South bank from the London Eye to Tower Bridge.

This was out third year to exhibit our range of natural fibres and natural dyes at the Thames festival and our second to be exhibiting in front of two of London's historical landmarks. The Tower of London sat across the river with Tower Bridge connecting it to the South bank.

Joji Hirota and his world-renowned Taiko drumming ensemble performed at More London's The Scoop on the Sunday to a packed crowd. A wide range of performances kept people entertained throughout the weekend at this free event. For more information about Mr Hirota, please follow the following link to his website.

The weather was mostly good for this part of the world and just brief spells of rain made an appearance on the Sunday. The resulting rainbow was ample compensation for the day's drizzle.

For more information regarding the festival, Tower of London or Tower Bridge, please follow the following links.

Tuesday 6 September 2011

Lodestar Festival 2011

2011 saw the third annual Lodestar Festival held in the beautiful Fenlands surrounding the village Lode in Cambridgshire. Being held in the first few days of Autumn, we were blessed with two days of glorious clear skies followed by a slightly greyer Sunday.

The Line-up of musical talent is expanding year on year and so to are the number of people attending. Not only was the crowd larger, but also the site layout with the addition of a healing area and more stalls. Bands that particularly appealed to me were the Magic Numbers and also the return of Ryan Keen and The Jude.

Pictured below are Chris & Tom who will participate in The WoodVale Atlantic Rowing Race at the end of this year. The boys will depart from the Canaries and hope to arrive in Antigua up to three months later. Whilst raising money for Parkinson's UK, we wish them all the success and hope they enjoy this challenge of a lifetime. To learn more about the boys, the boat or the race, please visit their website

Cambridge Community Circus we on hand throughout the event to provide both entertainment and workshops for those wishing to try their hand at juggling, unicycle and a host of other circus skills. For a more detailed look at all the activities on offer at Lodestar, please check out

Last year I mentioned in the festival's review that this was a festival destined to grow.. and it has. I can't wait to see what next year will bring. Word of mouth will continue to do Lodestar justice as everyone attending had a really enjoyable time.