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Hay is a unique and perfect place to have a #greatstayinhay, you will be amazed at how much is on the Hay calendar.

In late May the town buzzes with the excitement of the Hay Festival, which attracts authors, artists and visitors from across the world. There are themed pop up nights in The Gallery, DJ’s at The Globe or you can catch the latest film releases at the luxurious Richard Booth’s Bookshop cinema. There are food festivals, vintage events and of course fantastic local country shows. There is something for everyone to have a #greatstayinhay

Sophie Tute & James Burnett Stuart

Thursday 26th October - 10am – 5pm

The Table, 43 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye. HR3 5AA

Painting and Pots. An exhibition by James Burnett-Stuart and Sophie Tute.

Sophie Tute & James Burnett Stuart

Saturday 28th October - 10am – 5pm

The Table, 43 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye. HR3 5AA

Painting and Pots. An exhibition by James Burnett-Stuart and Sophie Tute.

Guided Adventure Session

21st - 29th October

Want to Canoe, Racquety Farm, Hay-on-Wye. HR3 5RS

Spend a half or whole day with our coaches on the glorious River Wye. Comfortable kit provided, tandem, three man or rafted canoes, skills sessions, small group sizes, friendly and supportive atmosphere, family-friendly, games and activities.

Black Mountains Lions Bonfire & Firework Display

5th November 2017

Baskerville Hall, Clyro

Gates Open 6pm. Bonfire lit at 6.45pm and Fireworks 7pm. Adults £4, Children £1. Free Car-Parking. Variety of stalls including Soup and Hotdogs!!

Christmas Lights ‘The Big Switch ON!’

Friday 24th November

Cheese Market / Memorial Car Park, Hay-on-Wye

See Hay-on-Wye transformed into a winter wonderland brimming with festive cheer as a very special guest turns on the town’s Christmas Lights during Hay Festival Winter Weekend. It’s an evening of family fun to kick off the weekend in good spirits.

Hay-on-Wye Winter Food Festival

Saturday 25th November - 10am – 5pm

Memorial Car Park, Hay-on-Wye

It’s free, just turn up!

Hay Does Vintage!

Sunday 26th November - 10.30am – 4pm

Memorial Car Park, Hay-on-Wye

Here we go again! The TENTH vintage and retro fayre to be held RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF HAY!! Come along and enjoy over 50 fantastic traders in THREE venues selling everything from vintage clothes, kitchenalia, furniture, posters, books, jewellery, textiles and lots more. £1 on the door. Not-for-profit event.

Hay Festival Winter Weekend

23rd - 26th November 2017

The Swan Hotel, Hay-on-Wye

Festive magic for all the family, 23–26 November 2017

Christmas Artisan Market & Café

Sunday 3rd December - 10:30am – 4.30pm

The Swan @ Hay, Hay-on-Wye

There will be lots of stalls full of handcrafted gifts and treats for you to buy, and one or two (must be booked) festive workshops too. A Christmas Cafe will serve mulled wine, prosecco, warm drinks and mince pies.

Black Lion Jazz

Every Friday night from 8.30pm

The Old Black Lion, Lion St, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AD

The Old Black Lion is becoming a popular venue on the jazz circuit with some excellent musicians Our house band are the Dave Price Trio and we also have a special visiting musicians once a month. No entry charge, but tables can only be reserved if dining.

Hay Festival 2018

24th May - 3rd June 2018


The 31st annual Hay Festival. Hay brings writers and readers together to share stories and ideas in events that inspire, examine and entertain.