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Hay and the surrounding area is the ideal place to tick off some of those ‘must do’ activities. Why not try hiring a canoe to explore the scenic River Wye, or perhaps hiking or mountain biking across the Brecon Beacons, or maybe even take the swing ropes challenge? If that all sounds to energetic perhaps enjoy a BBQ by the river and a 'wild' swim.

Whatever it is you choose to do Hay and its wonderful surroundings have something for everyone, from families to adrenaline junkies, it’s a fabulous playground in the most perfect place.


Middle Cefn Farm
Ewyas Harold

Paintballing and Laser Clay Shooting in the Herefordshire hills. Our paintballing site consists of 60 acres and is the perfect venue for birthday parties looking for a memorable way to celebrate; corporate and school groups who are looking for team building; hen, stag parties; plus groups of friends who’d like to break out of their normal routine with an action-packed day out. If paintballing is not your cup of tea then we also run a laser clay shooting activity which is similar to the traditional sport of clay pigeon shooting but without the dangers. The system is portable so we can bring the activity to your venue or location.

Battlelands Battlelands

Battlelands Battlelands


Shrub Cottage

InterActivities is a family run professional business with over 20 years experience in giving people an exciting and safe adventure in the outdoors. Working within the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Black Mountains and the Wye Valley, we can offer the following great activities: Canoeing, Caving, Gorge Adventure, Guided Hill Walks, Archery, Raft Building, Teambuilding and more. We provide friendly, experienced instructors who are qualified to national requirements for the activity you are undertaking and we hold the AALS license. We welcome people of all ages and abilities including families and friends, School and Youth groups, Stag and Hen parties and corporate groups. Canoe hire is available on the river Wye, Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal with all equipment provided and transport back. We can provide you with a personal tailor made experience whether its for one day or a whole week.

InterActivities InterActivities

InterActivities InterActivities

Hay Festival Winter Weekend

The Drill Hall
25 Lion Street

Hay Festival Winter Weekend, 28 November - 1 December 2019. Fun for all the family over three days in the town of books, Hay-on-Wye. On the banks of the River Wye, beneath the Black Mountains and on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Hay is a year-round destination for culture lovers, with its dozens of bookshops, vintage clothes and craft markets, food fair, beautiful B&Bs, independent cinema, and cosy cafés, pubs and restaurants. 2019 speakers and performers will be announced later in the year.

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Hay Festival Winter Weekend Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Black Mountains Gliding Club

The Airfield

Gliding Lesson at Black Mountains Gliding Club. Take a flight in a dual controlled glider, with a qualified instructor. The glider will be towed up behind the tow-plane to a nearby hill or to 2000ft (dependent on conditions). You will fly within the Brecon Beacons National Park, and perhaps share a thermal with a buzzard or two. You may even see a red kite - several live nearby. The airfield is located in an idyllic setting, at the base of the Black Mountains, with panoramic views to the west. During the 20-30 minute flight you will be invited to take the controls. Your instructor will help you understand how the controls work and you will be able to fly the glider yourself. This is an excellent introduction to gliding.

Black Mountains Gliding Club Black Mountains Gliding Club

Black Mountains Gliding Club Black Mountains Gliding Club

Tregoyd Mountain Riders

Lower Cwmcadarn farm
Hay on Wye

Enjoy the beautiful open countryside of the Black Mountains from horse back with Tregoyd Mountain Riders. Choose from an hour’s ride, half day ride or, full day ride of 4 to 5 hours that includes a picnic or pub lunch. The use of riding hats is included and preliminary instructions are given to all riders. People ride in groups to suit their ability/experience accompanied by our experienced and qualified Ride Escorts. For the more experienced riders, join our Hack and enjoy a faster more exhilarating ride. Pony paddocks can be booked for children under the age of 7. We are 5 miles from Hay on Wye near Felindre. Booking is essential, we need your heights and weights so we can allocate a suitable pony/horse.

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Tregoyd Mountain Riders Tregoyd Mountain Riders

Wye Valley Canoes

The Boat House

The Wye Valley Canoe Centre sits on the banks of the River Wye, located on the bridge at Glasbury. We are one of the longest established canoe hire companies on the river Wye, offering canoes, kayaks and double kayaks. Paddle for a few hours or a few days, ideal to spend time with friends and family enjoying this beautiful stretch of water. We can accommodate the few to the many, including instruction for schools and works outings, as well as those just looking to get away from the buzz of the working week. All enquiries are very much welcome. We take pride in being able to give you an experience that will furnish your memories, bringing you back to the River Wye for many more future adventures. Licensed by AALA

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Wye Valley Canoes Wye Valley Canoes

Black Mountain Activities Ltd

Outdoor Pursuits Centre
Three Cocks

At Black Mountain Activities we provide a variety of exciting outdoor adventure activities for both kids and adults alike. Our adventure days are available as a half day, a full day or combined over several days to make a great activity break. Our friendly team of staff are always happy to answer your enquiries and help you put together some great activity days, whether it is for a family day out, social get-together, kids party, stag or hen do, a corporate event or a school residential course - we have something for everyone!With the emphasis being on fun our dedicated team of experienced instructors will make your time at Black Mountain Activities a time to remember. Established since 1992, AALA Licensed and BCU Approved.

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Black Mountain Activities Ltd Black Mountain Activities Ltd

Hay Festival

The Drill Hall
Lion Street

Hay Festival brings readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world. The festivals inspire, examine and entertain, inviting participants to imagine the world as it is and as it might be. The Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye, 21 - 31 May 2020, presents a most vibrant programme of conversations and performances yet. Prize winning writers, stars of stage and screen, pioneers of science and technology, enlightening poets and artists, world leaders, and a host of family favourites, converge for conversation and fun in over 800 events across 10 days of the half term holiday. Join us!

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want to canoe?

Racquety Farm
Hay on Wye

River Wye Canoe Hire, Expeditions and Guided Adventure Tours. want to canoe? is ideally situated on the banks of the River Wye in Hay on our organic, family-run farm. Along your journey, you can expect to see a number of spectacular and fascinating characters in their natural habitats, including kingfishers, herons, cormorants, swans and otters – all from the prime viewpoint of your canoe. Contact Clare and Aubrey in the office to start planning your adventures.

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Freerein Riding Holidays

The Coach House
Clyro Court

2 - 7 Day trail riding holidays through the Radnor Hills and Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales. A herd of fit, friendly and forward going trail riding horses and a network of thirty overnight trail stops at guest houses and inns across Wales from border to coast. Ways to explore with Freerein - Self Guided Trails: For competent riders wishing to explore the hills without a guide. Guided Trails: * For riders wishing to join a sociable group led by a guide. * Or hire your own guide just for you. * Learn to Ride: For adult beginners seeking friendly guidance in riding and looking after a horse in the hills.

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Village Circus


Whether you are looking simply for a beautiful canopy to shade your guests, hand crafted decor to bring your venue to life, giant games or even some walkabout perfomers to entertain your nearest & dearest, Village Circus are here to help. Having decades of experience on the festival circuit, creating bespoke venues, creative shows & decor we can make your party something that will be well remembered.

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Event Planning

Not got the time to plan, but would like to experience all that Hay has to offer? If you are looking to plan a special occasion with friends, family or even a works 'do' we can offer you a complete bespoke party and event planning service tailored to your needs. From castles and adventure, to luxury pampering. We will help you plan a unique and unforgettable experience.