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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 Fair on the Square

26th - 28th May 2018, 10am-5.30pm

Hay Memorial Square

Enjoy a free weekend street party with live music, food and eclectic vintage stalls in the centre of Hay-on-Wye. Taking place during the Hay Festival of Literature, in a colourful marquee in Memorial Square and with the historic Hay Castle as a backdrop, we present a back-to-back programme of live music from some of the best live acts from across the region. Soak up the festival atmosphere, tap your feet to great bands, fill up on delicious food, rummage through the vintage stalls and enjoy this weekend of festivities. For details: Juliet Noble, 07970 556813

Hay Festival 2018

24th May - 3rd June 2018

Brecon Road, Hay-on-Wye. HR3 5PJ

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

Everesting Gospel Pass

Sat 16th & Sun 17th June 2018

Drovers Cycles, Forest Road, Hay-on-Wye

An epic charity cycling challenge requiring 16 ascents of Gospel Pass to achieve the height of Everest! Sign up as a solo rider, pair or team entry or just come along and support the challengers. Base Camp at Drover Cycles will be abuzz with entertainment, BBQ, bike expo and more.

A gentlemen’s afternoon tea to make Dad feel special

Sunday 17th June

The Swan at Hay, Hay-on-Wye

£14.95 per person to include all his favourites: pork pie, sausage rolls, and Guinness cake.

Wedding Fayre

1st July 2018, 10am - 1pm

Brobury House & Gardens, Herefordshire HR3 6BS

Whether you have just got hitched or have been planning your dream wedding for ages, you are cordially invited to our lovely Wedding Fayre on Sunday July 1st 2018. We will have the very best of Herefordshire wedding suppliers joining us for the day so do please join us for this splendid event.

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.

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

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

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.

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!