The Hay Festival is one of the most popular literary festivals in the UK and is back in Hay-on-Wye in 2018. This annual event attracts thousands of visitors from all over the globe, and is a real treat for book lovers. The festival celebrates the greatest written works from not only published authors but also comedians, scientists and lyricists.
From humble beginnings around a kitchen table in 1987 the Hay Festival has gone on to a full festival site, featuring stages hosted by the Telegraph and the BBC as well as food halls, cafés and restaurants. Described by Bill Clinton as “the Woodstock of the mind” notable speakers have included Stephen Fry, Desmond Tutu, Ian Rankin and even politician Boris Johnson.
The nearest airport would be Cardiff International or rail-links from London Heathrow. Entrance to the main site of the festival is free, as are a number of the events on offer. Presentations and talks by more household names within the festival are mostly ticketed at between £5 and £20.
With some big names across all professions it is advisable to check the programme in advance, calling the box office on 01497 822 629 for any events that may require tickets. Students can book a place for no charge at all and if you’re a keen writer yourself, then take advantage of the festival workshops.
If you are planning to visit Wales for the Hay Festival, choose from a variety of private rentals, houses and apartments near to Hay-on-Wye. Whether you are looking to rent directly in Hay-on-Wye, or travel from elsewhere in Wales it is easy to get around via public transport or make use of the shuttle bus from Hay town centre and reach the Hay Festival.
Why not take a book from the festival and stop off for a read in the countryside at the Warren, explore the history of Hay Castle and if you’re in town on a Thursday pick up some local produce at the Hay-on-Wye market. If you’re feeling adventurous climb the nearby Black Mountains.
For more information about Hay Festival: Watch “Hay in a Day”, ticket information, programme guide, events and workshops, Haydays events, travel and other information check the official website here.
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