Day Seven of the Advent Calendar Christmas Guide to Hay-on-Wye

santa hat christmasOn day seven of the Brecon Beacons Advent Calendar, we thought it was time to start thinking about doing some Christmas shopping.  So we’d like to suggest a trip to Hay-on-Wye!

Here’s a quick round-up of some of the best places to visit….

Hay clock tower by Drover Holidays ©Best Baby Shop
‘Hay Baby’ is a great place to buy Christmas gifts and clothing for children from birth to age nine.  From beautifully-made traditional wooden toys, personalised organic babygrows and t-shirts, a lovely range of books and games through to fantastic stocking fillers, they’ve got Christmas wrapped up!

Hay Baby, No. 1 The Pavement, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BU.  Tel: 01497 820 868. Open Monday – Saturday 10 – 4 and most Sundays up to Christmas from 11 – 4. You can also shop on-line at

Worthwhile Christmas Investment Gift

Midnight Sun by Martin Andrews, sold at the Lion Street Gallery

Midnight Sun by Martin Andrews, sold at the Lion Street Gallery

The Lion Street Gallery in Hay on Wye offers a stunning collection of original art in a whole range of formats. If you are looking for an inspired gift then they certainly have a unique collection of contemporary Welsh art on display to choose from. The gallery has some of the finest jewellery, sculptures and paintings on offer in the Brecon Beacons.

From December an exhibition will be on, called ‘the Beacons’ it showcases Beth Fletcher’s latest work.

Quirkiest Book Shop
Murder and Mayhem, Lion Street. Walk or stalk into the world of Detective Fiction, True Crime and Horror. The Baskerville Hound, Christie & Poe welcome you to the most bizarre and outrageously decorated bookshop in Hay-on-Wye. They’re always interested in buying green Penguin paperbacks.

Plenty to choose from inside the Great English Outdoors

Plenty to choose from inside the Great English Outdoors

Best Clothes Shop and Quality Gifts
The Great English Outdoors, since 1979, Athene English has showcased craftsmanship from Britain and overseas alongside her own fine leatherwork. Her experienced but eclectic craftsman’s eye seeks simplicity and ingenuity in design, authenticity of materials and excellence in workmanship.  Stop by and pick up some great Christmas gems.

Bike Shop
Drover Cycles
 is an independent bike shop based in Hay-on-Wye. Situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, their new property has really raised the profile of biking in the area.  Be sure to visit the shop if you’re looking to buy a bike or any accessories.  Drover Holidays are experts in their field and are very helpful when it comes to finding the right bike or parts.

Shop to Buy Gifts for the Ladies
DSCF1025-1The Bowie Gallery 
is the perfect place to buy that individual and unique present for your mum, dad or loved one.

Selling the very best in contemporary ceramics, jewellery and prints, they search the length and breadth of the United Kingdom to bring you something really special and made with love by some of the best and most creative minds in Britain.  And, if you stand under our mistletoe long enough this Christmas you’re bound to get a kiss!!

Great Christmas Self-Catering Places to Stay In Hay-on-Wye

If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas get away, so you can spend your festive season in a charming self-catering holiday cottage, how about staying in one of these?

Hideaways In Hay

Hideaways In Hay

The Meadows is within a ten minute walk of the centre of Hay-on-Wye and is a contemporary, warm and comfortable cottage with a small garden well built about eight years ago.

Georgian Coach House, is a romantic luxury holiday cottage that sleeps three people.  Situated in the heart of the town it’s the perfect place to stay in Hay!

Medieval Stables, is the sweetest of holiday cottages.  Sleeping two its a place that offers history and comfort combined.

Please to Visit For Some Food and Drink

A Cosy Pint
The Blue Boar, Castle Street, 
when the Christmas shopping gets too much than the Blue Boar is the perfect stop for tired legs.  Enjoy a nice pint in an atmospheric bar The-Old-Black-Lion-3982surrounded by the comfort of open fires.

Best Christmas Dinner
The Old Black Lion is renowned for its quality food and has received recognition and accolade over a number of years from various organisations. Enjoy a fine festive feast with some high quality food served up at this quality restaurant.

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