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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

The Table - Julie Cooper

3rd until 24th March

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

Exhibition open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 5pm, or by appointment.

Easter Eggstravaganza

March 31st 2018

The Swan at Hay Hotel, Hay-on-Wye

Stay with us on Saturday 31st March and enjoy an Easter Cream Tea on arrival with Prosecco. Once settled in later that evening, enjoy a three course dinner in our Garden Room. Wake on Easter Sunday to a wonderful Welsh Breakfast to set you up for your journey home. £180 per couple or rollover your stay on the Sunday for £85 based on B&B rate

Easter Sunday

April 1st 2018

The Swan at Hay Hotel, Hay-on-Wye

Easter Sunday lunch - 3 courses for £22.50 per person. Children £12.00. Easter Egg Hunt at 3pm with a possible visit from the Easter Bunny! Free Egg for each child when pre-booked

Independence Celebrations and #BookstagramHay

30th March - 8th April


On 1st April, 1977, Richard Booth proclaimed himself to be King of the Independent Kingdom of Hay. That spirit of independence has attracted outsiders, mavericks, free spirits and trendsetters ever since. A varied and brilliant ten-day programme for all ages will celebrate the world famous Town of Books and ALL that it has to offer!

Fitzwilliam Quartet:Hay Chamber Music Festival

27th April 2018, 7pm

St Mary's Church

THE FITZWILLIAM STRING QUARTET. Quartettsatz in C minor D703. String Quartet in A minor D804 (Rosamunde). String Quartet in G major D887. Tickets £15.00 (students £7.50) online or at the door.

Hay Chamber Music Festival

April 27th 2018

The Swan at Hay Hotel, Hay-on-Wye

Rooms start as little as £110 for a Classic Double including breakfast

Dragonfly String Trio

28th April 2018, 11am

St Mary's Church

COFFEE CONCERT with DRAGONFLY STRING TRIO. Mozart Divertimento in E flat major K563 (Coffee and light refreshments available before the concert) Tickets £10.00 (students £5.00) online or at the door.

Spring Saver

March & April 2018

The Swan at Hay Hotel, Hay-on-Wye

Take advantage of our fabulous Spring Saver Offer and book a superior double room including dinner and breakfast for 2 guests for £149 during March and April

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.

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.

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

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!