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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

Hay Jazz - Janice Day & Martin Litton

Saturday 21st July, 7.30pm

St Mary's Church, HR3 5ED

Virtuosity, melody and laughs delivered by the internationally-renowned pianist and authentic vintage vocalist.

Solem String Quartet

Thursday 26th July, 7.30pm

Richard Booth's Bookshop, Lion Street, HR3 5EB

Amy Tress (violin), William Newell (violin), Alistair Vennart (viola) and Stephanie Tress (cello) perform works by Haydn, Thomas Ades and Beethoven. Refreshments available during the interval. Tickets from

The Royal Welsh Show

23rd - 26th July 2018

Showground, Llanelwedd

The pinnacle event in the British agricultural calendar. Along with an exciting four-days of livestock competitions, with entries travelling from far and wide to compete, the show has something to interest everyone through its wide range of activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, shopping, food and drink and a 12-hour programme each day of exciting entertainment, attractions and displays.

Hay Horse Show

Sunday 29th July

Show Field, Hardwick Road, Cusop, HR3 5TD

First event 9am. Classes include: Dressage, Working Hunter, Showing, In hand Showing, Show Jumping, Mini Jumping, Carriage Driving, Fancy Dress & Fun Classes

Summer Sizzler

June & July

The Swan at Hay, Hay-on-Wye

Two nights stay £320 DBB for two in one of our Superior Rooms. Stay Monday - Thursday during June and July. Whether you are discovering Hay, enjoying beautiful walks along the river, or discovering picturesque views on mountain tops. Make sure you're building up your appetite for a delicious three course dinner each evening. Upgrades available at an additional cost.

Centenary Commemoration of the end of World War I

4th and 5th August

Hay and surrounding area

Hay-on-Wye Invites you to a Centenary Commemoration of the end of World War I

Steam & Vintage Rally

Saturday 12th August, from 9.30am

Boatside Farm, HR3 5RS

A great family friendly day out. Paws For Thought, Numerous Vintage Exhibits, Craft Demonstrations, Children's Entertainment, Car Boot, Auto Jumble and Trade Stands.

Clare Hammond (Piano)

Sunday 12th August, 3.00pm

Dorstone House, Dorstone, HR3 6AW

Come and hear works by Haydn, Edmund Finnis, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov and more. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the gardens from 1pm. Teas available in the gardens after the concert. Tickets from

Drover Cycles Brecon Beacons Devil Sportive

Sunday 19th August 2018

Starts and Ends in Hay

This road cycling event is open to all, with three stunning routes taking in the best of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Radnorshire Hills. From the moment you leave Hay on a twisting mountain road there are amazing views and nothing more than sheep and skylarks to disturb the peace and quiet. For just £29 enjoy a fully signposted route, amazing feed stations, mechanical support. Goody bag and medal for all finishers.

Family Summer Offer

July & August

The Swan at Hay, Hay-on-Wye

£140 Bed & Breakfast for two adults & 1 child under 12. Relax with the whole family in one of our Family Rooms. Available between July and August 2018. All offers are subject to availability.

Afternoon Tea

All year round

The Swan at Hay Hotel, Hay-on-Wye

Served 3pm - 5pm daily. £14.95pp or add a glass of fizz for £19.95pp. Bookings can be taken for other times. 24 hours notice required

Fidelio Piano Trio

Sunday 9th September, 3.00pm

Dorstone House, Dorstone, HR3 6AW

Darragh Morgan (violin), Adi Tal (cello) and Mary Dullea (piano) play pieces by Donnacha Dennehy, Ravel and Schoenberg. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the gardens from 1pm. Teas available in the gardens after the concert. Tickets from

Abergavenny Food Festival

15th - 16th September 2018


Abergavenny Food Festival enjoys an exceptional reputation as a place for chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers to come together. We are known for being an inclusive and welcoming event, delivering a delicious opportunity for people from all walks of life to explore and learn about food.

Volksrenije Choir from St Petersburg

Sunday 7th October, 3.00pm

St Mary's Church, HR3 5ED

A welcome return of this outstanding small Russian choir with their fine voices and entertaining presentation in a programme of secular and religious music from Russia and elsewhere. Refreshments available during the interval. Tickets from

The Amyas Ensemble and Duo Maddalena

Tuesday 6th November, 7.30pm

St Mary's Church, HR3 5ED

The Amyas Ensemble and Duo Maddalena perform a feast of sacred and secular mediaeval music from England, France and the Netherlands for lute, woodwinds, vielle-á-roue (hurdy-gurdy) and voices. Refreshments available during the interval. Tickets from

Hay Festival Winter Weekend

22nd - 25th November 2018

The Swan Hotel, Hay-on-Wye

Festive magic for all the family, 22–25 November 2018

The Big Switch On, Hay Does Vintage, Hay Food Festival

22nd - 25th November 2018


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. This kicks off a weekend of celebrating Christmas in the 'Hay way', you don’t want to miss it! Including Hay Winter Weekend Festival, Hay Does Vintage and Hay Food Festival. This is the REAL Hay-on-Wye, where visitors and the local residents can celebrate the special time of year and this unique little town together – see you there!

Elin Manahan-Thomas (soprano) and Elizabeth Kenny (lute and theorbo)

Tuesday 11th December, 7.30pm

St Mary's Church, HR3 5ED

A festive programme of wintry favourites featuring scenes from Purcell's Fairy Queen and King Arthur, hymns to the Virgin, celebratory Christmas songs by Bach and Scarlatti and traditional carols and Noels. Elin and Elizabeth's popular alliance will sprinkle some musical magic on a dark winter's night. Refreshments available during the interval. Tickets from