Hay Festival is free to enter and is packed with activities, tempting places to eat and drink, exhibitors to browse, and places to simply sit and read.
The bookshop is a large and airy space with plenty of room for all ages to relax and browse. It stocks books by all authors attending the Festival and more, and will host book signings as usual. Please note that only one book per person that is not purchased from the Festival bookshop can be accepted for signature. The bookshop is open from 9am daily.
Visit the new Hay Festival Shop to find perfect gifts for your friends and family – and perhaps a treat for yourself. Hay Festival T-shirts and hoodies are annual bestsellers, and there is a wide range of stationery from pens and pencils to leather-bound notebooks. You can also buy gift vouchers, which are redeemable against items from the shop during the Festival and online afterwards at hayfestival.org/shop, or against tickets for Festival events.
Discover the benefits of joining the Hay Festival membership schemes: Friends, Patrons and Benefactors. Come to the membership desk in the Box Office for a chat or to join on the spot. More information at hayfestival.org/join-us.
The Festival’s gardens provide the perfect place for you to relax with a book and there is plenty to keep young children busy at our Make & Take Tent, where collage, glue and paint reign supreme. You will also find many free events and workshops, some of which require booking in advance, so please remember to check the programme at hayfestival.org for more details.
Come and see wonderful artists at work in the Make & Take Tent and find out what it’s like to be a working illustrator. See who’s in residence each day on the chalkboard outside the Make & Take Tent and check it out on #HAYDAYS.
Drawing Europe Together is an exhibition in the Summerhouse of artworks created by 45 children’s book illustrators from across Europe who have shared their powerful visions of the European Union's shared past and its unsure future. This is a passionate and heartfelt exploration of Europe and what it means to many of the people who live and work within its borders. Limited edition prints from eight of the exhibiting artists – Axel Scheffler, Chris Riddell, Emily Gravett, Catherine Rayner, Judith Kerr, Thomas Müller, Jörg Mühle and Thé Tjong-Khing – will be available to purchase from the Hay Festival shop.
A new covered space for festival-goers to relax in, created by our friends at Serious Readers. The Serious Reading Room is open throughout the Festival, offering a comfortable spot for contemplation between events, as well as surprise, free readings from star festival speakers every day. Visit hayfestival.org/wales/serious-reading-room for the daily schedule of performances and follow @seriousreaders.
Hay Festival is pleased to welcome Paula Bonet as British Council Illustrator in Residence. She will be illustrating her impressions of the Festival throughout the weekend of 25–28 May. Paula Bonet is part of Hay Festival Europa 28 (hayfestival.org/europa28), a project celebrating the work of 28 women – one from each European country – in literature, science and the arts. Europa28 will be launched at Hay Festival 2019 and will culminate in a Festival in Croatia in the summer of 2020. You can see Paula’s illustrations on the Hay Festival International Writers’ Blog, Hay Festival social channels @hayfestival and on the British Council’s website: literature.britishcouncil.org.
HCA degree students from different departments are bringing exciting and varied content to the Festival this year. Illustration students are running workshops and creating artwork around the site. Performing Arts, Music and Contemporary Design Craft students are staging A Bottle of Happiness, a joyous and resonant story about the gift of sharing; and Graphic Design and Animation students are creating infographics about the Festival’s sustainability agenda, Green Hay (hayfestival.org/green-hay).
There will be a phone and laptop charging facility available in the Food Hall from 9.30am until 6pm daily at a charge of £3 per phone/laptop.
Exhibition stands include handcrafted and vintage clothing, jewellery, local art and crafts, Welsh textiles and lavender products, prints, unique homewares, gourmet food and drink, children’s clothing and accessories, travel, education, magazines and charities.
Aardvark Safaris operates in Africa and the Indian Ocean, as they have since 1999. They take pleasure in helping you achieve your wish list while recommending the hidden gems and out-of-the-way places that turn your safari from ‘good’ to the ‘holiday of a lifetime’.
A Book On One Page takes every single word from a book or short story and creates a visual representation for your wall; their prints also make for a very novel gift. Every word is completely readable and all their prints come embossed and numbered. Their range consists of titles from such authors as Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, William Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. During Hay Festival 2019 they'll be running a Facebook competition to give away a free print. Pop by the stand on site to check them out.
Back Mountains College is an undergraduate and vocational college for the future dedicated to creative, experimental and adaptive thinking to meet the coming transformations in our society and economy. Come and join them for their 2019 Summer School offering a collection of courses on art and science, experiencing the landscape from different disciplinary perspectives and stimulating the senses to integrate new ways of seeing, thinking and being.
Bobbi handmade children’s clothes are fully reversible and designed so children can get the most out of their clothes – in every sense! The focus is on the designs being functional and durable as well as fun and stylish. Buying handmade, British products shouldn’t only be an option for a select few – Bobbi like to make their high quality products as affordable as possible. They also constantly change their fabric ranges so each design isn’t around for long – meaning every piece is unique.
bobbihandmade.co.uk | 07817 327 141
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Its vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs. How can you help? Sponsor a cat pen or take part in the weekly lottery.
New spirit – old tradition. Exhilarating drinks derived from the bountiful hills of Wales. These spirit drinks have been enhanced in the medieval country tradition of adding extra fruit, herbs and spices as pick-me-ups and stimulants, to produce magical elixirs.
celticspirit.co.uk | 01407 730 021
Chock Shop produce the largest selection of chocolate brownies in the UK. Also served with warm chocolate sauce and cream.
Claire Vaughan is an ethical designer-supplier of homeware and gifts at fantastic prices. Ceramics, linens, glassware, cards, wrap and collectable wall art all capture the breathtaking beauty of nature.
clairevaughandesigns.co.uk | 01981 551 187 | 07510 747 211
Colcombe House Ciders is an emerging craft producer founded by Kier Rogers. His award-winning ciders are finding their way into notable bars and restaurants across the country. Apples are hand-selected from his single estate orchards in Herefordshire.
Ewemoo is based in Wales, within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons. They provide quality handcrafted gifts for every occasion. Their aim is to introduce something different, gorgeous and quirky into your home. A delightful selection of gifts, from the heart of the country straight to your door.
Farmers' Welsh Lavender are makers of luxurious body creams and balms, and purveyors of other useful daily provisions. See what they have in store as they bring a little bit of their windswept Welsh hillside to the Festival. Farmers’ headquarters is just half an hour away from Hay where, in 2003, journalist Nancy Durham and philosopher Bill Newton-Smith set out to see if lavender would grow at 1,100 feet. It did, and the oil they distil on the farm is the unique ingredient in many of their products.
Greenpeace works to defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions.
greenpeace.co.uk | 020 7865 8100 | 0800 269 065
HAM follows the contented life of Rabbit – capturing his daily adventures, sporting escapades and social outings in silhouette form on a range of thoughtfully crafted homeware and paper goods.
A slice of decadence with your wine, perhaps? Hannibal Brown's Deli brings you a hand-picked range of specialist artisan products with which to create the perfect picnic. Why not indulge in their world famous Iberico ham, sensational Suffolk salamis, home-made hummus or delicious olives, among other delicacies – there's plenty to choose from.
Hannibal Brown offers artisan wines from all over the world, with an emphasis on organic and ethical winemaking, including a range of vegan wines. Visit their stand and discover their unique literary theme, only available at Hay Festival. Hannibal Brown also provides a bespoke label design and personalisation service; using your photos, images or company logos, they will design you a wine label on the wine of your choice. This service is available while you wait. Hay Festival visitors will be able to take advantage of a special Festival discounted rate. Hannibal Brown delivers nationwide daily and worldwide with no minimum order requirement. All of their wines will be available to try before you buy throughout the Festival.
On site for the seventh consecutive year, Kelli and Jo look forward to welcoming old and new friends to their boutique. Come and rummage through the rails in search of glorious one-off treasures. Find plenty of clothes, accessories and jewellery with Jo (Hay Does Vintage) and Kelli (Vintage Tramp).
The Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen is a co-operative not-for-profit group of skilled artists and designer craft workers. Members produce a wide range of contemporary and traditional work in a variety of media. We are all based in and around the beautiful county of Herefordshire.
Award-winning Ludlow gins are lovingly distilled in handmade copper stills ‘Joy’ and ‘Felicity’ by artisan distiller Shaun Ward. Delicate and fragrant natural botanicals, including locally foraged gorse, are skilfully distilled with the finest spirit. Their handcrafted gins are available to sample at Hay Festival 2019; they’re even gluten-free and vegan friendly.
Mari Thomas is an award-winning Welsh designer-jeweller, producing beautiful collections inspired by language and landscape. She works in solid sterling silver and gold. Designs range from Champagne bubbles to snippets of poetry etched onto the jewellery.
www.marithomas.com | 01558 660 001
Whether travelling the world or exploring closer to home, Mountain Warehouse has what you need for any adventure. Visit their shop on the Festival site – you’ll find it packed with great value outdoor gear, accessories and some exclusive Hay products, the proceeds of which will be going to Hay Festival Foundation.
NMiTE (New Model in Technology and Engineering) is located in Hereford and aims to be the city’s first university with a focus on engineering. Visit NMiTE’s Ingenuity Studio 1, a refurbished shipping container, to experience engineering using an array of digital equipment to address real-world challenges.
Visit the Oxfam Bookshop on the Festival site – you’ll find it packed with great books, cards and CDs. From contemporary fiction to history, cookery to children’s titles, they’ve got it covered. Better still, every purchase helps fight poverty now and beat it for good.
Prospect brings together the sharpest minds on the ideas that define the modern world. What results is an entertaining and informative magazine combining compelling argument and clear-headed analysis. At Hay Festival 2019 you can try three issues for £1 and receive a free bottle of wine. Visit their stand for more information, find out more at prospectmagazine.co.uk or follow @prospect_uk.
The songbirds and music makers we love are at risk of falling silent: join staff on the RSPB stand to find out how we can all shape a future where wildlife can thrive. Will you help to support a conservation movement?
Home of the world’s best reading lights, Serious Readers has over 250,000 fans in more than 60 countries around the globe. Owners of Serious Readers’ lights include authors, surgeons, MPs, judges, academics and royalty – wherever a great mind needs a great light, you will find Serious Readers.
The Great English Outdoors make and source beautiful things from natural materials – source-assured unusual tailored clothing and knitwear for men and women, objects for the home and garden, handmade leatherwork, Welsh blankets and textiles – all from the well-known shop in Hay and online. Owner Athene English works with Still Ethical, a unique clothing and homeware collection. Designer Sophie Mason works in close collaboration with artisans in India and Nepal, exploring her passion for handcrafted textiles.
An opportunity for members of the public to talk to Royal British Legion fundraisers about how to support the charity which provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families, helping them to live on.
britishlegion.org.uk | 0808 802 8080
For more than a century, the TLS has been the leading international literary forum; now, it is the UK’s fastest growing weekly magazine, bringing the best writers and thinkers to bear on the most important books and ideas. Please do visit them on site, where they’ll be glad to tell you more about who they are, what they do, and why it matters – plus goody bags, exclusive subscription offers and full access to the TLS app. For further details, go to the-tls.co.uk.
TooFar Media publishes award-winning immersive stories by author Rich Shapero. Download the TooFar Media app and enter five stories that fuse fiction, music and art, changing the way you experience literature. Come discover more at their Craft Reader Gallery on site at Hay Festival 2019 or visit toofarmedia.com.
Working hand in hand with the Kuccia fashion brand, accessories brand WINGS is a one-stop accessories shop for all Super Heroes, Unicorns, Fairies, Mermaids and Butterflies. Everyone will get the chance to shine in their unique collection of light-up LED festival wings and sequin capes. Specialising in two sizes of wings: kids (ages 3–12) and adults (from 12+). Whatever your shape, size, age or gender, Kuccia have the wings for you!
Makers of beautiful fire pits, artisan tools and accessories for real fires; handcrafted bellows, log baskets, fire irons and storm lanterns. You will also find stunning and practical fire pits with grills and paella pans to cook on. Made in Herefordshire by traditional craftspeople using local sustainable materials and British steel.
The Woodland Trust wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife – join them to discover how planting a tree can make a difference. Meet the friendly team and learn about their ambition to plant a tree for every person in the UK by 2025.