Tristan Gooley - The Secret World of Weather

In conversation with Emily Jeffery

Tristan Gooley - The Secret World of Weather





Monday 1 November, 2021

St Mary's Church, Petworth, GU28 0AD

3.00pm - 4.00pm

Adults £10 / 18 and under £5 / Online £5

  • To buy a ticket to come in person to St Mary's, click here
  • To book a ticket to watch online* click here
  • To buy a festival pass** to watch all our streamed events online click here

We welcome back the author of The Natural Navigator, Tristan Gooley.

Each day we pass dozens of small weather signs that reveal what the weather is doing all around us. By understanding the microclimate - that is to say, the local weather - and its relationship to the land around us, we can predict weather easily.

In The Secret World of Weather we discover the simple rules that explain the weather signs and learn rare skills that should enhance every minute spent outdoors, whether in a town, on a beach or in a wilder spot, including clues to:

- stop you from getting caught in a rainstorm

- help you predict where the breeze will come from on a boat

- understand how long the current weather will last by looking at clouds

- help you understand why a shady spot on a sunny day might in fact be the place to warm up

…and generally become closer to the phenomenon all around us.

Tristan Gooley is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author, navigator and explorer. Through his journeys, teaching and writing, he has pioneered a renaissance in the rare art of natural navigation. He is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed singlehanded across the Atlantic and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society.

On booking an online ticket via the Petworth Festival’s third-party booking site Ticketsolve (, you will be sent a link in your confirmation email which will take you to the online event. Events may either be watched ‘live’, as they happen, or from 24 hours after the event time in the brochure. Please note, it is not possible to pause or rewind events being watched live. Tickets are valid for one viewing only, either of the live streamed event or the recording. Events will be available to view online via the website until midnight on Sunday 28 November. Online viewing tickets may be purchased until this date.

All online events £45. The full Festival Online Pass is like a season ticket and can only be used by the holder. The full Festival Pass holder will receive a link which will take them to a page where they can view each individual online event once (either ‘live’ or recorded).

Tristan Gooley (photo: Sophie Gooley)