What’s on this May


Hay Festival Of Literature and The Arts-25th May- 4th June

Celebrating 30 years, Hay Festival has brought together writers from around the world to debate and share stories at its festival in the staggering beauty of the Welsh Borders. Hay celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking. We believe the exchange of views and meeting of minds that our festivals create inspire revelations personal, political and educational. Hay is, in Bill Clinton’s phrase, ‘The Woodstock of the mind’.

View our guide to the festival here. 

Crickhowell Open Studios-27-29th May

The Art Trail of Open Studios champions and celebrates local artists and their work. It is an annual event which takes place during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in May (27 – 29 May 2017). It affords visitors the opportunity to explore and enjoy the beautiful Brecon Beacons and surrounding countryside whilst visiting the studios of some of the area’s exceptional artists. Find out more here. 

Summer of Stories at Tretower Court and Castle– 30 May 2017

Wales is renowned worldwide for its literature and poetry, and this summer you will be able to experience the best of Welsh tale spinning. In conjunction with Summer of Stories, Cadw invites you to join a storyteller at a site near you this May and June to celebrate Wales’s oral heritage.Listen to stories based on historical characters, legends and myths from across Wales. Drop in to listen to a story based on Welsh culture and heritage.Each story can last up to 30 minutes. No booking required.

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Geopark Activity Day – 31st May 2017- 10am – 4pm.

Come and join us for a fun filled family activity day at Craig-y-nos Country Park.  Free entry, car park £5.

There will be lots of activities for all ages, including the very popular zip-wire, geocaching, woodland games and traditional crafts, plus lots more to see, do and discover.


National Botanic Gardens of Wales– 20th May

Make your own beautiful round basket from willow and a variety of foraged hedgerow material including birch, dogwood, hazel and ivy. Learn how to identify and select suitable natural materials for hedgerow weaving as well as the traditional techniques to weave a small round basket. The tutor will be Mel from  www.outtolearnwillow.co.uk and a small cost for materials to be paid on the day.

To enquire about a booking or if you have a question please e-mail education@gardenofwales.org.uk

Also on Offer….

Greenman Festival will be bringing a taste of Wales to the Capital this May Bank Holiday!……

Courtyard Festival by Greenman in Kings Cross- Thursday 25th May 2017 – Monday 29th May 2017

A beast of a beer fest at the Green Man Festival this May Bank Holiday.  This May bank holiday, Welsh music festival organiser Green Man returns to King’s Cross with a beast of a beer festival.

Courtyard, Green Man Festival, King's CrossGreat beer
Over 140 of the best Welsh beers and ciders from independent breweries will be on offer. This really is a treat for beer and cider connoisseurs.Great music
Pinegrove will be topping the party, bringing their emphatically endearing country-rock with them; Swedish export and GM favourites Dungen join us too; and following the release of their fifth album last month, Dutch Uncles will light up King’s Cross with their brilliantly witty, hip-swivelling left-field music. Plus founding member of The Coral, Bill Ryder-JonesHuw Stevens on the decks and many more.

Great fun
Expect weird and wonderful walkabout performances, puppet making, facepainting, street dance workshops, a kid’s disco, puppet theatre plus much much more. And there will be a daily twmpath (a Welsh ceilidh for those who don’t know!).

Great food
Wrap your chops around a sizzling selection of Welsh street food. Straight from the top of the bank at the back of Mountain’s Foot, The Grazing Shed will serve up their Super Tidy Burgers, delicious international flavours served on hand made corn tortillas from The Bearded Taco and FFWRNES will serve the most delicious Welsh stone-baked pizza all weekend.

The details
Courtyard will be at Lewis Cubitt Square from 25th to 29th May. Book your tickets here. You’ll also find the artist line-up and all the info on the beers and ciders.


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