Events in Hay town during the Winter Weekend

Hay town during Advent is full of activity, socialising and festive good cheer. These are some of the delights you can experience on a visit to Hay for our Winter Weekend festival.

Hay Festival Christmas Lights

Date: Friday 29 November 2019
Time: 5pm–7.30pm (lights switch on at approximately 6pm)
Venue: The Cheese Market / Memorial Car Park, Hay-on-Wye
Tickets: Free, just turn up

See Hay-on-Wye transformed into a winter wonderland brimming with festive cheer as a special guest turns on the town’s Christmas Lights during Hay Festival Winter Weekend.

Accompanied by carol singing, readings and evening entertainment, it’s an evening of family fun to kick off the weekend in good spirits.

Castle Street is closed to vehicles so lots of the independent shops spill out onto the pavement; chestnuts roast, mince pies are aplenty and cider and wine is mulled, the smells and sounds all inviting you down to the Cheese Market/Memorial Car Park where Hay School and more than twenty other local businesses have Christmas Stalls in the huge marquee.

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Hay Food Festival

Date: Saturday 1 December 2019
Time: 10am–4pm
Venue: Memorial Car Park, Hay-on-Wye
Tickets: Free, just turn up

Local food producers present a dazzling al-fresco marketplace bursting with Welsh flavour during Hay Festival Winter Weekend.

Taking over the Memorial Car Park in Hay-on-Wye, local producers offer a wide variety of scrumptious food and drink. Producers at the 2018 festival included Rhymney Brewery, Caroline’s Real Bread Company, Bee Dazzled Honey, Neuadd Fach Baconry, Welsh Cheese, Welsh Brew Tea and many others.

Foodies can choose to sample a little bit of everything, or tuck into their favourite foods and drink– and if that proves tiring, there are plenty of cafes, book stores and shops around the town where they can take a break.

There is no entrance charge so come along and sample what is on offer and buy those early Christmas presents.

Throughout the day, there will be fantastic entertainment on offer with local choirs and other musical treats.

Fairtrade Hay Christmas Fair

Date: Saturday 1 December 2019
Time: 10am–4pm
Venue: Buttermarket, Hay-on-Wye
Tickets: Free, just turn up

Buy gifts from ethical small businesses and find out how your money can make a difference to people in the developing world, including Timbuktu, twinned with Hay. Browse exquisite leatherwork and jewellery, artisan crafts and textiles, chocolates, almonds and dates for the Christmas table and tree. This year Hay is renewing its status as a Fairtrade Town and aims to encourage local traders and customers to think ethically at this time of giving and sharing.

Hay Artisan Market

Date: Sunday 25 November 2018
Time: 10.30am–4.30pm
Venue: Memorial Car Park, Hay-on-Wye

Hay Market Square is transformed into a festive outdoor artisan market with a wide range of traders offering a diverse collection of local arts and crafts. Get ahead with your Christmas shopping here.