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Festive magic for all the family, 23–26 November 2017

We are currently writing the programme for this year's Festival.

#HAYTREES – a special project in partnership with the Woodland Trust and National Trust in Wales has been launched and aims to create the first Hay Festival Wood as part of an education programme which will see tree plantings in schools across Wales and at Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The activity will culminate with a tree-themed Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Winter Weekend trees
Hay Festival Winter Weekend
Main photo: Adam Tatton-Reid

Croeso i Benwythnos Gaeaf Gwyl y Gelli rhif 17 a chychwyn yr Adfent yn y Gelli. Pa un ai ydych chi’n ymweld am y tro cyntaf neu’n ymwelydd rheolaidd, estynnwn groeso cynnes i chi i benwythnos yn llawn hwyl, straeon, cerddoriaeth a chwmni da. Edrychwn ymlaen at eich gweld chi yma.

  • Meet Father Christmas

    Father Christmas

    Sledge your way over to Richard Booth’s Bookshop on Saturday 25 November, 12–3pm to meet Santa in his bookish Grotto sleigh.

  • christmas lights

    Hay Christmas Lights

    The magical lights will be turned on at 6.15pm on Friday 24 November. Local choirs will sing and there will be mulled wine and mince pies, and late opening for shops selling Christmas treats.

  • hay food festival

    Hay Food Festival

    On Saturday 25 November from 10am to 4pm, Hay Food Festival takes place in the Market Square, with more than 40 exhibitors, music, and a crafts fair in the Butter Market. There’s a feast of delicious local produce to taste and buy for Christmas presents.

  • Hay vintage wonder town

    Hay Does Vintage

    On Sunday 26 November, from 10.30 - 4pm, our clothing and costume treasures will be in town with their wonderful vintage fair. Visit the Market Square, Cheese Market and Butter Market for an abundance of vintage and retro stalls.


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