Ten things to do and see during Hay Festival

The world-renowned Hay Festival takes place in the small Welsh Town of Hay-on-Wye on the edge of the Brecon Beacons each year. The literary event attracts novelists, poets, scientists, musicians and comedians who congregate to celebrate great writing, music and comedy. This year’s festival runs from Thursday 21st May through to Sunday 31st May 2015.

Festival site © Finn Beales

There are 700 events over 10 days running from breakfast until midnight feasts across seven venues at the 2015 Hay Festival.

If you are coming to this year’s festival, then heading into town is a must.  Hay on Wye is full of interesting places to visit and is a short walk (or shuttle bus ride) away from the festival site.

Have a read of our top ten things to do during Hay Festival for ideas.

1. Head to one of the many second hand bookshops 

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Explore one of the many independent bookshops. Hay has a lot – it’s not known as the town of books for nothing. There is something for everyone.

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

2. Wander around Hay Castle

You can’t miss the Castle as it is located in the center of the market town.   Inside the grounds there are lots of shops for you to peruse.

3.Hire a bike

© Drover Cycles

Hire a bike from Drover Cycles they have bikes for roadies, mountain bikers and leisure riders. And if you want to take the string out of the hills, they have electric bikes too. Contact them here.

4. Buy an Ice-Cream

Pop into Shepherds to buy a delicious homemade ice-cream, then sit down and eat it. They also serve a great coffee and cake! Perfect way to watch the world go by.

© Shepherds

5. Explore all the wonderful independent shops

Shop! Hay has a great range of shops where you can buy anything from clothes to decorative nick-nacks.

6. Hire a canoe

© Wye Valley Canoe

Hire a canoe and spend some time discovering the beautiful River Wye. Contact canoe hire companies here. 

7. Find yourself a pub and sample a local ale

Get yourself into a local pub, there are plenty to try in Hay.  Have a look here

8. Go on a walk to the beach

Despite being landlocked, Hay on Wye has its very own beach. Yes, really. The Warren is a pebble beach about a 20 minute walk from town, find out more here

© Hay Warren

9. Have a vespa adventure

vespa hire

© Wye Valley Canoe

Hire a 50cc Piaggio Vespa Scooter* from Wye Valley Canoes  and go on your own mini adventure.   Pull up the seat, pack away a picnic and set off over the Gospel Pass, recently voted one of the most beautiful roads in the world. With a maximum speed of 30mph this is not your ticket to next-step-World-Superbikes but a lovely way to spend a bit of time getting away from the crowds.

10. Attend How The Light Gets In, the philosophy and music festival

© How the light gets in

Check out HowTheLightGetsIn , the philosophy and music festival that’s part of the Hay Festival Fringe. It’s on at the arts venue The Globe At Hay among others now until 1 June. Perfect way to spend an evening as there are some interesting performances to take in.  find the full programme here.

* you are able to hire a vespa if you passed your driving licence pre January 2001 you are able to hire a scooter without any further qualifications.  If you passed your driving licence after January 2001 you will require either a full bike licence or a valid CBT certificate.

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