Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Hay Festival Winter Weekend is an annual mini-festival taking place just before Christmas in Hay-on-Wye. Events take place at venues around the town, and include a wide range of author events, music, comedy and performance, as well as workshops for kids and Christmas shopping. Don’t forget the Big Christmas Light Switch on this Friday! Here are some of the things you can enjoy…

22nd-Whiffeldy-THE OPENING NIGHT CEILIDH

Thursday 22 November 2018, 6pm – 9pm Venue: Festival Tent

A dance party for everyone to open the Winter Weekend celebrations. No country dancing experience necessary. Being up for a good time is essential.

23rd-Christmas Light Big Switch On

Venue: Cheese Market / Memorial Carpark. Time: 5pm – 7.30pm (lights switch-on at approximately 6pm). It’s free, just turn up! See Hay-on-Wye transformed into a winter wonderland brimming with festive cheer! 

23rd-Mary Portas- WORK LIKE A WOMAN

Friday 23 November 2018, 5.30pm Venue: Festival Tent
Mary Portas

Mary Portas is one of the UK’s most high profile businesswomen. She transformed Harvey Nichols, runs her own consultancy, made a career in TV (Mary Queen of Shops) and advised the Government on the future of High Streets. Today she talks candidly about her life and work and about how, after years of playing the business game, she rebuilt her business on the values that mattered to her. Don’t miss her advice on how to make the way we work better. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.Price: £10.00

23rd-Kate Humble

WAYFARING SPECIAL: THINKING ON MY FEET: Friday 23 November 2018, 7pm Venue: Festival Tent

Kate Humble

“I’ve discovered that going for a daily walk has become as essential to me feeling good for the rest of the day as that first cup of tea. But I would argue that all I am doing is responding to a natural need we all have. Humans have always been migrants, the physiological urge to be nomadic is deep-rooted in all of us and perhaps because of that our brains are stimulated by walking. I solve all sorts of problems, formulate ideas, work things out to that gentle rhythm of self-propelled movement.” Thinking on My Feet tells the story of Kate’s walking year – shining a light on the benefits of this simple activity. As she explores the reasons why we walk, whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, Kate’s reflections and insights will encourage, motivate and spur readers into action. Chaired by Horatio Clare. More here.

24th-Father Christmas

Saturday 24 November 2018, 12pm – 3pm Venue: Richard Booth’s Bookshop

Sledge your way over to meet Santa and his book elves.Drop in – no ticket required

25th-Gina Miller-RISE!

Sunday 25 November 2018, 5pm Venue: Festival Tent

Miller came to prominence when she successfully took the British government to the Supreme Court, challenging its authority to trigger Article 50, the formal notification to leave the EU, without parliamentary approval. Guyana-born Miller became the target of racist and sexist abuse, and physical threats. Rise is an unflinching account of what it means to stand up for justice, and for yourself, no matter what the cost. She discusses her book and why she felt compelled to write it. Chaired by Peter Florence. More here.

Find the reading list for the weekend here!

Find out more Christmas Fairs and Markets here!

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