Some exciting news here for our Winter Weekend fans: This year’s Hay Festival Winter Weekend, 23 – 26 November 2017, will be the biggest yet with a new 400-seater venue and extended programming.
The festival offers four days of family fun within the picturesque surrounds of the Hay’s independent bookshops, cafés, and markets.
Now in its 18th year, the programme of talks (announced 16 October) will be our most ambitious yet, highlighting the world’s best new fiction, non-fiction and poetry. A new venue will double the festival’s seated capacity and further transform the town centre into a playground of ideas. Events will also begin a day earlier than previous years, with programmed talks and performances from Thursday 23 November.
Workshops for young people take inspiration from the festival’s #HAYTREESproject, with tree- to-type printmaking, festival crafts and Forest School events, plus a host of engaging talks for all ages featuring the very best writers for young people.
The town’s atmospheric market square will be a focus of festivities:
On Friday 24 November, the Hay Christmas lights will be turned on, transforming the town into a winter wonderland brimming with festive cheer, accompanied by carol singing, readings and evening entertainment.
On Saturday 25 November, the Hay Food Festival celebrates all that’s good about winter cooking, with over 50 stalls showcasing the very best of local produce, from savoury to sweet.
On Sunday 26 November, Hay Does Vintage transforms the square into a festive outdoor fleamarket with over 50 vintage and retro traders offering a diverse collection of items from clothes, textiles and jewellery, to furniture, collectables, and kitchenalia.
Stay tuned for the full festival programme announced Monday 16 October, when tickets go on sale to Friends of Hay Festival. Tickets will be on general sale Thursday 19 October.